Spanish ACB Barcelona vs Murcia Picks, Spread and Prediction

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In the 8th round of the Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa), the powerhouse of FC Barcelona Lassa (5-1), who saw their superstar Nikola Mirotic return to the lineup off the bench, are visiting UCAM Murcia (3-3). The hosts saw their first winning streak of the season end and are looking to bounce back at home today.

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Date/Time: 10-27-2020, 15:15 EDT
Spread: Murcia +8 Total: +156.5

Murcia have a 3-3 record and are tied with four more teams in the 9th place of the league. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak end. They lost by Zaragoza on the road, 98-86. They were a 5.5-point underdog and failed to cover the spread.

Conner Frankamp leads the team both in scoring with 20 ppg and in assists made with 3.7 per game.

Barcelona have a 5-1 record and are sitting in the 3rd place. They have back-to-back wins. In their last game they won Andorra at home, 82-71. They were a 11.5-point favorite but failed to beat the odds.

Nikola Mirotic leads the team both in scoring with 15 ppg and in rebounding with 6 per game.

In their previous friendly meeting this season, Barcelona won at home by 5 points.

Last season, Barca won on the road by 4 points.

For the previous two seasons both teams were 1-1 each year.

Murcia are 2-1 at home, while Barcelona are 1-1 on the road.

Barcelona are better offensively (81.7 to 80.7 ppg) and they have the second-best defense in the league (73.1 to 82.2 ppg).

They also have better percentages both in field goals (48.1% to 44.4%) and in 3-pointers (40.5% to 32%).
Murcia are second-best in rebounding with 35, while Barcelona follows third with 33.8.

On the other hand, Barca leads the league in assists made (22.2 to 15)

Murcia commit fewer turnovers per game (12.7 to 14).

Bookmakers give Barcelona a -8 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. They are the favorite for the win, but historically Murcia has been giving them a hard time. Also, Barca has played four total games since October 18th, while Murcia have played only one.

Barcelona vs Murcia Prediction: Murcia +8 (-110)

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