In the 22nd round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, two teams sitting on opposite sides of the league table are clashing, when the Spanish champions of Valencia Basket Club (7-14), are hosting the Russian champions of CSKA Moscow (17-4) on Thursday, February 8th 2018. The game takes place at the Krylatskoe Sports Palace in the city of Moscow, Russia.
Date/Time: 02-08-2018, 14:30 EDT
Spread: Valencia +7.5
Valencia have a 7-14 record so far this season and currently sit on the third to last place of the league table. They have won their two previous home matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Anadolu Efes with an 82-66 score. They are led in scoring by Erick Green with 15.8 ppg, while Tibor Pleiss follows with 10.6 ppg and a team high 5.8 rebounds per game. Boban Dubljevic adds 10.2 ppg and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersCSKA Moscow have a 17-4 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 Real Madrid with a 93-87 score. They are led in scoring by Nando De Colo with 16.4 ppg, adding 4.1 assists per game. He is followed by Sergio Rodriguez with 14.8 ppg and a team high 5 assists per game, while Cory Higgins adds 13.8 ppg.
In their previous matchup on the first round, CSKA Moscow won easily at home by 27 points with a 94-67 score. Valencia are 5-5 at home so far this season, while CSKA Moscow are 7-3 on the road. CSKA Moscow are better both offensively, scoring a league-best of 89.2 ppg to Valencia’s third-worse of 76.6 and defensively, allowing 78.7 to Valencia’s 79.9. CSKA Moscow also lead the league both in field goal percentage, shooting with 51.2% to Valencia’s 45.3% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 43.7% to Valencia’s 38.3%. They are also better in rebounding, grabbing 31 to Valencia’s 28.6, while both teams dish exactly 17.6 assists per game and are very close in turnovers committed (10.9 to 11.2). Valencia have been one of the weakest teams of the league this season and expect CSKA Moscow to win easily today on the road by more than 8 points.
CSKA Moscow vs Valencia Prediction: CSKA Moscow -7.5 (-115)