In the 28th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball and the second game in three days for all teams, we have a showdown in Moscow when Khimki Moscow Region (16-11), are hosting the defending Russian champions and league leaders of CSKA Moscow (22-5) on Friday, March 23rd 2018. The game takes place at the Krylatskoe Sports Palace in the city of Moscow, Russia.
Date/Time: 03-23-2018, 12:00 EDT
Spread: Khimki M. +4.5
Khimki have a 16-11 record so far this season and are currently with three more teams in the 4th place of the league table. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against Anadolu Efes with a 73-85 score. They are led in scoring by Alexey Shved with 21.8 ppg, adding a team high 4.9 assists per game. He is followed by Anthony Gill with 11 ppg and 4.6 rebounds, while Tyler Honeycutt adds 9.9 ppg and 5.4 rebounds.
Top Basketball BookmakersCSKA Moscow have a 22-5 record so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the league table. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Olympiakos with an 89-81 score. They are led in scoring by Nando De Colo with 17.1 ppg, adding 4.1 assists per game. He is followed by Sergio Rodriguez with 13.9 ppg and a team high 4.8 assists per game, while Cory Higgins adds 13.8 ppg.
CSKA Moscow have won both previous meetings against Khimki, both at home and by an average of 15 points. Khimki are 9-4 at home so far this season, while CSKA Moscow are 9-4 on the road. CSKA have the best offense in the league with 90 ppg to Khimki’s 78.5, while Khimki are better defensively, allowing a third-best of 77.8 ppg to CSKA’s 79.6. CSKA lead the league both in field goal percentage, shooting with 51.8% to Khimki’s 44.9% and in 3-point percentage, shooting with 43% to Khimki’s 35.6%. Both teams are almost equal both in rebounding (30.2 to 30.1) and in assists made (18.1 to 18), while CSKA Moscow commit slightly less turnovers (11.1 to 11.5). CSKA Moscow are the absolute favorite and expect a bigger win than 5 points on the road today in order to secure the first place as soon as possible.
CSKA Moscow vs Khimki M. Prediction: CSKA Moscow -4.5 (-112)