Two squads sitting on opposite sides of the Euroleague Basketball are clashing in the 23rd round of action, when the Russian Champions and second CSKA Moscow (17-5), looking to extend their current winning streak, are hosting the third-worse Spanish Gran Canaria (6-16), who on the other hand are looking to end the longest active losing streak currently in the league.
Date/Time: 02-21-2019, 12:00 EDT
Spread: CSKA Moscow -16.5
CSKA Moscow have a 17-5 record so far this season and are currently tied with Real Madrid in the second place of the league. They have won six of their last seven matches and in their last game they won at home against Real Madrid with an 82-78 score. They are led in scoring by Nando De Colo with 14.8 ppg and 3.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Cory Higgins with 14.7 ppg. Will Clyburn adds 13.9 ppg, adding a team high 7 boards per game.
Gran Canaria have a 6-16 record so far this season and are currently tied with Buducnost in the second to last place of the league. They have lost nine of their last ten matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Anadolu Efes with a 93-74 score. They are led in scoring by Clevin Hannah with 11.5 ppg, adding 4.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Chris Evans with 10.2 ppg, while Marcus Eriksson adds 9.6 ppg.
In their previous meeting in the first round of the season, CSKA Moscow won on the road with a 91-106 score. CSKA Moscow have a 9-1 home record so far, while Gran Canaria are 2-8 on the road. CSKA are better both offensively, scoring 86.8 ppg to Gran Canaria’s 78.8 and defensively, allowing 80.6 ppg to Gran Canaria’s 87.8. CSKA Moscow have better percentages both in field goals (48.2% to 45.5%) and in 3-pointers (40.4% to 34.2%). Both teams are almost equal in dimes made (18 to 17.8), while CSKA Moscow are better both in boards grabbed (31 to 28.5) and in turnovers committed (11.5 to 12.7). CSKA are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -16.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy win against an inferior Gran Canaria team.
Gran Canaria vs CSKA Moscow Prediction: CSKA Moscow -16.5 (-113)
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