Euroleague Basketball Picks
Two of the best teams of the Russian VTB United League are clashing in this showdown in Moscow. Khimki Moscow Region (2-4), are hosting the defending champions of CSKA Moscow (4-1). The hosts are off to a rough start and have already two losing streaks on their backs. The guests on the other hand, are coming in hot and looking to extend their lengthy winning streak.
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Date/Time: 11-09-2020, 12:00 EDT
Spread: Khimki M. +5.5 Total: +164.5
Khimki have a 2-4 record and are tied with Astana in the 8th place. They have back-to-back losses. In their last game they lost on the road by Saratov, 85-82. They were a 11.5-point favorite but failed to beat the odds.
Alexey Shved leads the team both in scoring with 18 ppg and in assists made with 8 per game.
CSKA have a 4-1 record and are sitting in the 4th place. They have three consecutive wins. In their last game they won Enisey at home, 109-60. They were a 25-point favorite and managed to cover the spread.
Will Clyburn leads the team in scoring with 17 ppg.
CSKA led Khimki 2-1 wins last season and were 1-1 on the road.
They won by 9 for Euroleague and lost by 16 in the domestic league.
Khimki are 0-2 at home, while CSKA are 1-0 on the road.
CSKA have the best offense in the league (98.2 to 84.3 ppg) and are also better defensively (72.6 to 83.3 ppg).
They also have better percentages both in field goals (51.5% to 45.3%) and in 3-pointers (44.1% to 30.3%).
CSKA are better both in rebounding (33.8 to 31.8), in turnovers committed (10.4 to 12.5) and in assists made (22.6 to 21.3).
Bookmakers give CSKA Moscow a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. Khimki are 1-7 in their last total 8 games and struggling mightily right now.
CSKA Moscow vs Khimki M. Prediction: CSKA Moscow -5.5 (-108)
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