CSKA Moscow vs Barcelona
Competition : Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date : 1 December 2017
Time : 18:00 CET
CSKA Moscow are coming off a strong win on the road against Unicaja Malaga, as they took advantage of their opponents’ bad form and defeated them by 80:89 in Spain. CSKA Moscow entered the match in a strong fashion, and were already up by 39:46 at the half-time break. Unicaja Malaga tried to make a come-back at the 3rd quarter, but CSKA Moscow were dead serious on the 4th quarter and easily edged out their opponents. Sergio Rodriguez was the man of that match, with a game-high 21 points, 4 assists and 3 triples. Higgins was aso good with 14 points, Vorontsevich and De Colo scored 13 each, and Hunter scored 10 with 7 rebounds. CSKA Moscow really needed that win, as prior to that they had lost in the overtime against Fenerbahce by 93:95 at home. The Russians are now sitting at the top of the Euroleague (W7 L2), featuring the best offense with 87.33 points per match, while allowing just 76.55 points so far.
On the other hand, Barcelona were dominant in their previous match, where they destroyed Maccabi Tel Aviv by a massive 89-67 at home. They were stunning at the first half of that match, where they scored 44 points, and allowed just 24. The second half was much more balanced in terms of scoring, but Barcelona easily held on to their lead, and forced Maccabi Tel Aviv to their worst defeat in quite a while. Koponen scored a game-high 20 points with 4/4 triples, while Sanders scored 18 with 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Seraphin was strong as usual under the basket with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks, while Heurtel (7p, 7as), Hanga and Tomic also played very good. Barcelona have now won 3 in a row in all competitions, and 4 of their last 5. They are currently sitting at the 10th spot of the Euroleague (W4 L5), featuring the 3rd best offense with 82.88 points per match, while they are conceding 75.77 points per match so far.
Previous 5 games:
Unicaja Malaga vs CSKA Moscow 80:89
CSKA Moscow vs Fenerbahce 93:95
Crvena Zvezda vs CSKA Moscow 59:85
CSKA Moscow vs Parma Perm 101:94
CSKA Moscow vs Valencia 94:67
Barcelona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 89:67
Barcelona vs Valencia 79:74
Barcelona vs Valencia 89:71
Brose Bamberg vs Barcelona 84:81
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 80:84
CSKA Moscow vs Barcelona: Head to Head Stats
CSKA Moscow were great against Barcelona last season, as they defeated them in both matches. After an easy 92:76 in this venue, the Russians went on to record a much easier win in Spain, by 61:85. Moreover, CSKA Moscow have the upper hand in this match-up (W12 L9), and have also been dominant as hosts (W7 L2), having won each of the last 4 matches here.
CSKA Moscow vs Barcelona Prediction
CSKA Moscow have been really great so far in the season, and they are the heavy favorites to win this one. However, Barcelona have been really competitive on the road so far in the Euroleague, and they have kept themselves close to the score, even in their losses.
CSKA Moscow vs Barcelona: Betting Tips
The home win is given @ 1.22, which is not worth it, even if CSKA Moscow win by double digits. Barcelona have lost all 3 matches on the road so far in the Euroleague, but they lost by 8, 4 and 3 points respectively against Crvena Zvezda, Armani Milano and Brose Bamberg. While a home win is really likely to happen here, I will back Barcelona with +10.5 @ 1.67. The Over 160.5 @ 1.80 is also something to consider here, as these are two of the best offenses in the Euroleague.
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