History will be made on Tuesday night when for the first time, three winner-take-all Game 5s will be played in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs. And all three visiting teams have a chance to add to the historic occasion. Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich, which play respective opponents Anadolu Efes Istanbul and AX Armani Exchange Milan, can become the first teams to ever come back from 0-2 series deficits to reach the Final Four. Zenit St Petersburg visits FC Barcelona aiming to become the first eight-seeded playoff team to knock out the regular season champ.
Much is at stake, but given the situation, the pressure is on the three home teams. Just by forcing Game 5s against higher-seeded teams, the Game 5 visitors can feel proud and they can go for the kill knowing they are playing with house money. That thinking could also make all the difference in the EuroLeague FabFive Challenge.
Perhaps not all the visiting teams will play freely. But if home-court advantage is often a big consideration in the EuroLeague FabFive Challenge, maybe this week it’s worth looking at the visitors carefully before making your final choice.
With that in mind, here are some recommendations for choosing your FabFive Challenge team for Game 5 of the playoffs:
Range 1 (0 to 3.99) – At this point, we can expect that regardless of whether Walter Tavares plays in Game 5, Alex Tyus will get his share of minutes for Real Madrid. The midseason signing, who didn’t play in Game 1 of the series, has averaged 7.3 points as a starter in the last three.
Range 2 (4 to 7.99) – The last two games have been something of a coming-out party for Real big man Usman Garuba. Efes will surely have a plan to stop him, but Garuba’s raw strength combined with his newfound confidence makes him a worthy selection.
Range 3 (8 to 11.99) – This has been a historic shooting season for Barcelona’s Kyle Kuric and he has been even better in the playoffs, during which he’s knocked down 10 of 15 two-pointers (66.7%), 5 of 7 threes (71.4%) and 7 of 7 free throws. It may be wise for Barca to ride Kuric in Game 5.
Range 4 (12 to 14.99) – No player has had a better playoffs than Zenit’s Kevin Pangos and there is not much room for major tactical changes ahead of Game 5, so barring a horrible shooting game, he seems like a player with a safe floor and a sky-high ceiling.
Range 5 (15.0 or higher) – Game 5 of the playoffs is where the superstars set themselves apart from the also-rans. Wade Baldwin IV has had a great season and the Bayern guard is not only hungry to win and reach the Final Four, but to prove he belongs in the elite category.
Make sure to follow the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs and enjoy competing in the EuroLeague FabFive Challenge. Good luck!
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