Euroleague Basketball Picks
Two squads on opposite trajectories face off in the 8th round of the Euroleague Basketball. The Russian Champions CSKA Moscow (4-3), are hosting the Spanish Champions of Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (3-3). The hosts got back on track after a rough start and have won two straight. On the other hand, the guests have been mediocre so far and have dropped their last two games.
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Date/Time: 11-12-2020, 12:00 EDT
Spread: CSKA Moscow -9.5 Total: +156.5
CSKA have a 4-3 record and are tied with Fenerbahce in the 6th place of the league. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won Panathinaikos on the road, 83-89. They were a 6.5-point favorite and managed to beat the odds.
Will Clyburn leads the team in scoring with 18 ppg, while Mike James adds 16.4 ppg and a team-high 5.3 assists per game.
Baskonia have a 3-3 record and are tied with Anadolu Efes in the 9th place of the league. They have back-to-back losses. In their last game they lost by Lyon-Villeurbanne at home, 86-88. They were an 8.5-point favorite but failed to beat the odds.
Rokas Giedraitis leads the team in scoring with 13.6 ppg, shooting with 53.8% in 2-pointers and 40.9% in 3-pointers.
In their two meetings last season, each team won once at home.
CSKA by 4 points and Baskonia by 10.
CSKA leads Baskonia 31-10 wins all-time in the competition.
They are 2-1 at home, while Baskonia are 0-1 on the road.
CSKA are better offensively (80.7 to 76.6 ppg), while Baskonia are better defensively (74.6 to 80.3 ppg).
Baskonia have a better field goal percentage (43.9% to 43%), while CSKA have a better 3-point percentage (38.5% to 34.3%).
Baskonia are better in assists made (16.6 to 15.6), while CSKA are better in turnovers committed (13.4 to 14.6).
Both teams are very close in rebounding (30.4 to 30.2).
Bookmakers give CSKA Moscow a -9.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. They are the favorite today, but they will not win by more than 10 points.
Baskonia vs CSKA Moscow Prediction Baskonia +9.5 (-111)
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