Khimki Moscow vs Barcelona
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 29 December 2017
Time: 18:00 CET
Khimki Moscow were in terrible shape in the Russian derby against CSKA Moscow last week, where they fell by 79:68 on the road. Their offense flopped big time, as they scored more than 17 points only in the third quarter. Shved might have scored a team-high 16 points, but he had 6/13 field goals, and missed all six threepointers. Todorovic and Honeycutt also scored double digits, but it was really not enough. At least they bounced back from that loss, when they recorded an easy win for the VTB league. As far as the Euroleague is concerned, Khimki Moscow are now sitting at the 8th spot (W8 L6), with an average of 78.21 points per match, against 79.42 conceded.
On the other hand, Barcelona are also coming off a loss in a country derby, when they were defeated by 85:82 on the road against Baskonia. They were destroyed in the first half, where they were down by 52:35. They only woke up in the final quarter (11:25), but it was not enough to overturn the result. Ribas was on fire with 5/6 threepointers to go along with 6 assists and two steals, while Hanga (14p), Tomic (11p) and Navarro scored double digits, whith Oriola, Seraphin and Heurtel chipping in some all-around stats. Barcelona’s tough form continued, as they have now lost six in a row in all competitions, and each of their last four for the Euroleague. They have now fallen to the 13th spot of the league table (W4 L10), scoring an average of 80.85 points per match, against 79.92 conceded.
Previous 5 games:
Khimki Moscow vs Enisey 92:62
CSKA Moscow vs Khimki Moscow 79:68
Khimki Moscow vs Anadolu Efes 86:68
Unicaja Malaga vs Khimki Moscow 93:84
Khimki Moscow vs Nizhny Novgorod 90:87
Baskonia vs Barcelona 85:82
Barcelona vs Unicaja Malaga 83:90
Barcelona vs Gran Canaria 77:88
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 87:75
Barcelona vs Tenerife 91:93
Khimki Moscow vs Barcelona: Head to Head Stats
The two teams last met in the 2015-16 season, where they exchanged home wins. Barcelona won by 87:70 at home, before falling by 75:61 in this venue. The same thing happened in the 2012-13 season, where again, they exchanged home wins.
Khimki Moscow vs Barcelona: Prediction
Barcelona are in really tough shape lately, and they are really falling off the playoff chase. They have lost six in a row, something that hasn’t happened to them in quite a while. They will surely look for a reaction here, but Khimki Moscow will also be looking to get back on track.
Khimki Moscow vs Barcelona: Betting Tips
As I said, Barcelona do not deserve to lose their seventh match in a row, so I expect them to be extra competitive here. If anything, I do believe that they can defend a +5.5 point handicap @ 1.75 here.
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