In the first Supercup Semifinal of the Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa), the third-seeded and Spanish cup holders last season FC Barcelona Lassa (24-10), are hosting the second-seeded last season Baskonia (25-9), who qualified as the league’s runner ups. The game takes place at the Multiusos Fontes do Sar Arena of Santiago de Compostela on Friday, September 21st 2018.
Date/Time: 09-21-2018, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Barcelona +2.5
Barcelona finished last season with 22-9 record and were placed 3rd in the league. They finished last season by losing three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost at home against Baskonia in game 4 of the semifinals with an 82-88 score and got eliminated. They were led in scoring by Thomas Heurtel with 12.8 ppg, adding a team high 6.3 dimes per game. He was followed by Ante Tomic with 10.6 ppg and a team high 5.5 boards per game, while Adrien Moerman added 9.2 ppg and 5.4 boards.
Baskonia finished last season with a 25-9 record and were placed second in the league. They finished last season by have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against Real Madrid in game 4 of the finals with an 85-96 score, losing the championship. They were led in scoring by Tornike Shengelia with 14.9 ppg, adding 5.4 boards per game. He was followed by Rodrigue Beaubois with 11.4 ppg, while Matt Janning added 10.7 ppg.
In their nine total meetings last season, Baskonia led Barcelona 6-3 wins. Barcelona had a 12-5 home record last season, while Baskonia were 10-7 on the road. Barcelona have the second-best offense in the league with 87.1 ppg to Baskonia’s third-best of 86, while Baskonia are better defensively, allowing 78.4 ppg to Barcelona’s 79.1. Barcelona have a better 2-point percentage, shooting with 55.3% to Baskonia’s 54.5%, while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.7% and 36.6%. Barcelona are better in rebounding (32.6 to 31.9), in assists made (17.2 to 15.7) and in turnovers committed (11.7 to 12.8). Baskonia eliminated Barcelona 3-1 wins in last season’s semifinals and they are once again the favorite as Vegas odds give them a -2.5 spread. Expect them to beat the odds for the win today.
Baskonia vs Barcelona Prediction: Baskonia -2.5 (-111)
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