Barcelona vs Bayern Munich
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 18 October 2018
Time: 20:00 CET
Barcelona met somewhat of a shocking defeat on Tuesday night, when they fell by 87:86 on the road against Gran Canaria. The loss hurt even more considering the fact that Barcelona made a great start in the match and were leading by 8 at the end of the first quarter. But the remainder of the match did not go as planned for Barcelona, who met quite the resistance. The match was tied at the half-time break, while Gran Canaria went on to play great in the final quarter and won that match. Kuric’s great performance went down the drain (24p, 4r, 4/6 triples), while Tomic was also good with 18 points and 5 rebounds. But apart from Pangos (11, 5as), the whole squad really struggled with their shots.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich had the exact opposite result, which was a really unexpected win at home against Greek side Panathinaikos. It was a pretty balanced match between the two teams, as Bayern Munich didn’t leave much room for Panathinaikos to operate. Neither team went too far ahead in the lead, as the two sides were fighting toe to toe until the final quarter. But Bayern Munich were more consistent in the final quarter, and took advantage of Panathinaikos’ mistakes to eventually win by 80:79. Djedovic destroyed Panathinaikos with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7/7 freethrows, but he also got some nice back-up. Barthel, Lucic, Booker and Koponen carried the rest of the squad with double-digits and good performances.
Previous 5 games:
Gran Canaria vs Barcelona 87:86
Barcelona vs Zaragoza 99:55
CSKA Moscow vs Barcelona 95:75
Barcelona vs Morabank Andorra 67:63
Manresa vs Barcelona 78:88
Bayern Munich vs Panathinaikos 80:79
Braunschweig vs Bayern Munich 61:87
Bayern Munich vs Anadolu Efes 71:90
Bayern Munich vs Gissen 46ers 106:92
Bayern Munich vs Rasta Vechta 79:66
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich: Head to Head Stats
These two rivals have only met twice in the past, in the 2014/15 season in the Euroleague. Barcelona did great in both matches, winning bu 83:81 at home, before doubling their wins with a comfortable 77:99 on the road.
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich: Prediction
Barcelona are coming off a tough loss, not only because of the loss itself, but because of the way it came, and because it was their second in just as many matches. Barcelona do not want to relive last season’s lack of success, so I expect them to bounce back here.
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich: Betting Tips
Barcelona will not only be looking for a win here, but also a comfortable and confident performance. They will most likely going to win this, and quite possibly cover the spread. I will pick the -7.5 points here @1.80, as both teams are tired from playing two days prior.