In the opening round of the Italian Basketball League (Lega Basket Serie A), two squads with opposite courses last year are clashing today, when the fifth last year New Basket Enel Brindisi (also known as Enel Brindisi), are hosting the 9th Pallacanestro Cantu, known as Red October Cantu (domestically) and FoxTown Cantu (in Europe).
Date/Time: 09-26-2019, 14:30 EDT
Spread: Brindisi -6
Brindisi finished last season with an 18-12 record and were tied with Sassari in the 5th place of the league. They had four consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against Sassari in Game 3 of the quarterfinals with an 87-92 score. They were led in scoring by Adrian Banks with 15.9 ppg, adding a team high 4.6 boards and a team high 4.1 dimes per game.
Cantu finished last season with a 16-14 record and were tied with three more teams in the 7th place of the league. In their last game they saw a three-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Sassari with an 87-81 score. They were led in scoring by Frank Gaines with 20.3 ppg, while Davon Jefferson added 18 ppg and 8.8 boards per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once at home (Brindisi by 17 points and Cantu by 2). Brindisi had a 10-5 home record, while Cantu were 6-9 on the road. Cantu were better offensively, scoring 84.2 ppg to Brindisi’s 81.8, while Brindisi had a better defense, allowing 79 ppg to Cantu’s 85.7. Cantu had a better field goal percentage (47% to 45.7%) and both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (34% to 33.9%). Cantu were better both in boards grabbed (37 to 32.8), while Brindisi were better both in turnovers committed (12 to 14.2) and in dimes made (17.8 to 17.1). Bookmakers give Brindisi a -6 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Cantu vs Brindisi Prediction: Brindisi -6 (-108)
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