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Two squads with identical records face off in the 4th round of the Italian Basketball League (Lega Basket Serie A). S.Bernardo-Cinelandia Cantù (2-1), who started to get hot, having won two straight, are hosting the defending champions Umana Reyer Venezia (2-1), who on the other hand want to bounce back after their first defeat of the season.
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Date/Time: 10-17-2019, 12:00 EDT
Spread: Cantu +7 Total: +153
Cantu have a 2-1 record and are tied with Venezia and 5 more teams in the second place of the league. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won Varese on the road, 80-90. They were a 7-point underdog but managed to beat the odds.
Jaime Smith leads the team both in scoring with 15.5 ppg and in assists made with 6.5 per game.
Venezia also have a 2-1 record and are tied with Cantu and five more teams in the second place. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak end. They lost at home against Pesaro, 72-90. They were a 10.5-point favorite but failed miserably to cover the spread.
Mitchell Watt leads the team in scoring with 15.3 ppg, adding 3.7 rebounds per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once at home.
Cantu by 4 points and Venezia by 30.
Cantu have a 1-0 home record (4-6 last season), while Venezia are 1-0 on the road (2-8 last season).
Venezia have the second-worse offense in the league (76.7 to 78.7) but they have the third-best defense (72.3 to 77).
Cantu have the second-worse field goal percentage (45.4% to 41.6%), while Venezia have the second-worse 3-point percentage (31.2% to 40.2%).
Cantu are better in rebounding (31 to 29.3), while Venezia commit fewer turnovers per game (12.3 to 13.3).
Both teams are very close both in assists made (19 to 18.7).
Bookmakers give Venezia a -7 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. They have started the season slow and there is no chance that they will win by more than 7 points today.
Venezia vs Cantu Prediction: Cantu +7 (-114)
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