Barcelona vs Crvena Zvezda
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 9 March 2018
Time: 21:00 CET
Barcelona have been one of the worst teams in the Euroleague this season, as they are unable to pick themselves up from the bottom places of the league table. They are coming off yet another disappointing result, as they fell by an easy 90:74 on the road against Zalgiris Kaunas last week. They were worse than their opponents throughout the whole match, and even though they looked like they are waking up in the final quarter, it was just not enough for them to take anything positive. Oriola scored a team-high 18 points, but only Tomic (11p) and Koponen (10p) scored double digits, with Claver scoring 7 with 7 boards. Barcelona are still stuck at the penultimate spot of the Euroleague (W7 L17), scoring 80.04 points per match, while allowing 80.87 in the process. They will be coming into this match with a handful of injury concerns, as Seraphin and Sanders are extremely unlikely to compete, while Hanga, Moerman and Garcia should be considered closer to questionable.
On the other hand, Crvena Zvezda are coming into this match after recording a nice 80:76 win at home against the visiting Unicaja Malaga last week. The two teams were engaged in a pretty balanced first half, but Crvena Zvezda did their damage in the third quarter, and held on till the end. Rochestie exploded for 21 points with 4 assists and 3 triples, and pretty much everyone that was involved for more than 15 minutes played his part towards the win. Crvena Zvezda are now sitting at the 11th spot of the Euroleague (W10 L14), scoring an average of 78.29 points per match, while allowing 83.00 in the process. However, they are not as strong on the road, as they have won just three of their twelve matches so far. Moreover, their scoring drops to 76.16 on the road, and their defense is much worse, as they concede an average of 87 points per match. They will be making this trip with a single injury concern, as Dangubic is still unavailable.
Previous 5 games:
Murcia vs Barcelona 55:61
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Barcelona 90:74
Barcelona vs Real Madrid 74:101
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 90:92
Gran Canaria vs Barcelona 74:87
Igokea vs Crvena Zvezda 76:82
Crvena Zvezda vs Unicaja Malaga 80:76
Brose Bamberg vs Crvena Zveada 86:62
Crvena Zvezda vs Partizan 75:81
Crvena Zvezda vs FMP Belgrade 98:82
Barcelona vs Crvena Zvezda: Head to Head Stats
Crvena Zvezda took advantage of Barcelona’s poor form earlier in the season, when they defeated them by 90:82 in Serbia. However, that was just their second win in seven matches against Barcelona. Moreover, they have lost all three previous matches in Barcelona.
Barcelona vs Crvena Zvezda: Prediction
The odds of 1.38 for a team that has little to play for in the Euroleague is just ridiculous in my opinion. Even if they end up winning, there is value to be taken advantage of when backing the visitors here. I will go with the +7.5 for Crvena Zvezda here @ 1.83.