Two Spanish squads face off in the 23rd round of action of the Euroleague Basketball are clashing, when FC Barcelona Lassa (13-9), looking to extend their current small winning streak, are hosting Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (11-11), who have lost only once in their last 5 games.
Date/Time: 02-21-2019, 15:00 EDT
Spread: Barcelona -6
Barcelona have a 13-9 record so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the league. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against zalgiris Kaunas with a 78-72 score. They are led in scoring by Thomas Heurtel with 11.1 ppg, adding a team high 4.6 dimes per game. He is followed by Ante Tomic with 9.2 ppg and a team high 4.5 boards per game, while Kevin Seraphin adds 9.1 ppg and 4 boards.
Baskonia have a 11-11 record so far this season and are currently tied with two more teams in the 7th place of the league. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against Bayern with a 76-68 score. They are led in scoring by Tornike Shengelia with 12.7 ppg, adding 4.5 boards per game. He is followed by Matt Janning with 11.2 ppg, while Vincent Poirier adds 11.2 ppg and a team high 7.6 boards per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season Barcelona won twice on the road by an average of 8 points. Barcelona have a 7-3 home record so far, while Baskonia are 4-8 on the road. Baskonia are better offensively, scoring 81.7 ppg to Barcelona’s 78.3, while Barcelona are better defensively, allowing 76.4 ppg to Baskonia’s 80. Baskonia have better percentages both in field goals (47.8% to 47.1%) and in 3-pointers (36.7% to 35.6%). They are also better in dimes made (18.3 to 16.5) and in boards grabbed (31.7 to 31.3) and both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (12.2 to 12.4). Barcelona are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -6 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a weak on the road Baskonia squad.
Baskonia vs Barcelona Prediction: Barcelona -6 (-110)
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