Two squads with opposite goals for the season are clashing in the 33rd round of action of the Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa), when Club Baloncesto Gran Canaria – Claret (also known as Herbalife Gran Canaria), who have been already eliminated from the upcoming playoffs, are hosting Basket Zaragoza 2002 (also known as Tecnyconta Zaragoza), who need a win today in order to maintain their place inside the top-8.
Date/Time: 05-19-2019, 07:00 EDT
Spread: Gran Canaria -5
Gran Canaria have a 13-19 record so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the league table. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won on the road against Breogan with a 77-92 score. They are led in scoring by Jake Wiley with 15.8 ppg, adding 5.3 boards per game. He is followed by Cory Jefferson with 13 ppg, while Marcus Eriksson adds 12.4 ppg.
Zaragoza have a 17-15 record so far this season and are currently tied with Badalona in the 6th place of the league table. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against Real Madrid with a 70-85 score. They are led in scoring by Stan Okoye with 15.2 ppg, adding a team high 5.1 boards per game. He is followed by Reinaldas Seibutis with 11.1 ppg, while Nemanja Radovic adds 9.8 ppg and 4.8 boards per game.
In their previous meeting in the first round of the season, Zaragoza won at home with a 71-69 score. Gran Canaria have an 8-8 home record, while Zaragoza are 7-9 on the road. Both teams are almost equal offensively, scoring 83.3 and 83.1 ppg, while Gran Canaria are better defensively, allowing 84.8 ppg to Zaragoza’s 85.6. Both teams have almost identical percentages both in field goals (46.1% to 46%) and in 3-pointers (35.9% to 35.7%) and are almost equal both in dimes made (15.8 to 15.5) and in turnovers committed (12.1 to 12.4). Zaragoza are better in boards grabbed (32.9 to 30.2). Vegas odds give Gran Canaria a -5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as Zaragoza is the only team with incentive today and will surely force a closer game than that.
Tecnyconta Zaragoza vs Gran Canaria Prediction: Tecnyconta Zaragoza +5 (-113)
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