In Game 2 of this Italian Basketball League (Lega Basket Serie A) quarterfinal, the defending champions and first-seeded Reyer Venezia Mestre (23-7), after winning the first game at home and taking the 1-0 lead in the series, are hosting once again the eighth-seeded Vanoli Cremona (15-15). The game takes place at the Taliercio Arena in Venice on Tuesday, May 15th 2018.
Date/Time: 05-15-2018, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Venezia -9.5
Cremona finished the regular season with a 15-15 record and were tied with two more teams in the 8th place of the league table, but clinched it themselves by winning both tie-breakers. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Venezia in game 1 with an 87-77 score. Venezia finished the regular season with a 23-7 record and were placed first in the league table. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against Cremona in game 1 with an 87-77 score.
Cremona are led in scoring by Darius Johnson-Odom with 18.7 ppg, adding 3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He is followed by Kelvin Martin with 13.8 ppg and 5.5 rebounds, while Henry Sims adds 11.6 ppg and a team high 6.6 rebounds per game. Venezia are led in scoring by Gediminas Odelik with 14.9 ppg, adding 4.8 rebounds per game. He is followed by Austin Daye with 12.5 ppg and a team high 6.2 rebounds per game, while Dominique Johnson adds 11.3 ppg.
Venezia are 3-0 against Cremona so far this season having won both home games. Venezia have a 13-3 home record so far this season, while Cremona are 4-12 on the road. Cremona have the third-best offense in the league with 85.1 ppg to Venezia’s 82.7, while Venezia have a better defense, allowing 81.6 ppg to Cremona’s 83.2. Venezia have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 47.1% to Cremona’s 46.3%, while Cremona have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 37.5% to Venezia’s 36.5%. Venezia are better in rebounding, grabbing 32.2 to Cremona’s 31.8, in assists made, with 18.3 to Cremona’s 15.8 and in turnovers committed (12.1 to 13). Venezia are undefeated against Cremona this season and Vegas odds give them a -9.5 spread for this game and expect them to beat the odds once again for another home victory.
Cremona vs Venezia Game 2 Prediction: Venezia -9.5 (-112)
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