Euroleague Basketball Picks
In this filler round of Euroleague Basketball, two squads that are coming off single defeats that ended their previous winning streaks are clashing. The Turkish Anadolu Efes (6-5), are hosting the French Champions of Lyon-Villeurbanne (3-7). The hosts are coming off a shocking home defeat, while the guests gave Real Madrid a hard time on the road.
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Date/Time: 12-08-2020, 12:30 EDT
Spread: Anadolu Efes -8 Total: +157
Anadolu Efes have a 6-5 record and are tied with Baskonia in the 8th place. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak end. They lost by Baskonia at home, 59-77. They were a 6-point favorite but failed to cover the spread.
Shane Larkin leads the team in scoring with 14.8 ppg, adding 3.2 rebounds and 5 assists per game.
Lyon have a 3-7 record and are sitting in the second to last place. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak end. They lost by Real Madrid on the road, 91-84. They were a 11-point underdog but managed to beat the odds.
Moustapha Fall leads the team both in scoring with 12.3 ppg and in rebounding with 6.5 per game.
Efes won both meetings against Lyon last season and lead them 4-0 wins in Euroleague.
At home by 27 points and on the road by 6.
Efes are 1-4 at home, while Lyon are 1-4 on the road.
They are better both offensively (79.2 to 75.5 ppg) and defensively (77.5 to 78.4 ppg).
Efes also have better percentages both in field goals (48.3% to 45.6%) and in 3-pointers (38.1% to 35.1%).
They are better both in assists made (19.2 to 16.9) and in turnovers per game (11.1 to 15.4).
On the other hand, Lyon are only better in rebounding (30.3 to 25.5).
Bookmakers give Anadolu Efes a -8 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. They are still the favorite for the win, but they have been terrible at home and expect the hosts to force a closer game than that today.
Lyon-Villeurbanne vs Anadolu Efes Prediction: Lyon-Villeurbanne +8 (-114)
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