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In round 1 of the Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa), two teams with opposite fates regarding last season’s playoffs are clashing, when Club Baloncesto Gran Canaria – Claret (also known as Herbalife Gran Canaria), who did not make it to the postseason, are hosting Basket Zaragoza 2002 (also known as Tecnyconta Zaragoza), who on the other hand made it to the semifinals.
Date/Time: 09-26-2019, 16:00 EDT
Spread: Gran Canaria -5
Gran Canaria finished last season with a 14-20 record and were placed 12th in the league. In their last game last season they saw a three-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Murcia with an 82-77 score. They were led in scoring by Jake Wiley with 16.5 ppg, adding 5.1 boards per game.
Zaragoza finished last season with a 18-16 record and were tied with Badalona in the 6th place of the league. They had three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against Barcelona in Game 3 of the semifinals with an 81-96 score. They were led in scoring by Stan Okoye with 14.6 ppg and 4.9 boards per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once at home (Gran Canaria by 5 points and Zaragoza by 2). Gran Canaria had a 9-8 home record, while Zaragoza were 7-10 on the road. Both teams were almost equal offensively, scoring 83.2 and 83 ppg, while Gran Canaria had a better defense, allowing 84.5 ppg to Zaragoza’s 85.2. Both teams had almost identical percentages both in field goals (46% to 45.7%) and in 3-pointers (35.4% to 35.3%). Zaragoza were better in boards grabbed (33.1 to 30.1), while Gran Canaria were better both in turnovers committed (12 to 12.6) and in dimes made (15.8 to 15.4). Bookmakers give Gran Canaria a -5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win.
Basket Zaragoza vs Gran Canaria Prediction: Gran Canaria -5 (-112)
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