In the 32nd week of action in the Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa), two teams on opposite fates regarding the upcoming playoffs are coming, when Unicaja Malaga (18-13), who need every win they can get in order to secure their participation in the postseason, are hosting the already eliminated Zaragoza (9-22), who want to avoid relegation. The games takes place at the Martin Carpena Arena in the city of Malaga on Saturday, May 12th 2018. Spanish ACB Tecnyconta Zaragoza vs Unicaja Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 05-12-2018, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Unicaja -11.5
Unicaja have a 18-13 record so far this season and currently sit on the 5th place of the league table. They have lost two of their last three games and in their latest matchup they lost on the road against Gran Canaria with a 76-55 score. Nemanja Nedovic leads the team in scoring with 14 ppg, adding a team high 4 assists per game. He is followed by Giorgi Shermadini with 11.1 ppg and 4.6 rebounds per game, while Adam Waczynski adds 8.5 ppg.
Zaragoza have a 9-22 record so far this season and currently sit on the third to last place of the league table. They have lost six of their last seven games and in their latest matchup they lost on the road against Burgos with a 96-88 score. They are led in scoring by Gary Neal with 20 ppg, adding 3.2 assists per game. He is followed by Milko Bjelica with 15.3 ppg and 3.7 rebounds, while Dylan Ennis adds 12.7 ppg.
In their previous meeting in the first round of the league, Unicaja won on the road with a 77-102 score and last season each team won on the road. Unicaja are 12-3 at home so far this season, while Zaragoza are the worse road team with a 2-13 record. Unicaja are better both offensively, scoring 81.6 ppg to Zaragoza’s 81 and defensively, allowing a third-best 76.68 ppg to Zaragoza’s second-worse of 87.61.
Team Unicaja have better percentages both in field goals (45.3% to 44.5%) and in 3-pointers (36.1% to 34%). They are also better in rebounding, grabbing 33.6 to Zaragoza’s 30.1, in assists made, with 18.8 to Zaragoza’s second-worse of 13.6 and in turnovers committed (11.4 to 12.4). Unicaja are superior to Zaragoza and Vegas odds give them a -11.5 spread which they are expected to beat against the weakest road team of the league.
Tecnyconta Zaragoza vs Unicaja Prediction: Unicaja -11.5 (-110)
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