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Odds and Preview for the 2021-22 Turkish Basketball Super League

| September 7, 2021 11:58 am PDT

The Turkish Basketball Super League (Basketbol Süper Ligi) is one of the strongest national leagues in Europe. It’s been like that for more than 50 years, but it wasn’t until the 2010s when Turkish clubs became the European elite.

Anadolu Efes is a prime example, a team that the top sports betting sites expect to win back-to-back EuroLeague titles. This team is also favored to win the Turkish Basketball Super League for the third time since 2019. Efes is the reigning champ, having won the previous two installments (the 2020-21 season ended up cancelled).

Still, Efes hasn’t been the most dominant team in the Turkish league in recent times. Instead, the most successful club since the start of the 21st century has been Galatasaray, who won it eight times in the previous 14 seasons.

Can they bring the title back to the Turkish capital? Let’s see what oddsmakers have to say.

Odds to Win the Turkish BSL in 2021-22

Out of the 16 teams competing for the 2021-22 Turkish BSL title, Anadolu Efes looks like the strongest candidate.

They’re the most complete team here, they have the best odds, and they’re only coming in with more experience.

Odds suggest that this team’s main trophy competitor is going to be Fenerbahce, while all of the other teams seem like major underdogs.

Is it really just Efes/Fenerbahce or bust, though?

To gauge how you may want to bet on the 2021-22 Turkish BSL, let’s dive into the coming season and answer some key questions.

Why is Anadolu Efes the Favorite?

Because this is probably the strongest basketball team in Europe. Evidence of this is that the current MVP of the EuroLeague, Vasilije Micić, is playing shooting guard for Anadolu Efes.

Then, there’s also Shane Larkin in the point guard position, who’s probably the best US-born player currently in Europe.

Apart from having the best roster on the continent, Anadolu Efes also has a fantastic coach. The man in question is Ergin Ataman, who won the Turkish BSL five times with three different clubs – Besiktas, Galatasaray, and Efes.

The most recent of those title wins happened in 2021 when he led Efes to the 15th league trophy in the club’s history. If the same happens again, Efes will equal Galatasaray’s record of 16 titles.

Anadolu Efes certainly has the manpower to achieve that.

However, their focus is on the EuroLeague, a competition that hasn’t been this strong in a while. They want to keep the EuroLeague title in their possession which could steer them away from their domestic campaign.

If such a scenario plays out, the team that will likely profit the most is Fenerbahce.

Can Fenerbahce Rise Up?

Fenerbahce is the team with the most titles in the Turkish Basketball Super League in the 21st century. They won it eight times so far in this century, but the trouble is that the last of those wins happened in 2018.

There’s no doubt that Fenerbahce is one of the strongest basketball teams not only in Turkey but in entire Europe.

The only problem is that Anadolu Efes is stronger.

Nando De Colo Fenerbahce

In the two previous seasons, Fenerbahce finished as the runner-up. In fact, this is the team that finished in second place more than any other team in the league. It has happened 16 times so far and according to oddsmakers, it will probably happen again.

The fact is that Fenerbahce’s players aren’t as good as those playing for Anadolu Efes. However, Fenerbahce seems to have a much stronger roster than all the other 14 teams from the Turkish league.

Point guard Nando de Colo, the 2016 EuroLeague MVP (with CSKA Moscow) is their standout player, together with Jan Vesely, a center with NBA experience.

With guys like these on the roster, Fenerbahce will probably get to the Final Four for the eighth time in a row. Getting to the Playoffs also seems certain, which is something they did each time since the start of the century.

Can Galatasaray Surprise Everyone?

Even though Galatasaray is not among the favorites when it comes to winning the 2021-22 season of the Turkish Basketball Super League, this team shouldn’t be underestimated.

After all, this is a 16-time champion we’re talking about.
Galatasaray Turkish League Team Logo

Galatasaray is the most successful Turkish team, but they haven’t won a domestic title since 2013. Eight years is a lot in the world of basketball, proof being that only one player from their title-winning season is still on the roster – Goksenin Koksal.

However, Koksal probably isn’t going to play a too important role in the 2021-22 season. Instead, their starting five will probably be the players who have arrived in Galatasaray only recently, e.g., David Kravish, Kerry Blackshear Jr., DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, and so on.

These are all very talented players, but most of them still haven’t achieved much. Maybe the upcoming season is when they will take that giant leap forward?

I think they might, but that probably isn’t going to bring the title in their hands. Still, we could see them getting very far in the playoffs, possibly even getting to the Final Four.

Betting on the Winner of the 2021-22 Turkish Basketball Super League

Everything’s pretty much the same in Anadolu Efes as it was the last year. The players who won the last season’s Turkish BSL (as well as the 2021 EuroLeague) are still on the roster. They’re just one year older and more experienced.

Taking away the title from their hands seems like an impossible task for all the other 15 teams. I think it would be a big surprise if they didn’t keep the title in their possession for another year.

The odds on Anadolu Efes winning the Turkish league are only 1.50, which shows that oddsmakers think the same as me.

I also think Fenerbahce will be the runner-up for the third straight time. Oddsmakers, once again, agree. Actually, there seems to be only one thing we disagree on – the performance of Galatasaray in the 2021-22 season.

I think we might see its new players taking the team to the postseason. They probably aren’t going to be able to get ahold of the title, but if they did, I wouldn’t be too shocked.

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