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In the 16th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, the Spanish FC Barcelona Lassa (5-10) are hosting the Russian champions and league leaders CSKA Moscow (12-3) on Thursday, January 4th 2018. The game takes place at the Palau Blaugrana Arena in the city of Barcelona, Spain.
Date/Time: 01-04-2018, 15:00 EDT
Spread: Barcelona +4.5
Barcelona have a 5-10 record so far this season and currently sit on the 13th place of the league table. In their last game they snapped a five-game losing streak by winning on the road against Khimki with a 65-79 score. They are led in scoring by Kevin Seraphin with 12.1 ppg, adding a team high 4.9 rebounds. He is followed by Thomas Heurtel with 9.5 ppg and a team high 6.7 assists per game, while Rakim Sanders adds 9.1 ppg.
CSKA Moscow have a 12-3 record so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the league table. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against Baskonia with an 81-90 score. They are led in scoring by Nando De Colo with 16.2 ppg, adding 4.1 assists per game. He is followed by Sergio Rodriguez with 14.6 ppg and a team high 5.2 assists per game, while Cory Higgins adds 13.7 ppg.
In their previous matchup on the first round, CSKA won at home with a 92-78 score. Barcelona are 4-4 at home so far this season, while CSKA Moscow are 5-2 on the road. CSKA Moscow have the best offense in the league, scoring 89.1 ppg to Barcelona’s 80.7 and they are slightly better defensively, allowing 78.5 ppg to Barcelona’s 78.9. CSKA also lead the league both in field goal percentage, shooting with 51.5% to Barcelona’s 47.9% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 43% to Barcelona’s 37.6%. They are also better in turnovers committed (11.5 to 12), while Barcelona lead the league in assists made, with 21.3 to CSKA’s 17.3, and in rebounding, grabbing 32.8 to CSKA’s 31.7. Barcelona have been extremely underwhelming so far this season and they don’t seem capable of winning the leaders of the league even at their own home court. Pick CSKA Moscow for a road win by more than 4.5 points today.
Prediction: CSKA Moscow -4.5 (-111)