Two teams coming off opposite results in their latest matchups are clashing in the 11th round of action of the European 2019 Basketball World Championship Qualifiers, when Bulgaria (4-6), who have not yet find a rhythm in the past 6 games, are hosting Russia (6-4), who on the other hand are looking to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 02-21-2019, 15:00 EDT
Spread: Bulgaria +6
Bulgaria have a 4-6 record so far in the tournament and currently sit in the second to last place of Group K. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against France with a 77-53 score. They are led in scoring by Aleksandar Vezenkov with 16.4 ppg, adding a team high 8.7 boards per game. He is followed by Pavel Boykov Marinov with 11.8 ppg and 2.5 dimes per game, while Stanimir Marinov adds 11.1 ppg and 4.1 dimes per game.
Russia have a 6-4 record so far in the tournament and currently sit in the third place of Group K. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Czech Republic with an 81-61 score. They are led in scoring by Alexey Shved with 19 ppg, adding a team high 6 dimes per game. He is followed by Joel Bolomboy with 15 ppg and 6 boards per game, while Dmitry Khvostov adds 12.4 ppg and 4.5 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting in the first round of the qualifiers Russia won at home with a 77-73. Russia are better both offensively, scoring 77.1 ppg to Bulgaria’s 75.5 and defensively, allowing 71.7 ppg to Bulgaria’s 78. Both teams have almost identical 2-point percentage (50.6% to 50.5%) and Russia have a better 3-point percentage (35% to 32.8%). Russia are better in dimes made (18 to 17) and in boards grabbed (35 to 33), while both teams commit exactly 13 turnovers per game. Russia are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -6 spread and expect them to beat the odds against an inferior and unstable Bulgaria team.
Russia vs Bulgaria Prediction: Russia -6 (-112)
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