CSKA Moscow vs Darussafaka
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 18 October 2018
Time: 18:00 CET
CSKA Moscow extended their impressive run in the season when they escaped Israel with a win against Maccabi Tel Aviv. They were really focused coming into the match and did great to lead by four at the end of the half time. Maccabi Tel Aviv tried to make a comeback into the match in the third quarter but CSKA Moscow successfully held on to their lead to eventually win by 86:89. Nando De Colo erupted for 27 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 4 triples, while Clyburn had a massive double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Hynes (14p, 4r), Higgins (13p, 4r) and Hunter (10p) also helped the scoring with double digits. CSKA Moscow are now temporarily leading the Euroleague with two wins from their first two matches.
On the other hand, Darussafaka fought really hard in the opener against Real Madrid but were eventually defeated on the road. The Turks had a much easier job in their second match though, where they hosted newcomers Buducnost. They actually suffered quite a scare in the start of that match, as their opponents were leading by 14:25 at the end of the first quarter. But Darussafaka quickly got their act together and played massive defense in the rest of the match. They only allowed 10 points in the second quarter and a total of 28 in the second half to eventually win by 71:63. Peiners had a game-high 15 points with 4 assists, Kidd had 12 points with 2 assists and 3 rebounds, Eric had 10 points and 6 rebounds, while Evans scored 7 with 12 boards and two blocks.
Previous 5 games:
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs CSKA Moscow 86:89
CSKA Moscow vs Nizhny Novgorod 84:78
CSKA Moscow vs Barcelona 95:75
Astana vs CSKA Moscow 61:86
Enisey vs CSKA Moscow 66:91
Darussafaka vs Buducnost 71:63
Anadolu Efes vs Darussafaka 75:72
Real Madrid vs Darussafaka 109:93
Darussafaka vs Gaziantep 62:63
Anadolu Efes vs Darussafaka 88:68
CSKA Moscow vs Darussafaka: Head to Head Stats
The two teams last met in the Euroleague two seasons ago, where they exchanged home wins. CSKA Moscow won by 95:85 in this venue, after having lost by 91:83 in Turkey. The two teams also met the year before that, where CSKA Moscow won both matches.
CSKA Moscow vs Darussafaka: Prediction
CSKA Moscow have won all five matches in all competitions so far in the season, and they were all comfortable wins. They only struggled a bit in their latest win against Maccabi Tel Aviv, but the level of competition between that match and this one is abysmal. Look for CSKA Moscow to destroy their opponents on the offense.
CSKA Moscow vs Darussafaka: Betting Tips
CSKA Moscow can easily destroy most of the teams in the Euroleague, especially at home. They can cover the -17.5 handicap @1.85, but it all depends on their defense too. Darussafaka have not scored a lot so far in the season, but they did score 93 points in Madrid. This match can easily have Over 164.5 points @1.85, so this is my best bet on this match.