Anadolu Efes with a complete roster at Valencia Basket

This will be one of the most exciting battles of the round in the Euroleague. The Spaniards from Valencia that are having a good season so far hosting title contender Anadolu Efes. The Turkish squad had many problems with missings last month, when Shane Larkin, Dunston Bryant, Rodrigue Beaubois, Vasilije Micic and Tibor Pleiss were sidelined. Step by step they are back with the team and now Efes have a complete roster.

The game will be very interesting since Valencia Basket is having the homecourt advantage but some absent players so the favourite to win the encounter seems to be Anadolu Efes. Very tough to say who will win this game, very balanced like almost every duel in the main competition of Europe. It depends a lot of how the players are recovered from injuries and from Covid.

The best example was during a weekend when Efes played at Petkim in the domestic league. They looked like a solid team til the halftime when they had a comfortable lead of 18 points. Then, in the second part of the encounter, Petkim with a much shorter and inexperienced roster bounced back and led in the last quarter almost winning the game. So as you can see the teams can oscillate very much especially when the players are recovering after Coronavirus and injuries. The lack of practice and physical capacity can affect them a lot.

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