Two teams tied in the fourth place of Group K of the European 2019 Basketball World Championship Qualifiers are clashing in the 8th round of action, when Russia (3-4), are hosting Bulgaria (3-4). The games takes place at the Basketball Centre of Khimki Moscow Region of Moscow, Russia on Sunday, September 16th 2018.
Date/Time: 09-16-2018, 11:00 EDT
Spread: Russia -11.5
Russia have a 3-4 record so far in the tournament and are currently tied with today’s opponent Bulgaria in the 4th place of Group K. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Czech Republic with an 80-78 score. They are led in scoring by Alexey Shved with 16 ppg, adding a team high 7 dimes per game. He is followed by Dmitry Khvostov with 13.4 ppg and 5 dimes per game. Vitaly Fridzon adds 11.7 ppg, adding a team high 4.3 rebounds per game.
Bulgaria also have a 3-4 record so far in the tournament and are currently tied with today’s opponent Bulgaria in the 4th place of Group K. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against France with a 74-68 score. They are led in scoring by Aleksandar Vezenkov with 15.5 ppg, adding a team high 8.2 boards per game. He is followed by Pavel Boykov Marinov with 13.8 ppg and 3 dimes per game, while Dee Bost adds 12 ppg and 4 boards per game.
In their previous meeting in the Eurobasket of 2011, Russia won with a 77-89. Russia are better both offensively, scoring 76.6 ppg to Bulgaria’s 77.1 and defensively, allowing 72.6 ppg to Bulgaria’s 77.7. They also have better percentages both in 2-pointers (50.6% to 49.6%) and in 3-pointers (38% to 33%). Russia dish more dimes per game (18 to 17), while Bulgaria are better both in rebounding (34 to 32) and in turnovers committed (12 to 13). Russia are the favorite in this game but they have lost their last two and Vegas odds give them a -11.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as Bulgaria are coming off a huge win and will definitely force a closer game than that.
Bulgaria vs Russia Prediction: Bulgaria +11.5 (-111)
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