Euroleague Basketball Picks
The German and Russian champions face off in the 4th round of action in Euroleague Basketball. Alba Berlin (0-3), which is one of the two teams without a single win yet in the league, are hosting CSKA Moscow (2-1), who on the other hand have found their rhythm with two straight victories.
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Date/Time: 10-16-2020, 13:00 EDT
Spread: CSKA Moscow -16.5 Total: +162.5
CSKA has a 2-1 record and are tied with 6 more teams in the third place of the league. They have back-to-back wins. In their last game they won on the road against Fenerbahce, 77-78 in overtime. They were a 2.5-point underdog but managed to beat the odds.
Will Clyburn leads the team in scoring with 17.7 ppg, while Mike James adds 17.3 ppg and a team-high 4.3 assists per game.
Alba has a 0-3 record and are tied with Khimki in the last place. In their last game they lost at home by Anadolu Efes, 72-93. They were an 8-point underdog and failed to cover the spread.
Marcus Eriksson leads the team in scoring with 15.3 ppg and he is the only Alba player averaging double digits in scoring.
Last season, CSKA won the only game against Alba with a 66-82 score.
CSKA were 10-4 at home last season, while Alba were 5-10 on the road.
Both teams are ineffective offensively, with ALBA being third-worse in the league (72.3) and CSKA fourth-worse (73.3).
Alba also has the second-worse defense (85.8 to 74.3 ppg).
CSKA has the worse field goal percentage in the league (39.7% to 44.4%).
Alba is better both in 3-point percentage (37% to 35.7%) and in assists made (16 to 14.7).
On the other hand, CSKA is better in rebounding, grabbing 32.7 to Alba’s second-worse of 24.
They also commit fewer turnovers per game, with 15.7 to Alba’s league-low of 16.3.
Bookmakers give CSKA Moscow a -16.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. Alba is among the bottom-three teams in the league in four major statistical categories and they don’t pose a threat against the experienced CSKA.
Alba Berlin vs CSKA Moscow Prediction: CSKA Moscow -16.5 (-108)
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