In the first semifinal of the Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa) Cup, FC Barcelona Lassa, are hosting Club Cantera Base 1939 Canarias (also known as Iberostar Tenerife) with both teams coming off relatively easy wins in the quarterfinals, by 7 and 10 points respectively. The game takes place at the Palau Blaugrana Arena in the city of Barcelona on Saturday, February 16th 2019.
Date/Time: 02-16-2019, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Barcelona -6
Barcelona have a 17-3 record so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the league table. In their last game they won at home against Valencia with an 86-79 score, eliminating them in the quarterfinals of the cup. They are led in scoring by Thomas Heurtel with 10.7 ppg, adding a team high 5.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Kyle Kuric with 10.3 ppg, while Adam Hanga adds 10 ppg and 3.6 boards per game.
Tenerife have a 12-8 record so far this season and are currently tied with two more teams in the 5th place of the league table. In their last game they won at home against Unicaja with an 88-78 score, eliminating them in the quarterfinals of the cup. They are led in scoring by Colton Iverson with 12.3 ppg, adding a team high 7.2 boards per game. He is followed by Tim Abromaitis with 12.3 ppg and 4 boards per game, while Javier Beiran adds 12.2 ppg and 5.5 boards per game.
In their two meetings earlier this season each team won at home once (Barcelona won by 4 points and Tenerife by 6). Barcelona have a 11-0 home record so far this season, while Tenerife are 5-5 on the road. Barcelona have the second-best offense in the league with 87.4 ppg to Tenerife’s 81.5 and they are also better defensively, allowing 75.3 ppg to Tenerife’s 76.1. They also have better percentages both in field goals (50.3% to 47.1%) and in 3-pointers (40.8% to 37.3%). Barcelona are also better in boards grabbed (33.8 to 29.4), while Tenerife are better both in dimes made (18.1 to 17.8) and in turnovers committed (11.4 to 12). Barcelona are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -6 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy win today.
Tenerife vs Barcelona Prediction: Barcelona -6 (-115)
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