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The defending champions of Real Madrid are hosting the fifth last year Club Joventut de Badalona (also known as Divina Seguros Joventut) in round 1 of the Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa), with both teams looking to repeat their excellent course in the league last season.
Date/Time: 09-27-2019, 15:30 EDT
Spread: Joventut Badalona +12.5
Badalona finished last season with an 18-16 record and were tied with Zaragoza in the 6th place of the league. They had lost three of their last four matches last season and in their last game they lost at home against Barcelona in Game 2 of the quarterfinals with an 86-107 score. They were led in scoring by Nicolas Laprovitolla with 17.1 ppg, adding a team high 6.4 dimes per game.
Real Madrid finished last season with a 28-6 record and were placed first in the league. They had won 11 of their last 12 matches and in their last game they won on the road against Barcelona in Game 4 of the finals with a 74-68 score and were crowned champions. They were led in scoring by Anthony Randolph with 12.5 ppg and 4.3 boards per game.
Real Madrid won all three meetings against Badalona last season, winning the only road game by 9 points. Badalona had a 11-6 home record, while Real Madrid were 13-4 on the road. Real Madrid were better both offensively, scoring 89 ppg to Badalona’s 81 and defensively, allowing 78.8 ppg to Badalona’s 80.4. They also had better percentages both in field goals (49.3% to 47.8%) and in 3-pointers (38.8% to 37.5%). Real were better in boards grabbed (33.5 to 30.1), in turnovers committed (11.7 to 14.2) and in dimes made (17.3 to 16.7). Bookmakers give Real Madrid a -12.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy road win victory.
Real Madrid vs Joventut Badalona Prediction: Real Madrid -12.5 (-109)
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