Two teams that were eliminated from the series they were participating in last season’s Italian Basketball League (Lega Basket Serie A) are clashing in the first semifinals of this season’s Super Cup as the second-seeded Cremona, who were eliminated in the semifinals, are hosting the fourth-seeded Sassari that were defeated in the finals.
Date/Time: 09-21-2019, 12:00 EDT
Spread: Cremona +2.5
Cremona finished last season with a 20-10 record and were placed 2nd in the league. They had back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against Venezia in game 3 of the semifinals with a 69-79 score and were eliminated. They were led in scoring by Drew Crawford with 17.8 ppg, adding 4.2 boards per game. He was followed by Wesley Saunders with 11.4 ppg and 6.5 boards per game
Sassari finished last season with a 18-12 record and were placed 4th in the league. They had lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Venezia in Game 7 of the Finals with an 87-61 score. They were led in scoring by Rashawn Thomas with 14.1 ppg and 7.2 boards per game. He is followed by Scott Bamforth with 19 ppg, adding 3.1 dimes per game. He was followed by Rashawn Thomas with 14.1 ppg and 7.2 boards per game.
Cremona won both meetings against Sassari last season (at home by 7 points and on the road by 20). Cremona had a 11-4 home record, while Sassari were 6-4 on the road. Sassari were better offensively, scoring 89.8 ppg to Cremona’s 86.3, while Cremona were better defensively, allowing 82 ppg to Sassari’s 84. Sassari had better percentages both in field goals (46.5% to 44.9%) and in 3-pointers (37.7% to 33.5%). They were also better both in boards grabbed (38.3 to 36.8) and in dimes made (17.1 to 15.6), while both teams committed exactly 12.3 turnovers per game. Bookmakers give Sassari a -2.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the hosts in this one.
Sassari vs Cremona Prediction: Cremona +2.5 (-115)
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