In the 27th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, we have an all-Spanish showdown when the Eurocup champions Unicaja Malaga (10-16), are hosting FC Barcelona Lassa (9-17) on Wednesday, March 21st 2018. The game takes place at the Martin Carpena Arena in the city of Malaga, Spain.
Date/Time: 03-21-2018, 14:45 EDT
Spread: Unicaja -2.5
Unicaja have a 10-16 record so far this season and are currently tied with Bamberg on the 11th place of the league table. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against Panathinaikos with a 79-90 score. They are led in scoring by Nemanja Nedovic with 15.7 ppg, adding a team high 4.6 assists per game. He is followed by Adam Waczynski with 10.4 ppg, while Ray McCallum adds 9.5 ppg and 2.8 assists per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersBarcelona have a 9-17 record so far this season and are currently tied with two more teams on the second to last place of the league table. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against Olympiakos with a 63-90 score. They are led in scoring by Thomas Heurtel with 11 ppg, adding a team high 6.5 assists per game. He is followed by Rakim Sanders with 8.9 ppg, while Ante Tomic adds 8.8 ppg and 4.4 rebounds per game.
In their previous meeting in the first round, Unicaja won on the road with an 83-90 score. They also won on the road in the Spanish league with a 73-76 score. Unicaja are 7-6 at home so far this season, while Barcelona are 2-11 on the road (tied for league-worse). Barcelona are better both offensively, scoring 80.7 ppg to Unicaja’s 77.7 and defensively, allowing 79.2 ppg to Unicaja’s 81. They also have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.7% to Unicaja’s 44.9% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.3% to Unicaja’s 34.8%. Barceona are also better in rebounding, grabbing 32 to Unicaja’s 31.5, in assists made, with 20.6 to Unicaja’s 17.6 and in turnovers committed (11.5 to 11.9). Unicaja have already won twice against Barcelona this season and while they are weaker all across the statistical board, expect them to get away with a win by more than 3 points at home today in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Barcelona vs Unicaja Prediction: Unicaja -2.5 (-110)