Two squads with identical records are clashing in the 8th round of the Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa). The defending champions of Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (4-3), are hosting Manresa (4-3). Those teams are on opposite trajectories, with Baskonia being 1-3 in their last 4 games, while Manresa are 3-1.
Date/Time: 10-28-2020, 12:30 EDT
Spread: Baskonia -7.25 Total: +160.5
Baskonia have a 4-3 record and are tied with Manresa in the 7th place of the league. They have lost three of their last four matches. In their last game they lost by Badalona on the road, 83-82. They were a 2.5-point favorite but failed to cover the spread.
Rokas Giedraitis leads the team in scoring with 15.1 ppg, adding 4.9 rebounds per game.
Manresa also have a 4-3 record and are tied with Baskonia in the seventh place. They have won three of their last four matches. In their last game they won Real Betis at home, 93-81. They were a 4.5-point favorite and managed to beat the odds.
Makai Mason leads the team in scoring with 12.3 ppg.
In their only meeting last season, Manresa won on the road by one point.
In their 12 meetings before that, Baskonia have a commanding 11-1 lead.
Baskonia are 2-1 at home, while Manresa are 3-0 on the road.
Manresa are better offensively (83.9 to 82.7 ppg), while Baskonia are better defensively (79.2 to 84 ppg).
Manresa have better percentages both in field goals (45.6% to 44.7%) and in 3-pointers (36.2% to 32.6%).
They are fourth-best in rebounding (33.4 to 29.7) and second-best in assists made (20.1 to 16.6).
On the other hand, Baskonia are only better in turnovers committed (12.9 to 16.4).
Bookmakers give Baskonia a -7.25 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. They are the favorite for the win, but Manresa are playing much better right now to lose by more than that in an empty court.
Manresa vs Baskonia Prediction: Manresa +7.25 (-115)