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In the third round of action in the Euroleague Basketball, two teams coming off opposite results in their previous games are clashing, when the Spanish FC Barcelona Lassa (2-0), who want to remain perfect in the competition, are hosting the German Alba Berlin (1-1), who on the other hand are looking to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Date/Time: 10-18-2019, 15:00 EDT
Spread: Barcelona -12.5
Barcelona have a 2-0 record so far this season and are currently tied with four more teams in the first place of the league table. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against Zenit with a 63-87 score. They are led in scoring by Nikola Mirotic with 20.5 ppg, adding a team high 7 boards per game. He is followed by Kyle Kuric with 12 ppg.
Alba have a 1-1 record so far this season and are currently tied seven more teams in the 6th place of the league table. In their last game they lost on the road against Anadolu Efes with a 106-105 score in overtime. They are led in scoring by Rokas Giedraitis with 15 ppg, adding 5.5 boards per game. He is followed by Marcus Eriksson with 15 ppg and 4 boards per game.
In their two meetings back in the 2014/15 season each team won once at home by 10 points. This will be Barcelona’s first home game this season, while Alba are 0-1 on the road. Alba are better offensively, scoring a league-best of 95 ppg to Barcelona’s 80.5, while Barcelona are better defensively, allowing 63.5 ppg to Alba’s 85.5. Alba Berlin have better percentages both in field goals (48.3% to 45.7%) and in 3-pointers (45.8% to 44.7%). They are also better in dimes made (25.5 to 20.5), in turnovers committed (8.5 to 11) and in boards grabbed (38.5 to 34). Bookmakers give Barcelona a -12.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy victory at home.
Alba Berlin vs Barcelona Prediction: Barcelona -12.5 (-113)
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