Euroleague Basketball Picks
Two teams looking to bounce back after their latest defeats are clashing in the 5th round of Euroleague Basketball. The Adriatic League (ABA) champions Crvena Zvezda mts (1-2), are hosting the Russian Champions of CSKA Moscow (2-2), who are coming off a surprise home defeat by the weaker Alba Berlin.
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Date/Time: 10-22-2020, 14:45 EDT
Spread: Crvena Zvezda mts +7 Total: +155.5
Zvezda have a 1-2 record and are tied with Panathinaikos in the 11th place of the league. In their last game they lost by Zalgiris at home, 69-75. They were a 5.5-point favorite but failed to beat the odds.
Jordan Loyd leads the team in scoring with 21.3 ppg, adding 4.7 rebounds and 3 assists per game.
CSKA have a 2-2 record and are tied with two more teams in the 8th place. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak end. They lost by Alba Berlin at home, 88-93. They were a 13.5-point favorite but failed to cover the spread.
Mike James leads the team both in scoring with 19.8 ppg and in assists made with 4.8 per.
CSKA won both meetings last season.
At home by 26 points and on the road by 5.
They are 14-1 in their 15 total meetings in the competition.
Zvezda are 1-1 at home (7-8 last season), while CSKA are 1-1 on the road (9-5 last season).
CSKA are better offensively (77 to 74 ppg), while Zvezda are better defensively (75 to 79.5).
Both teams have a similar field goal percentage (42.9% to 42.7%), while CSKA have a better 3-point percentage (38.9% to 36.7%).
Zvezda are better both in assists made (15.7 to 14.2) and in turnovers committed (14 to 16.5).
On the other hand, CSKA are better in rebounding (31.8 to 29.7).
Bookmakers give CSKA Moscow a -7 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. They are the absolute favorite for the win but the hosts will surely force a closer game than that.
CSKA Moscow vs Crvena Zvezda mts Prediction: Crvena Zvezda mts +7 (-114)
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