Spanish ACB Baskonia vs Unicaja Picks, Spread and Prediction

Two squads sitting inside the playoff places of the Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa) are clashing in the 16th round of action, when Unicaja Malaga (9-8), are hosting the defending champions Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (13-4). The guests are struggling lately, having won only once in their last 5 games. On the other hand, the guests are one of the hottest teams in the league, having won 9 of their last 10 matches.

Date/Time: 01-10-2021, 12:30 EDT Spread: Unicaja +3.5 Total: +165.5

Unicaja have a 9-8 record and are 8th in the league. In their last game they lost on the road by Burgos in overtime, 95-83, not beating the odds. Dario Brizuela leads the team in scoring with 13.9 ppg, adding 3.7 assists per game. Baskonia have a 13-4 record and 4th in the league. In their last game they won Andorra at home, 84-67, beating the odds. Rokas Giedraitis leads the team in scoring with 14.1 ppg, adding 4.1 rebounds per game.

Unicaja led Baskonia 2-1 wins last season. They won the only home game by 10 points, but have lost the previous four meetings before that. Unicaja have back-to-back home defeats, while Baskonia have 2 straight road victories. Unicaja are 3-5 at home, while Baskonia are 5-3 on the road. Unicaja are better offensively (86.4 to 82.4 ppg), while Baskonia have the third-best defense (76.6 to 82.6 ppg).

I’m going to pick Baskonia with just -3.5 today. They are coming off a huge home victory in Euroleague against CSKA Moscow and their morale will be high. They are also 4-1 in their last four meetings in Malaga.

Baskonia vs Unicaja Prediction: Baskonia -4.5 (-113)

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