Euroleague Basketball Picks
Two teams sitting on the bottom five places of the Euroleague Basketball face off in the 8th round of action. The French Champions Lyon-Villeurbanne (1-3), are hosting the Serbian Champions of Crvena Zvezda mts (2-4). The hosts are looking to build on the momentum of their first victory of the season. The guests are struggling, having won only once in their last 4 games.
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Date/Time: 11-11-2020, 14:45 EDT
Spread: Lyon-Villeurbanne -2.5 Total: +152
Lyon have a 1-3 record and are sitting in the third to last place. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak. They won Baskonia on the road, 86-88. They were an 8.5-point underdog but managed to beat the odds.
Moustapha Fall leads the team both in scoring with 12.5 ppg and in rebounding with 6 per game.
Crvena Zvezda have a 2-4 record and are sitting in the 14th place. They have lost three of their last four matches. In their last game they lost on the road by Bayern, 74-59. They were a 3.5-point underdog and failed to beat the odds.
Jordan Loyd leads the team both in scoring with 20.3 ppg and in rebounding with 5.2 per game.
In their two meetings last season, each team won once on the road.
Zvezda by 3 points and Lyon by 2 in overtime.
Lyon are 0-1 at home, while Zvezda are 0-3 on the road.
Lyon have the third-worse offense in the league, scoring 74.5 ppg to Zvezda’s second-worse of 74.
Crvena Zvezda are better defensively (77.7 to 80.3 ppg).
Zvezda have the worse field goal percentage in the league (42% to 48.2%), while Lyon have the worse 3-point percentage (30.3% to 37.1%).
Crvena Zvezda are better in turnovers committed (13.7 to 15.5), while Lyon are better in assists made (17.8 to 14.3).
Both teams are very close in rebounding (29.8 to 29.5).
Bookmakers give Lyon-Villeurbanne a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. The guests have been horrible on the road and struggling mightily, so they do not pose much of a threat.
Crvena Zvezda mts vs Lyon-Villeurbanne Prediction Lyon-Villeurbanne -2.5 (-115)
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