Fenerbahçe can become first team to advance into Final Four today

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 25.04.2017 01:06
Fenerbahçe can become first team to advance into Final Four today

Having secured sensational road wins last week, Fenerbahçe can become the first team to advance into the Final Four with a sweep in the best-of-five series as they return to Istanbul to host Panathinaikos Superfoods today.

The visitors scored the lowest number of points of all teams in the opening games, and will surely need more than their average of 66.5 points to keep the series alive.

To do so, the Greens will have to improve their true shooting percentage of 42.6 percent, the worst of all playoff teams.

Conversely, nobody has been shooting more accurately than Fenerbahçe, who has converted 54.5 percent of the points they attempted last week.

A few hours later, reigning champions CSKA Moscow can also advance into the Final Four with a road victory at Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz.

The Russian team gained a pair of narrow home wins last week partly thanks to compiling the best free-throw conversion rate in the playoffs by far (86.7 percent), and scoring more two-pointers than any other team (22 per game).

Baskonia need to take better care of the basketball after committing a playoff-high average of 19 turnovers in the first two games, but they will look to maintain their shooting accuracy after converting 62.1 percent of their two-point attempts, more than any of the other seven Final Four hopefuls

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