Euroleague Basketball Picks
Two teams coming off victories in their latest matchups are clashing in the third round of Euroleague Basketball. The Turkish Fenerbahce Istanbul (2-0), who are one of the five undefeated teams so far in the league, are hosting the Russian Champions CSKA Moscow (1-1). CSKA bounced back after their defeat in the opening game and want to continue on the winning ways.
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Date/Time: 10-14-2020, 13:45 EDT
Spread: Fenerbahce -3 Total: +158.5
Fenerbahce have a 2-0 record and are tied with four more teams in the first place of the league. In their last game they won on the road against Anadolu Efes with a 71-80 score. They were a 2-point underdog but managed to beat the odds.
Lorenzo Brown leads the team in scoring with 17 ppg, adding 3 assists per game. Nando De Colo follows with 16 ppg, 5 rebounds and a team-high 5.5 assists per game.
CSKA have a 1-1 record and are tied 7 more teams in the 6th place. In their last game they won at home against Maccabi Tel Aviv with a 76-72 score. They were a 6.5-point favorite but failed to cover the spread.
Mike James leads the team both in scoring with 19 ppg and in assists made with 3.5 per game.
In their only meeting last season, CSKA won easily at home with an 88-70 score.
Fenerbahce are 1-0 at home, while CSKA are 0-1 on the road.
Fener are better offensively (78.5 to 71 ppg) and they have the best defense in the league (67 to 74 ppg).
CSKA have the worse field goal percentage in the league (38.8% to 47.5%), while Fener have the best 3-point percentage (46.3% to 34%).
On the other hand, CSKA are better in turnovers committed (14.5 to 17).
Fenerbahce are better both in assists made (15.5 to 13) and second-best in rebounding (35 to 31).
Bookmakers give Fenerbace a -3 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They have been playing much better so far and it can be seen in the court as well as on paper.
CSKA Moscow vs Fenerbahce Prediction: Fenerbahce -3 (-110)
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