In the second semifinal of this season’s Italian Basketball League (Lega Basket Serie A) Super Cup, the defending champions and third-seeded Venezia, after winning a thrilling Finals series against Sassari with 4-3 wins, are hosting the fifth-seeded Brindisi, who were swept in the quarterfinals by Sassari last season.
Date/Time: 09-21-2019, 14:30 EDT
Spread: Venezia -4.5
Venezia finished last season with a 20-10 record and were placed 3rd in the league. They had won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against Sassari in Game 7 of the Finals with an 87-61 score and were crowned champions. They were led in scoring by Mitchell Watt with 14 ppg, adding 5.4 boards per game. He was followed by Austin Daye with 12.8 ppg and 5.4 boards per game.
Brindisi finished last season with a 18-12 record and were placed 5th in 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 and were eliminated. They were led in scoring by Adrian Banks with 15.9 ppg, adding 4.6 boards and a team high 4.1 dimes per game. He was followed by John Brown with 14.3 ppg and a team high 6.4 boards per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once at home (Venezia by 11 points and Brindisi by 6). Venezia had a 11-4 home record, while Brindisi were 8-7 on the road. Brindisi were better offensively, scoring 81.8 ppg to Venezia’s 81.3, while Venezia were better defensively, allowing 75.2 ppg to Brindisi’s 79. Both teams had almost identical field goal percentage (45.8% to 45.7%), while Venezia had a better 3-point percentage (36.1% to 33.9%). Venezia were better both in boards grabbed (33.7 to 32.8) and in dimes made (18.2 to 17.8), while Brindisi were better in turnovers committed (12 to 12.6). Bookmakers give Venezia a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Brindisi vs Venezia Prediction: Venezia -4.5 (-115)
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