In this battle between two teams tied in the third place of the Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa), the defending champions Valencia Basket Club (22-10) are hosting FC Barcelona Lassa (22-10), with both teams being one win behind the second place of the league where Baskonia sits. The game takes place at the Pabellón Municipal Fuente de San Luis Arena in the city of Valencia on Saturday, May 19th 2018. Spanish ACB Barcelona vs Valencia Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 05-19-2018, 15:15 EDT
Spread: Valencia -1.5
Valencia are 22-10 so far in the league. Furthermore they are currently tied on the table with today’s opponent Barcelona for third place. Vaencia is 5-1 in their last six contests. And in their last game they won at home against Estudiantes by a 93-69 score. They are led in scoring by the veteran Fernando San Emeterio with 13.3 ppg. He is followed by Erick Green with 13 ppg. While Bojan Dubljevic adds 11.6 ppg and a team high 6.3 boards per game.
Barcelona are 22-9 on the season. And are currently tied with Valencia in third place. In their last game they saw a four-game winning streak snapped by losing 86-81 on the road versus Tenerife.. They are led in scoring by Thomas Heurtel with 13.1 ppg. Heurtel adds a team high 6.8 dimes per game. He is followed by Ante Tomic with 10 ppg and a team high 5.4 boards per game, while Pierre Oriola adds 9.2 ppg and 4.1 boards.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season, Barcelona lead Valencia 2-1 wins with each team having won at home. The previous game in Valencia ended with an 81-76 score. Valencia have a 14-2 home record so far this season (tied for second-best). Barcelona are 11-5 on the road (second-best). Barcelona are better offensively, scoring a second-best 89.3 ppg to Valencia’s 83.4, while Valencia are the best defensive team in the league, allowing 75.75 ppg to Barcelona’s 79.28.
Club Barcelona have a better field goal percentage, shooting with a second-best 50.2% to Valencia’s 47.7%, while Valencia have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with a league-best 42% to Barcelona’s second-best of 39.7%. Barcelona are better both in rebounding (32.3 to 31.4) and in assists made (20.8 to 17). The home court advantage has been a major factor in this series and Vegas odds give Valencia a -1.5 spread which they are expected to beat for the home win today.
Barcelona vs Valencia Prediction: Valencia -1.5 (-116)
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