CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia
Date: 18th April 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
On Tuesday night the Euroleague playoffs will begin and in the opening match of the postseason CSKA Moscow will host Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz.
CSKA are undoubtedly the big favorites to not only win this series, but to also grab the title for a second consecutive year. The reigning champs finished the regular season on a high note, as they managed to win in seven of their last nine games. However, one of those two defeats was from Baskonia, as the Spaniards managed to grab the victory with a 79-78 score. CSKA should not have too much problems on Tuesday, but these are the playoffs and anything can happen.
Baskonia barely squeezed into this year’s playoffs, but they should not be underestimated. The Spaniards won in five of their last seven games, which helped them grab the second seed in the regular season. Baskonia won’t have it easy on Tuesday though, as visiting CSKA is never easy, especially in a playoff series opener.
CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia: Head to head stats
For the past 16 years, CSKA Moscow and Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz have met 28 times and the Russian club has won 21 of those games.
CSKA are 12-2 at home against Baskonia.
In the two games from the regular season, each club won at home.
CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia: Prediction
The game on Tuesday between CSKA and Baskonia will definitely be an interesting one, as both clubs will be looking to start their playoff runs with a victory. However, only one of them will be able to do so, and given the history up to now, the reigning champs are undoubtedly the favorites.
CSKA have definitely performed better statistically throughout the regular season – the Russian clubs has been the best in terms of offense, scoring 87.3 ppg on average and more than decent defensively – allowing 79.6 ppg. Baskonia have not performed bad, but compared to their opponents in this playoff series, they are behind. The Spaniards have scored on average 81.5 ppg and have limited their opponents to 79.2 ppg.
Expect a win by CSKA Moscow in the end in a game that will be competitive from the beginning to the end.
CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia: Tips
- Over 165.5 @1.90