CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 22 February 2018
Time: 18:00 CET
CSKA Moscow suffered a harsh defeat in their most recent Euroleague match back in February 2nd, when they fell to Valencia by 103:99 on the road. They were actually the better team in the three of the four quarters, but the damage was done in the 2nd quarter, where they were outscored by 28:19 and were unable to recover. De Colo went off for a game-high 30 points with 3 assists, 3 rebounds and a steal, while Clyburn was also great with 27 points and Higgins scored 16. That was their only loss in their last nine matches in all competitions, and after that they bounced back with two strong wins in their domestic league. They are still riding at the top of the Euroleague (W17 L5), still featuring the best offense with 89.22 points per match, while conceding 79.22 in the process. CSKA Moscow will be having a handful of injury concerns ahead of this match, as Hines and Hunter are highly doubtful to participate, while Korobkov and Kulagin are also questionable.
On the other hand, Baskonia are also coming off a loss in their most recent match in the Euroleague, where they fell by 80:76 on the road against Panathinaikos. They were never really competitive in that match, as they were down by 14 points by the start of the last quarter. They did outscore their opponents by 13:23, but were unable to overturn the result. Beaubois scored a game-high 15 points with 5 rebounds, Shengelia scored 15 with 4 assists and 4 rebounds, while Janning and Voigtmann also scored in double digits. After that they recorded a nice win for the ACB, but they were eliminated from the Spanish Cup right after that with a road loss against Barcelona. As far as the Euroleague is concerned, Baskonia are now sitting at the 9th spot of the league table (W10 L12), scoring an average of 81.72 points per match, while allowing 80.13 in the process. Baskonia will be making this trip with just a single injury concern, as McRae is unavailable.
Previous 5 games:
Lokomotiv Kuban vs CSKA Moscow 75:78
Tsmoki Minsk vs CSKA Moscow 83:93
Valencia vs CSKA Moscow 103:99
CSKA Moscow vs Khimki Moscow 90:71
CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid 93:87
CSKA Moscow vs Brose Bamberg 81:72
Barcelona vs Baskonia 94:90
Baskonia vs Unicaja Malaga 96:78
Panathinaikos vs Baskonia 80:76
Baskonia vs Barcelona 96:72
Baskonia vs Crvena Zvezda 103:84
CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia: Head to Head Stats
CSKA Moscow were great when they traveled to Spain earlier in the season, where they defeated Baskonia by 81:90. They have actually won each of the last four matches against Baskonia, and each of the last thirteen matches as hosts.
CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia: Prediction
CSKA Moscow will be a little thin on the Center spot in this match, and that might cost them inside the paint. Baskonia have been quite poor on the road lately, but they can take advantage of the situation and at least stay competitive here.
CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia: Betting Tips
There is no doubt that CSKA Moscow are one of the strongest teams at home, but even though they might win this one, there is a good chance that they won’t do so by double digits. Baskonia are looking to break into the top eight spots, and if anything, they can at least defend the +9.5 points handicap @ 1.87.