Euroleague Basketball Picks
In the 15th round of action of Euroleague Basketball, the Turkish Champions Anadolu Efes (7-7), are hosting the Italian Olimpia Milano (8-5). The hosts have been mediocre this season and are coming off their worse defeat of the season. On the other hand, the guests have been playing much better and want to turn their latest major road victory into a streak.
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Date/Time: 12-17-2020, 12:30 EDT
Spread: Anadolu Efes -4.5 Total: +158.5
Anadolu Efes have a 7-7 record and are tied with Zalgiris in the 9th place. They have lost three of their last four matches. In their last game they lost by CSKA Moscow on the road, 100-65. They were a 3.5-point underdog but failed to cover the spread.
Vasilije Micic leads the team both in scoring with 13.8 ppg and in assists made with 4.7 per game.
Milano have an 8-5 record and are tied with two more teams in the 4th place. They have won two of their last three matches. In their last game they won Fenerbahce on the road, 71-79. They were a 3-point favorite and managed to beat the odds.
Kevin Punter leads the team in scoring with 15.3 ppg.
Efes won both meetings against Milano last season.
At home by 20 points and on the road by 5.
Back until the 2015/16 season, the home team have been always winning.
Efes are 1-3 at home, while Milano are 5-2 on the road.
Milano have the second-best offense in the league (82.2 to 77.3 ppg), while Efes are better defensively (78 to 80 ppg).
Both teams have a similiar field goal percentage (47.5% to 47.4%), while Milano have the best 3-point percentage (41.5% to 37.2%).
Milano are better in rebounding (26.7 to 25.8), while Efes are better in assists made (17.5 to 15.2).
Both teams are very close in turnovers committed (10.6 to 10.9).
Bookmakers give Efes a -4.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. They are struggling lately and they have been extremely weak at home. The guests will surely force a closer game or even get away with the win.
Olimpia Milano vs Anadolu Efes Prediction: Olimpia Milano +4.5 (-117)
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