Real Madrid vs Crvena Zvezda
Competition : Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date : 1 December 2017
Time : 21:00 CET
Real Madrid should be feeling really frustrated about the way that they lost their previous match against Panathinaikos, who defeated them by 82:80 in Athens. Real Madrid actually made a great start in the match, as they were winning by 23:28 at the end of the first quarter, and by 40:54 at the end of the first half. However, Panathinaikos are really strong at home, and managed to outscore Real Madrid throughout the whole second half, and eventually deafeted the Spanish team. Doncic might have scored 19 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists, but he also made 8 turnovers, courtesy of a very loud home crowd. Thompkins and Reyes were the only other players with double-digits, but the problem was Real Madrid’s overall performance in the second half. That loss really stung, as prior to that, Real Madrid had won two in a row, and were hoping to build a streak. They are now sitting at the 5th spot of the Euroleague (W5 L4), featuring t he 2nd best offense with 84.88 points per match, but also one of the worst defenses with 79.88 conceded.
Crvena Zvezda failed to make home ground count in their previous match, where they were defeated by 81:85 in the hands of Baskonia, who have been really strong lately. Crvena Zvezda were down by 9 points at the half-time whistle, and even though they outscored their opponenst throughout the whole second half, they were unable to overturn the lead and suffered yet another loss in the Euroleague. Rochestie finally cooled off with a bad 4-3-5 line, while it was Lessort’s time to shine with 19 points, 4 rebounds and a block. Dobric scored 17 points with 2 steals, while Feldeine scored 10 points with 6 assists, and Bjelica scored 9 with 6 boards. Crvena Zvezda have not been very good so far in the season, and are in poor form lately, as they ahve lost 4 of their last 6 matches. They have now moved to the bottom spot of the Euroleague (W2 L7), featuring the 2nd worst offense with just 73.77 points per match, and the 3rd worst defense with 82 conceded points per match.
Previous 5 games:
Panathinaikos vs Real Madrid 82:80
Real Betis vs Real Madrid 63:98
Real Madrid vs Unicaja Malaga 89:57
Baskonia vs Real Madrid 105:75
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 80:84
Crvena Zvezda vs Baskonia 81:85
Zandar vs Crvena Zvezda 76:100
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Crvena Zvezda 85:59
Crvena Zvezda vs CSKA Moscow 59:85
Crvena Zvezda vs FMP Belgrade 84:77
Real Madrid vs Crvena Zvezda: Head to Head Stats
The two teams exchanged home wins last season in the Euroleague, as Crvena Zvezda won by 82:70 in Serbia, but fell by a massive 98:68 in this venue. Real Madrid have been the bosses of this match-up through the years (W9 L3), and have won all 6 home matches against this opponent.
Real Madrid vs Crvena Zvezda: Prediction
Real Madrid were starting to find their groove with back to back wins against Unicaja Malaga and Betis, but they suffered a tough loss on the road against Panathinaikos. I expect them to bounce back to winning ways with a bang here, as they are hosting one of the worst teams in the Euroleague.
Real Madrid vs Crvena Zvezda: Betting Tips
Crvena Zvezda have lost all 4 away matches in the Euroleague so far, and have also struggled to get results on the road for the ABA league. Real Madrid will be looking to return to winning ways here, and they should be able to do so by double-digits. I will take the -10.5 for the home team here @ 1.70, but the odds are slowly dropping, so get it while it is still worth it.
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