Unicaja Malaga vs Baskonia
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 25 January 2018
Time: 20:45 CET
Unicaja Malaga are coming into this match after a really strong performance against Real Madrid, whom they overcame by 80:75 at home. They grabbed their opponents by the throat early in the match, and were already up by 38:27 at the end of the first half. They were just slightly outscored in the third quarter, but they managed to hold on to their lead, and managed to record a really strong win. Waczynski scored a team-high 15 points with 5 rebounds and 4 triples, McCallum also scored 15 with 4 rebounds and 2 steals, while Nedovic and Brooks, Augustine and Shermadini were also really good in that match. Unicaja Malaga had lost each of their previous three matches for the Euroleague, but they were due for a win. They are now sitting at the 10th spot of the Euroleague (W8 L11), with an average of 77.10 points per match, while conceding 80.68 in the process.
On the other hand, Baskonia were not very good in their previous match against Olimpia Milano at home, as they fell for the second time this season, by 82:83 at home. The damage was done in the first half, as they were down by 36:47. Even though they were much better at the second half, outscoring their opponents through both quarters, they were unable to reverse the damage. Shengelia played his heart out with 17 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and a block, while Granger scored 15 with 6 assists and 3 rebounds. Baskonia have a tendency to not start their matches in a strong fashion, but they addressed that in their most recent match, when they destroyed Betis by 94:70 for the ACB. As far as the Euroleague is concerned, Baskonia are now sitting at the 9th spot (W8 L11), and are two wins behind the playoffs. They score 80.73 points per match, and allow 79.78 so far.
Previous 5 games:
Unicaja Malaga vs Gran Canaria 94:87
Unicaja Malaga vs Real Madrid 80:75
Olimpia Milano vs Unicaja Malaga 101:87
Barcelona vs Unicaja Malaga 73:76
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Unicaja Malaga 79:77
Baskonia vs Real Betis 94:70
Baskonia vs Olimpia Milano 82:83
Real Madrid vs Baskonia 75:73
Tenerife vs Baskonia 86:74
Baskonia vs Olympiacos Piraeus 86:54
Unicaja Malaga vs Baskonia: Head to Head Stats
The two teams have already met twice in the season, where Baskonia have won both matches. First came a 72:73 win in this venue for the ACB, before a 88:82 win at home on December 7th for the Euroleague. However, Unicaja Malaga had won each of the previous three matches.
Unicaja Malaga vs Baskonia: Prediction
Unicaja Malaga have won seven of their last eight home matches in all competitions, while Baskonia have lost each of their last five on the road. Baskonia are really weakened away from Vitoria-Gasteiz, but have actually won two of their last three matches in this venue.
Unicaja Malaga vs Baskonia: Betting Tips
The two teams are sitting just below the playoff spots, and this is surely going to be a strong Spanish battle between the two. Baskonia have been going through a rough patch lately, and even more so on the road. Unicaja Malaga will be keen to record a win after two losses against Baskonia, but considering Nedovic is doubtful (source) I would rather back Baskonia +3 @1.80. Also the match going over 158.5 @1.90 might also be a good option.
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