FC Barcelona vs CSKA Moscow
Date: 03rd March 2017
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
In the final Euroleague game on Friday, FC Barcelona will be hosting CSKA Moscow at the beautiful Palau Blaugrana.
Barcelona have managed to get a victory in the last round, as they defeated Milan, but overall the Catalonians have performed pretty miserably lately. They have just two victories in their last eight matches, which has pretty much pushed them out of contention for a playoff spot. Unfortunately for Barcelona, on Friday they will be meeting CSKA Moscow, who are in a lot better form.
CSKA have been doing pretty fine lately, winning five of their last seven games and thus maintaining their second position in the regular season standings. However, they are currently on a four-game losing streak on the road. Nonetheless, they will have a pretty good shot at snapping it, as Barcelona haven’t proven to be too tough of an opponent so far this season.
FC Barcelona vs CSKA Moscow: Head to head stats
For the last 16 years, FC Barcelona and CSKA Moscow have met 19 times with the Russian club winning 11 of those games.
Barcelona are 6-5 at home against CSKA.
In the previous game between the two clubs this season, CSKA Moscow won with a 92-76 score.
FC Barcelona vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction
CSKA are without a doubt aiming to get the win on Friday, as Barcelona have had a pretty hard season so far and it doesn’t look like they will manage to improve a lot until the end of it. Moreover, the Catalonians are almost for sure out of the playoffs and don’t have a lot to fight for, while CSKA still have a solid chance of getting the top spot in the table.
The game on Friday will be a pretty interesting one, as we will see two very different approaches to basketball – CSKA are focusing on scoring, while Barcelona are trying to use their defense as their main weapon. So far, the reigning champs have had more success. CSKA have the best offense in the Euroleague (87.9 ppg), while Barcelona have the absolute worst (72.9 ppg). Defensively, the Catalonians have been better, allowing just 76.1 ppg, compared to 80.3 by the Russian club.
Expect a win for CSKA in the end and a dominance by them throughout most of the game.
FC Barcelona vs CSKA Moscow: Tips
- CSKA-5 @1.80