Baskonia vs CSKA Moscow
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 29 Decmber 2017
Time: 20:30 CET
Baskonia took advantage of Barcelona’s really tough form, and defeated them by 85:82 at home last week. They were dominant in the first three quarters of the match, and even though they were severely outscored in the fourth quarter, they managed to hold on to their lead. Shengelia is having a great month, and this time he had 24 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Poirier and Timma also lead in scoring, while Huertas dished out 10 assists. Baskonia have been in really great shape the past couple of months, having lost just three of their last sixteen matches in that span. They are now sitting at the 9th spot of the Euroleague (W7 L7), scoring an average of 81.28 points per match, against 81.07 conceded.
On the other hand, CSKA Moscow are also coming off a win in a country derby, when they overcame Khimki Moscow by 79:68 at home last week. They were already up by eight points at the end of the first half, and even though their opponents tried to come back in the third, CSKA Moscow easily secured the win. Higgins erupted for 26 points with 14/16 freethrows, while Kurbanov also scored 18 points with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. CSKA Moscow are still sharing the top spot with Olympiacos Piraeus (W11 L3), still featuring the best offense with 88.28 points per match, against 77.5 conceded in the process.
Previous 5 games:
Baskonia vs Barcelona 85:82
Armani Milano vs Baskonia 92:85
Morabank Andorra vs Baskonia 94:97
Anadolu Efes vs Baskonia 81:82
Baskonia vs Bilbao 94:71
CSKA Moscow vs Astana 79:63
CSKA Moscow vs Khimki Moscow 79:68
Olympiacos Piraeus vs CSKA Moscow 88:86
CSKA Moscow vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 101:86
Unics Kazan vs CSKA Moscow 75:88
Baskonia vs CSKA Moscow: Head to Head Stats
The two teams exchanged home wins in the regular season of the Euroleague last season, where Baskonia won by 79:78 in this venue, after a tough 112:84 loss in Russia. Moreover, the two teams met in the play-offs before the Final Four, where CSKA Moscow swept Baskonia by winning all three matches.
Baskonia vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction
Both these teams have been in amazing form lately, and this is surely going to be a tough battle. However, CSKA Moscow dominated Baskonia last season, winning four of the five matches they played against each other.
Baskonia vs CSKA Moscow: Betting Tips
Both teams have been firing in all cylinders lately, and it’s anyone’s guess who is going to be the winner here. This is surely going to be the match to watch that day, and even though CSKA Moscow seem to have the upper hand, I will alternatively take the Over 165.5 points here @ 1.75.
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