Two squads sitting on mirror sides of the Puerto Rican Basketball League (BSL or Baloncesto Superior Nacional) are clashing in the 29th round of action, when the third Capitanes de Arecibo (15-11), are hosting the sixth Leones De Ponce (12-15). The game takes place at the Manuel Iguina Coliseum Arena in the city of Areciboon Thursday, July 12th 2018.
Date/Time: 07-12-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Capitanes de Arecibo -7.5
Capitanes de Arecibo have a 15-11 record so far this season and currently sit on the second place of the league table. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against Humacao with an 86-87 score. They are led in scoring by David Huertas with 13.7 ppg, followed by Jeleel Akintele with 13.3 ppg and a team high 10.3 rebounds per game. Denis Clemente adds 12.9 ppg, adding a team high 4.3 dimes per game.
Leones De Ponce have a 12-15 record so far this season and currently sit in the 6th place of the league table. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won at home against Bayamon with an 87-83 score. They are led in scoring by Mike Young with 20.1 ppg, adding 5.3 boards per game. He is followed by A.D. Vassalo with 16.7 ppg and 3.7 boards, while Carlos Rivera adds 9 ppg and a team high 4.7 dimes per game.
Both teams are tied 2-2 in their four previous meetings earlier this season. In the only Arecibo game, Ponce won on the road with an 86-91 score. Arecibo have a 11-2 home record so far this season, while Ponce are 4-10 on the road. Both teams are almost equal offensively, scoring 86.7 and 86.6 ppg, while Arecibo have the best defense in the league, allowing 84 ppg to Ponce’s 86.3. Ponce have better percentages both in field goals (46.9% to 46.2%) and in 3-pointers (36.1% to 34.7%). They are also better in turnovers committed (11 to 11.8) and in assists made (20 to 17.8), while Arecibo are better in rebounding (34.7 to 33.7). All four previous meetings have been very close ones (3-5 points) and Vegas odds give Arecibo a -7.5 spread for this game but don’t expect them to beat the odds as Ponce will force another close game.
Leones De Ponce vs Capitanes de Arecibo Prediction: Leones De Ponce +7.5 (-121)
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