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Turkey’s Fenerbahçe will visit Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, a Basque side that wants to turn its most recent victory into a streak, on Nov. 11 in Round 6 of the Euroleague at the Fernando Buesa Arena as Galatasaray Odeabank takes on Olympiacos.

The game in the Basque Country will be a rematch of last season’s Turkish Airlines Euroleague semifinal, in which Fenerbahçe needed overtime to beat Baskonia 88-77.

Fenerbahçe has a 4-1 record after losing against Unics Kazan at home last week. Bobby Dixon heads up the list of Fenerbahçe scorers with 4 points per game.

Ekpe Udoh is the team’s top rebounder with 7.6 per game, fourth-best in the competition.
 
Fenerbahçe boasts much better three-point accuracy than Baskonia (49.5 percent to 36.4 percent) with its two point guards, Dixon and Kostas Sloukas, being particularly accurate.

The Istanbul side is also shooting better at the free throw line. 

On defense, Fenerbahçe is holding opponents to fewer points (74.8) than Baskonia (81.4). 

But Baskonia has a resounding 11-6 record against Fenerbahçe over the years in Turkish Airlines Euroleague play. Baskonia has a 3-2 record this season, but lost its last home game against Olympiacos Pireaus. 

Toko Shengelia has been its best scorer until now with 14 points per game, followed by Shane Larkin with 12 points and Johaness Voigtmann with 10 points.

Baskonia has rebounded better than Fenerbahçe (35.6 to 30.6) until now, with Voigtmann averaging 7 boards, and has shot better from two-point range (55.4 percent to 46.0 percent).

Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul, meanwhile, meets visiting Olympiacos on Nov. 11 at Abdi Ipekci Arena. 

Olympiacos has a 4-2 record against Galatasaray over the years in Turkish Airlines Euroleague play.

In its last game, Galatasaray beat Olympiacos 79-74 in 2014. 

The host has a 0-5 record and is the only team still looking for a win in the premier competition.

Austin Daye has been Galatasaray’s scoring leader until now with 15 points per game but has been sidelined in his team’s last EuroLeague game. 

He is followed by Alex Tyus with 13 points and Justin Dentmon with 12 points.

Olympiacos enters the showdown with a 3-2 record, coming off a home loss against still-undefeated CSKA Moscow. 

Vassilis Spanoulus heads up the list of Olympiacos scorers with 14.8 points per game, followed by Georgios Printezis with 12 points and Erick Green with 10 points.

November/10/2016

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