CSKA Moscow vs Valencia
Competition : Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date : 9 November 2017
Time : 18:00 CET
CSKA Moscow almost suffered an upset last week against Zalgiris Kaunas, as they were much better at the first half, but were outplayed in the second. Even though they were up by 15 points in the first half, they were outscored by 43:55 in the second half, and won my a mere 3 points (94:91). Clyburn torched Zalgiris Kaunas with 26 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 3-pointers, while De Colo was also on fire with 25 points, 10 assists and 3 3-pointers. CSKA Moscow are now sitting at the 2nd spot of the Euroleague, on a 4-way tie with Real Madrid, Olympiacos Piraeus and Khimki Moscow (W4 L1). They are scoring an average of 87.4 points per match, while conceding 80.
On the other hand, Valencia fell victims to a bounce-back match by Fenerbahce in Turkey, where they eventually lost by a tough 79:66. Fenerbahce had not made a really good start and were poised to take the win in that match. Even though San Emeterio, Pleiss and Van rossom all scored on double digits, the team lacked peripheral stats overall, and made almost twice as many turnovers as Fenerbahce. Despite the loss, Valencia managed to bounce back to winning ways in their domestic ACB, where they defeated San Pablo Burgos by 87:78 at home. Their loss to Fenerbahce was their only one in their last 7 matches in all competitions. Valencia are now sitting at the 5th spot of the Euroleague (W3 L2), scoring an average of just 77 points per match. However, Valencia have the best defense in the Euroleague right now, conceding just 68.2 points per match.
Previous five games:
Khimki Moscow vs CSKA Moscow 81:96
CSKA Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas 94:91
CSKA Moscow vs Riga 94:69
Anadolu Efes vs CSKA Moscow 80:98
CSKA Moscow vs Panathinaikos 81:63
Valencia vs San Pablo Burgos 87:78
Fenerbahce vs Valencia 79:66
Valencia vs Gran Canaria 89:83
Valencia vs Unicaja Malaga 91:53
Baskonia vs Valencia 63:80
CSKA Moscow vs Valencia: Head-to-Head Stats
The two teams have only met twice in the past, with each team having won at home. Valencia destroyed CSKA Moscow by as massive 82:57 in Moscow in 2010, before a CSKA Moscow win by 73:63 a few months later.
CSKA Moscow vs Valencia: Prediction
Valencia have been quite strong in the season, but both their losses in the Euroleague have come on the road. They are traditionally strong at home, but they are not always good on the road, so a home win here is more than likely.
CSKA Moscow vs Valencia: Betting Tips
CSKA Moscow have been dominant at home in all competitons so far, and they should be able to cover the -6.5 points handicap @ 1.55. As for the total, I would expect to see Under 166.5 points @ 1.60, as Valencia are usually really defensive on the road.
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