In the first round opener of the Euroleague Basketball playoffs, we have an all-Russian showdown between two Moscow teams, when the first CSKA Moscow (24-6), are hosting the 8th Khimki Moscow Region (16-14). The game takes place at the Megasport Arena in the city of Moscow, Russia on Tuesday, April 17th 2018. Euroleague Khimki M. vs CSKA Moscow Game 1 Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 04-17-2018, 13:00 EDT
Spread: CSKA Moscow -11.5
CSKA Moscow finished the regular season with a 24-5 record and were placed first in the league. They have seven consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Crvena Zvezda with a 92-81 score. They are led in scoring by Nando De Colo with 17.2 ppg, adding 4 assists per game. He is followed by Cory Higgins with 13.6 ppg, while Sergio Rodriguez adds 13.5 ppg and a team high 4.8 assists per game.
Khimki finished the regular season with a 16-14 record so far this season. Khimki tied Baskonia for 7th place on the league table. However, Khimki earned the 8th slot by losing the tie-breaker. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against Barcelona with an 86-82 score. They are led in scoring by Alexey Shved with 21.4 ppg. Shved adds a team high 5.2 assists per game. He is followed by Anthony Gill with 11 ppg and 4.6 rebounds. While Tyler Honeycutt adds 9.9 ppg and 5.4 rebounds.
CSKA Moscow have won all four previous meetings against Khimki this season (in the Russian league with an average of 17 points and in Euroleague by an average of 14 points). The CSKA squad are the best home team in the league with a 14-1 record, while Khimki are 7-8 on the road. Moscow has the best offense in the league with 89.5 ppg to Khimki’s 77.9, while Khimki are better defensively, allowing a 78.4 ppg to CSKA’s 79.6. CSKA Moscow lead the league both in field goal percentage, shooting with 51.8% to Khimki’s 45.1% and in 3-point percentage, shooting with 42.7% to Khimki’s 35.7%. Both teams are almost equal in rebounding, grabbing 29.7 and 29.4 per game and make exactly 18.2 assists per game. CSKA Moscow commit slightly less turnovers (11.3 to 11.7). CSKA Moscow are the absolute favorite and have won all four previous times by more than 12 points. Bookmakers give them a -11.5 spread today which they are expected to beat for the home win.
Khimki M. vs CSKA Moscow Game 1 Prediction: CSKA Moscow -11.5 (-113)
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