Khimki Moscow vs Unicaja Malaga
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 2nd February 2018
Time: 18:00 CET
Khimki Moscow fought really hard against Valencia on the road last week, but they fell by a slim 85:83 in the end. They were actually pretty solid in the first three quarters, but they were outscored by three points in the final quarter and eventually lost. Alexey Shved scored a game-high 22 points with 5 assists and 2 rebounds, while he hit 6 of his 13 triples. Honeycutt and Anderson also chipped in double digits, while Markovic had 7 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds and two steals. Khimki Moscow have been really struggling with consistency over the past couple of months, as they have recorded back-to-back wins just twice since early October. They are now sitting at t he 7th spot of the Euroleague (W11 L9), scoring an average of 77.8 points per game, while allowing 78.25 in the process.
On the other hand, Unicaja Malaga also suffered a defeat by the same score, as they fell by 83:85 at home against the visiting Baskonia. They actually looked really great throughout the whole match, expect the second quarter where they were outsocred by 22:27. The damage was already done, and even though they tried really hard to overturn the lead, Baskonia managed to hold on to their lead. Nedovic had a game-high 19 points with 3 assists but with 1/5 triples, while Shermadini and McCallum scored 12 and 11 points each. Waczynski and Diaz scored 9 each, and Brooks and Suarez scored 7 each. Unicaja Malaga have been all over the place lately, as they have showed glimpses of grandeur in some matches, but appeared really weak in others. They are currrently sitting at the 10th spot of the Euroleague (W8 L12), with an average of 77.4 points per match, against 80.9 conceded.
Previous 5 games:
Khimki Moscow vs Saratov 88:75
Valencia vs Khimki Moscow 85:83
Lokomotiv Kuban vs Khimki Moscow 93:78
Khimki Moscow vs Olympiacos Piraeus 82:54
Crvena Zvezda vs Khimki Moscow 70:79
San Pablo Burgos vs Unicaja Malaga 78:85
Unicaja Malaga vs Baskonia 83:85
Unicaja Malaga vs Gran Canaria 94:87
Unicaja Malaga vs Real Madrid 80:75
Olimpia Milano vs Unicaja Malaga 101:87
Khimki Moscow vs Unicaja Malaga: Head to Head Stats
The two teams have only met once in their history, when Unicaja Malaga won by 93:84 in Spain back in December 14th. Alexey Shved had destroyed the Spanish with 28 points in that match, where he shot a whopping 17 triples (but made just five of them).
Khimki Moscow vs Unicaja Malaga: Prediction
Nedovic and Brooks will be missing for Unicaja Malaga, which really destroys whatever chance they had for a positive performance here. Khimki Moscow are dying for some consistency right now, and they can do that against an injured Unicaja Malaga.
Khimki Moscow vs Unicaja Malaga: Betting Tips
Since Unicaja Malaga will be missing two of their key players, I will gladly take the -6.5 points for Khimki Moscow here @ 1.85.