In the second semifinal of the Basketball Champions League, the Greek AEK Athens are hosting the Spanish Club Baloncesto Murcia, more commonly referred to as UCAM Murcia. The winner will face in the final on Sunday the winner of the Monaco – Ludwigsburg matchup. Basketball Champions League Murcia vs AEK Athens Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 05-04-2018, 14:30 EDT
Spread: AEK Athens -4
AEK Athens had an 8-6 record in the regular season and were tied with three more teams in the third place of Group C, which they got it themselves after winning all tie-breakers. In the round of 16 they eliminated Nymburk with a 181-180 aggregate score and in the quarterfinals they eliminated Strasbourg with a 161-152 aggregate score. They are led in scoring by Manny Harris with 17.4 ppg, adding a team high 5 rebounds per game. He is followed by Kevin Punter with 15 ppg, while Dusan Sakota adds 13.6 ppg and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Murcia had a 7-7 record in the regular season they and tied with Sassari in the fourth place of Group A and got it themselves by winning the tie-breaker. In the round of 16 they eliminated Tenerife with a 149-143 aggregate score and in the quarterfinals they eliminated Pinar Karsiyaka with a 160-137 aggregate score. They are led in scoring by Ovie Soko with 12.9 ppg, adding a team high 7.2 rebounds per game. He is followed by Clevin Hannah with 12 ppg and a team high 4.1 assists per game, while Brad Oleson adds 11.4 ppg and 2.5 assists.
This will be the first meeting between those two teams in any league or competition. AEK Athens are better offensively, scoring 82.8 ppg to Murcia’s 78.1, while Murcia are better defensively, allowing 76.9 ppg to AEK Athens’ 80.1. AEK Athens have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.3% to Murcia’s 42.5%, while Murcia have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 34.5% to AEK Athens’ 33.1%. Murcia are also better in rebounding, grabbing 33.1 to AEK Athens’ 32.3, while AEK Athens are better in assists made, with 15.7 to Murcia’s 14.8 and in turnovers committed (11.6 to 12). It is going to be a close game and bookmakers give AEK Athens a -4 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as the more experienced Murcia will force a closer game than that or even get away with the win.
Murcia vs AEK Athens Prediction: Murcia +4 (-118)
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