Spanish ACB Zaragoza vs Murcia Spread and Prediction

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Two teams coming off opposite outcomes in their previous matchups face off in the 2nd round of action in the Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa), when Club Baloncesto Murcia, more commonly referred to as UCAM Murcia, are hosting Basket Zaragoza 2002 (also known as Tecnyconta Zaragoza).

Date/Time: 10-05-2019, 12:00 EDT

Spread: Murcia -0.5

Total: +166

Murcia have a 1-1 record so far this season and are tied with 7 more teams in the 6th place of the league. In their previous game they lost on the road against Real Madrid with a 97-69 score. They are led in scoring by Askia Booker with 16 ppg, adding a team high 4.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Jarell Eddie with 11.5 ppg and 4.5 boards per game.

Zaragoza have a 2-0 record so far this season and are tied with four more teams in the top of the league. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against Obradoiro CAB with a 96-64 score. They are led in scoring by Robin Benzing with 14.5 ppg, while Nemanja Radovic followed with 14 ppg and 6.5 boards per game.

In their two meetings last season each team won once at home (Murcia by 22 points and Zaragoza by 20). Murcia have a 1-0 home record, while Zaragoza are 1-0 on the road. Zaragoza are better both offensively, scoring 87.5 ppg to Murcia’s 79.5 and defensively, allowing 68.5 ppg to Murcia’s 87.5. They also have a better field goal percentage (52.3% to 43%), while Murcia have a better 3-point percentage (38.2% to 35.9%). Murcia are better in boards grabbed (36 to 35.5), while Zaragoza are better both in dimes made (14 to 13.5) and in turnovers committed (12.5 to 13.5). Bookmakers give Murcia a -0.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.

Zaragoza vs Murcia Prediction: Murcia -0.5 (-114)

 

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