Two squads sitting on opposite sides of the league table are clashing in the second round of the Euroleague Basketball, when the defending champions and Turkish Fenerbahce (1-0), who are coming off the biggest deficit win of the first round, are hosting the Russian Khimki Moscow Region (0-1), who suffered the second biggest defeat. The game takes place at the Fenerbahce Ulker Arena in the city of Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday October 17th 2018.
Date/Time: 10-17-2018, 13:45 EDT
Spread: Fenerbahce -9.5
Fenerbahce have a 1-0 record so far this season and are currently tied seven more teams in the first place of the league. In their last game they won at home against Gran Canaria with a 97-72 score. They are led in scoring by Jan Vesely with 19 ppg, adding a team high 11 boards per game. He is followed by Nikola Kalinic with 16 ppg and 3 dimes, while Joffrey Lauvergne adds 12 ppg, 4 boards and 3 dimes.
Khimki have a 0-1 record so far this season and are currently tied with seven more teams in the 9th place of the league. In their last game they lost at home against Olympiakos with a 66-87 score. They are led in scoring by Alexey Shved with 34 ppg, adding a team high 6 dimes per game. He is followed by Anthony Gill with 13 ppg and a team high 5 boards per game, while Tony Crocker adds 8 ppg and 3 boards.
Last season Fenerbahce won both meetings against Khimki (at home by 4 points and on the road by 9). Fener had a 10-5 home record last season, while Khimki were 7-8 on the road. Fenerbahce are better both offensively, scoring 97 ppg to Khimki’s 66 and defensively, allowing 72 ppg to Khimki’s 87. They also have better percentages both in field goals (56.5% to 40.4%) and in 3-pointers (35.3% to 32.4%). Fenerbahce are also are better in boards grabbed (38 to 18) and in dimes made (23 to 13), while Khimki are only better in turnovers committed (9 to 10). Fenerbahce are the absolute favorite in their home court and Vegas odds give them a -9.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against an inferior Khimki squad.
Khimki M. vs Fenerbahce Prediction: Fenerbahce -9.5 (-108)
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