Euroleague Basketball Picks
Two teams with opposite records face off in the 12th round of the Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa), when Basket Zaragoza (2-8), are hosting FC Barcelona Lassa (8-2). The hosts are on a free fall, having won only once in their last 7 games. On the other hand, the guests are coming in hot and have lost once in their last 6.
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Date/Time: 11-22-2020, 12:30 EDT
Spread: Basket Zaragoza +10.5 Total: +155.5
Zaragoza have a 2-8 record and are tied with two more teams in the 15th place. They have lost six of their last seven matches. In their last game they lost by Fuenlabrada on the road, 82-81. They were a 3.5-point underdog but managed to cover the spread.
Dylan Ennis leads the team in scoring with 14 ppg.
Barcelona have an 8-2 record and are sitting in the third place. They are 5-5 against the spread. They have won five of their last six matches. In their last game they won Real Betis at home, 82-53. They were a 14.5-point favorite and easily beat the odds.
Nikola Mirotic leads the team both in scoring with 15.5 ppg and in rebounding with 5.5 per game.
In their only meeting last season, Zaragoza won at home by 6 points.
Their previous home victory was back in the 2013/14 season though.
Barcelona have won all 13 meetings in the meantime and are 6-0 on the road.
Zaragoza are 2-3 at home, while Barca are 2-2 on the road.
Zaragoza are better offensively (83.8 to 81.8 ppg), while Barca have the best defense in the league, allowing 72.4 ppg to Zaragoza’s league-low of 89.
Barcelona have better percentages both in field goals (48.4% to 45.8%) and in 3-pointers (39.6% to 33%).
They are second-best in assists made (20.1 to 16.9) and third-best in rebounding (34.2 to 31.3).
On the other hand, Zaragoza are only slightly better in turnovers committed (15 to 15.6).
Bookmakers give Barcelona a -10.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. Even though they have played one extra game during the week, they are on a period of excellent form and will easily win by more than 11 points today.
Barcelona vs Basket Zaragoza Prediction: Barcelona -10.5 (-118)
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