Euroleague Basketball Picks
An all-Russian showdown takes place in the 15th round of action of Euroleague Basketball when CSKA Moscow (11-3), are hosting Zenit St. Petersburg (8-4). The hosts are extremely hot and looking to extend the longest active winning streak in the league. The guests have lost their rhythm lately and haven’t won or lost a second straight game three weeks.
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Date/Time: 12-18-2020, 12:00 EDT
Spread: CSKA Moscow -8.5 Total: +155
CSKA have a 11-3 record and are tied with Barcelona in the first place. They have nine consecutive wins and in their last game they won Anadolu Efes at home, 100-65. They were a 3.5-point favorite and easily covered the spread.
Mike James leads the team both in scoring with 19.8 ppg and in assists made with 5.5 per game.
Zenit have an 8-4 record and are sitting in the 6th place. They have won two of their last three matches. In their last game they won Bayern at home, 79-75. They were a 3-point favorite and managed to beat the odds.
Austin Hollins leads the team in scoring with 10.6 ppg.
In their only meeting last season, CSKA won at home by 8 points and are 20-0 all-time at home against Zenit.
They are 6-1 at home, while Zenit are 6-1 on the road.
CSKA have the best offense in the league, scoring 84.3 ppg to Zenit’s third-worse of 74.7.
On the other hand, Zenit have the second-best defense (72.7 to 78.1 ppg).
Both teams have identical field goal percentage (45.8%), while CSKA have a better 3-point percentage (38.7% to 34%).
CSKA are better in rebounding (31.6 to 29.9), while Zenit are better in assists made (16.7 to 15.9).
Both teams are very close in turnovers committed (12.9 to 13.2).
Bookmakers give CSKA Moscow a -8.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. They are the absolute favorite for the win but the guests will surely force a closer game than that. They are the best road team in the league and know their opponents very well from the Russian league.
Zenit Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow Prediction: Zenit Petersburg +8.5 (-113)
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