CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 1 February 2018
Time: 18:00 CET
CSKA Moscow might be coming off a 81:72 win at home against Brose Bamberg, but they were not very good overall. They were actually really good in the first half, especially in the second quarter (21:11), but they looked uninterested in the second half. They were tied at 16:16 in the third quarter, and at 26:26 in the last quarter, and even though this match lookedl ike a blow-out win, it was just a simple win. Nando De Colo scored a game-high 20 points with 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals, while Rodriguez chipped in 13 points and 6 assists, and Higgins scored 12 more, with 3 rebounds. CSKA Moscow have been in really good form lately, as they havee won each of their last four in all competitions, and their last four for the Euroleague. They are still riding at the top of the league table (W16 L4), still featuring the best offense with 88.55 points per match, and the fifth best defense with 77.65 conceded.
On the other hand, Real Madrid recorded a dominant win against the visiting Anadolu Efes last week. They showed their intentions from the get-go, as they took a six point lead in the first quarter, and were already up by 39:30 at the end of the first half. However, they were excellent in the second half, where they destroyed their opponents in both quarters, and eventually recorded a really comfortable 87:68 win. Luka Doncic went off for 17 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds, while Tavares just missed the double double by a single rebounds (14p, 9r, 4 bl). Carroll, Reyes, Campazzo and Maciulis also helped on the scoring effort, while Fernandez dished out 8 assists. Real Madrid have been in stunning form over the past six weeks, as they have won 16 of their 17 matches in that span, losing only to Unicaja Malaga. They are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the Euroleague (W13 L7), featuring the 2nd best offense in the league with 84.1 points per match, and the fourth best defense with just 77.4 conceded.
Previous 5 games:
CSKA Moscow vs Brose Bamberg 81:72
CSKA Moscow vs Nizhny Novgorod 97:80
Panathinaikos vs CSKA Moscow 70:75
CSKA Moscow vs Anadolu Efes 110:79
Zenit St. Petersburg vs CSKA Moscow 87:83
Real Madrid vs Bilbao 95:65
Real Madrid vs Anadolu Efes 87:68
Gipuzkoa vs Real Madrid 84:98
Unicaja Malaga vs Real Madrid 80:75
Real Madrid vs Baskonai 75:73
CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid: Head to Head Stats
Real Madrid recorded a dominant win when the two teams met in Spain earlier in the season, as they destroyed the Russians by 82:69. Last season, the two teams exchanged home wins in the regular season, while CSKA Moscow won in the 3rd-place match in the Final Four by 70:94. Real Madrid have suffered in this venue over the years, winning just two of their nine matches here (W2 L7).
CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid: Prediction
These are by far two of the best teams in the Euroleague this season, and we are in for a really exciting match. Moreover, this is a battle between the two best offenses in the Euroleague, but don’t forget that both teams have really strong defenses as well.
CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid: Betting Tips
Doncic seems to be uncertain for this match and while the normal bet would be on over at points, I would rather take CSKA -4 @ 1.80.