Date/Time: 11-29-2018, 15:00 EDT
Spread: Real Madrid -2.5
In the 9th round of the Euroleague Basketball we have a battle between the two best teams of the competition, when the Spanish champions Real Madrid (8-1) are hosting the Russian champions CSKA Moscow (8-1), with both teams coming off their first defeat of the season after 8 games. The game takes place at the Wizink center in the city of Madrid, Spain on Thursday, November 29th 2018.
Real Madrid have an 8-1 record so far this season and are currently tied with CSKA Moscow in the first place of the league. In their last game they saw an eight-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Olympiakos with an 88-83 score. They are led in scoring by Anthony Randolph with 14.2 ppg, adding 6.2 rebounds per game. He is followed by Jaycee Carroll with 11.8 ppg, while Sergio Llull adds 11.1 ppg and 3.6 assists per game.
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In their three meetings last season Real Madrid led CSKA Moscow 2-1 wins, winning the only home game with an 82-69 score. Real Madrid have a 5-0 home record so far, while CSKA Moscow are 4-1 on the road. Real Madrid have the best offense in the league with 90.4 ppg and CSKA follow second with 90.2. Real are also better defensively, allowing 77.2 ppg to CSKA’s 82.9. Those two teams have almost identical percentages both from the field (49.2% to 49.1%) and from behind the arc (41% to 40.4%). Real Madrid are better both in rebounding (35.2 to 31.7) and in assists made (21 to 17.6), while CSKA are better in turnovers committed (10.7 to 11.1). It is going to be a close game but expect Real Madrid to utilize the home court advantage and get away with the win one way or another.
CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid Prediction: Real Madrid -2.5 (-108)