Barcelona vs CSKA Moscow
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 4 January 2018
Time : 21:00 CET
Barcelona are coming into this match after a really comfortable road win in Moscow, where they overcame the local Khimki by 65:79. They were only matched in the second and third quarter of that match, but really destroyed their opponents in the fourth quarter, outscoring them by 8:22. It was a wonderful team effort by Barcelona, who had Tomic, Seraphin and Claver with 12 points each, while pretty much every other player that participated scored at least 6 points with a lot of peripheral stats. Barcelona also recorded two more wins in the ACB since then, having won three in a row in all competitions. However, they are sitting at the 13th spot of the Euroleague (W5 L10), scoring an average of 80.73 points per match, against 78.93 conceded.
On the other hand, CSKA Moscow were engaged in a really competitive match against Baskonia last week, where they eventually won by 81:90 on the road. Sergio Rodriguez scored a game-high 25 points to go along with 8 assists and 6 rebounds, Clyburn scored 20 with 6 rebounds, while De Colo and Hunter also scored double digits. CSKA Moscow remain at the top of the Euroleague (W12 L3), still featuring the best offense with 88.4 points per match. They do concede 77.73 points per match, which is the third best defense.
Previous 5 games:
Gipuzkoa vs Barcelona 77:101
Barcelona vs Fuenlabrada 101:74
Khimki Moscow vs Barcelona 65:79
Baskonia vs Barcelona 85:82
Barcelona vs Unicaja Malaga 83:90
Baskonia vs CSKA Moscow 81:90
CSKA Moscow vs Astana 79:63
CSKA Moscow vs Khimki Moscow 79:68
Olympiacos Piraeus vs CSKA Moscow 88:85
CSKA Moscow vs MAccabi Tel Aviv 101:86
Barcelona vs CSKA Moscow: Head to Head Stats
CSKA Moscow easily won by 92:78 on December 1st, and they also won both matches against Barcelona last season as well. They have won two of their last five matches in this venue, and each of the last five regardless of host.
Barcelona vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction
Barcelona are having a weird season so far, and the three-match winning streak is fooling nobody. It is more than clear that Barcelona are not very stable this season, and their next loss could be against pretty much anyone.
Barcelona vs CSKA Moscow: Betting Tips
While the visitors’ win is something to look at, I believe that the two teams can easily get carried away. That is why I will take the Over 167.5 points here @ 1.75, as Barcelona try to to follow on the score.
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