Euroleague Basketball Picks
Two squads that are looking to bounce back after their latest defeats are clashing in the 7th round the Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa). The powerhouse of FC Barcelona Lassa (3-1), are coming off their first domestic defeat of the season, when they are hosting the weaker Gipuzkoa (1-3).
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Date/Time: 10-20-2020, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Barcelona -14.5 Total: +157
Barcelona have a 3-1 record and are sitting in the 7th place of the league. In their last game they saw a three-game winning streak end. They lost on the road against Baskonia, 82-71. They were a 3.5-point favorite but failed to cover the spread.
Nikola Mirotic leads the team both in scoring with 15.3 ppg and in rebounding with 6.7 per game, but he was diagnosed with coronavirus and won’t play today.
Gipuzkoa have a 1-3 record and are sitting in the third to last place. In their last game they lost by Obradoiro on the road, 76-85. They were a 6-point underdog and didn’t beat the odds.
Jaime Echenique leads the team in scoring with 13.8 ppg, adding 4.3 rebounds per game.
Barcelona won both meetings against Gipuzkoa last season.
At home by 17 points and on the road by 33.
Gipuzkoa’s last win was back in the 2009-10 season.
Barca is 2-0 at home, while Gipuzkoa are 0-1 on the road.
Barcelona are better both offensively, scoring 83.3 to Gipuzkoa’s league-low of 73.3 ppg. They are also have the best defense in the league (73.3 to 82 ppg).
They have a better field goal percentage with 48.4% to Gipuzkoa’s league-low of 40.6% and the best 3-point percentage in the league (46.2% to 32%).
Barca are better both in assists made (19.7 to 14) and in rebounding (35.7 to 30).
On the other hand, Gipuzkoa is only better in turnovers committed (14.5 to 15).
Bookmakers give Barcelona a -14.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. Last time they won this matchup by less than 15 points was back in the 2013-14 season and they want to bounce back after their defeat by Baskonia.
Gipuzkoa vs Barcelona Prediction: Barcelona -14.5 (-111)