In round 1 of the Euroleague Basketball we have a rematch of last year’s third place game, when the Spanish Champions and third last season Real Madrid, are hosting the Turkish Champions and first last season Fenerbahce.
Date/Time: 10-03-2019, 15:00 EDT
Spread: Real Madrid -6
Real Madrid finished last season with a 22-8 record and were placed 3rd in the league. They have four consecutive wins in the Spanish league and in their last game they won at home against Murcia with a 97-69 score. They were led in scoring by Anthony Randolph with 12.5 ppg, adding 4.3 boards per game.
Fenerbahce finished last season with a 25-5 record and placed on top of the league. In the opening game of the Turkish League they won on the road against Sigortam.net ITU with a 57-90 score. They were led in scoring by Jan Vesely with 12.3 ppg, adding a team high 4.7 boards per game.
In their three meetings last season Real Madrid led Fenerbahce 2-1 wins, winning the only home game by 15 points. Real Madrid had a 13-2 home record last season, while Fenerbahce were 10-5 on the road. Real Madrid were better offensively, 85.9 ppg to Fener’s 84.3, while Fenerbahce were better defensively, allowing 75.8 ppg to Real Madrid’s 78.1. Fenerbahce had better percentages both in field goals (52.2% to 48.6%) and in 3-pointers (42.8% to 37.9%). Real Madrid were better both in boards grabbed (33.1 to 26.5) and in dimes made (20.1 to 18.1), while Fenerbahce were better in turnovers committed (10.9 to 11.4). Bookmakers give Real Madrid a -6.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Fenerbahce vs Real Madrid Prediction: Real Madrid -6 (-112)
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