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In the 3rd round of the Euroleague Basketball, two squads looking to bounce back after their latest defeats are clashing, when the Turkish Champions Fenerbahce (0-2), who are still winless in the season, are hosting the Spanish Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (1-1), who also want to return to the winning ways.
Date/Time: 10-17-2019, 13:45 EDT
Spread: Fenerbahce -8.5
Fenerbahce have a 0-2 record so far this season and are tied with four more teams in the last place of the league table. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against Crvena Zvezda with a 68-56 score. They are led in scoring by Nando De Colo with 20.5 ppg, adding 4 boards and a team high 3 dimes per game. He is followed by Derrick Williams with 9.5 ppg and a team high 8.5 boards per game.
Baskonia have a 1-1 record so far this season and are tied with seven more teams in the 6th place of the league table. In their last game they lost on the road against Khimki with a 79-76 score. They are led in scoring by Tornike Shengelia with 15.5 ppg, adding a team high 6 boards per game. He is followed by Pierra Henry with 10 ppg and 5 boards per game.
Fenerbahce won both meetings against Baskonia last season (at home by 9 points and on the road by 2). This will be Fener’s first home game, while Baskonia are 1-1 on the road.
Baskonia are better both offensively, scoring 73 ppg to Fener’s 66.5 and defensively, allowing 68.5 ppg to Fener’s 74.5. They also have a better field goal percentage (44.4% to 39.3%), while Fenerbahce have a better 3-point percentage (34% to 24.4%). Baskonia are better both in boards grabbed (35 to 27.5) and in turnovers committed (12.5 to 14.5), while Fenerbahce are better in dimes made (13 to 12). Bookmakers give Fenerbahce a -8.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as the guests will surely force a closer game than that.
Baskonia vs Fenerbahce Prediction: Baskonia +8.5 (-111)
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