CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia (Match two)
Date: 20th April 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
On Thursday night the second playoff game between CSKA Moscow and Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz will be played.
CSKA managed to defeat Baskonia in the first game of the series with a 98-90 score. The Spaniards managed to play pretty well and even put themselves into a position to challenge for the win, as they scored more in the second and fourth quarters.
However, CSKA’s experience was quite evident, as the reigning champs kept their cool in the fourth quarter and didn’t allow the Spaniards to get too close. As a result, expect a bit demotivated Baskonia squad on Thursday, as they gave it their best and still couldn’t manage to grab the victory.
CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia: Head to head stats
For the past 16 years, CSKA Moscow and Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz have met 29 times and the Russian club has won 22 of those games.
CSKA are 13-2 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 Thursday between CSKA and Baskonia could potentially be a lot less competitive, as the visitors will be a bit less motivated. It’s undeniable that the Spaniards would have lost a bit of their confidence, as despite playing at their best, they could not slow down CSKA in the final period.
There is no doubt that CSKA will once again rely on Nando De Colo and Milos Teodosic, who scored 22 and 17 points respectively. However, they aren’t the only players that Baskonia will have to watch out for, as the whole squad proved vital for the victory.
CSKA will certainly have to put a bit more effort in defense though, as they allowed Baskonia to shoot 65.5% from inside the arc and 44% from downtown, which is definitely a quite impressive stat by the Spaniards.
Expect a spectacular game, which will most likely end in a win for CSKA Moscow.
CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia: Tips
- Over 170.5 @ 1.90