Two teams with opposite fates regarding the upcoming playoffs are clashing in the 30th and final round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, when the already eliminated FC Barcelona Lassa (10-19), are hosting the already qualified Khimki Moscow Region (16-13) on Thursday, April 5th 2018. The game takes place at the Palau Blaugrana Arena in the city of Barcelona, Spain.
Date/Time: 04-05-2018, 15:00 EDT
Spread: Barcelona -2.5
Barcelona have a 10-19 record so far this season and are currently tied with Olimpia Milan in the second to last place of the league table. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against Anadolu Efes with an 83-107 score. They are led in scoring by Thomas Heurtel with 11.2 ppg, adding a team high 6.5 assists per game. He is followed by Ante Tomic with 9.9 ppg and 4.9 rebounds per game, while Rakim Sanders adds 8.9 rebounds per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersKhimki have a 16-13 record so far this season and are currently with Zalgiris Kaunas in the 6th place of the league table. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against Fenerbahce with a 64-73 score. They are led in scoring by Alexey Shved with 21.7 ppg, adding a team high 5.1 assists per game. He is followed by Anthony Gill with 10.7 ppg and 4.6 rebounds, while Tyler Honeycutt adds 9.9 ppg and 5.4 rebounds.
In their previous meeting in the first round, Barcelona won on the road with a 65-79 score. Barcelona are 7-7 at home so far this season (third-worse), while Khimki are 7-7 on the road. Barcelona are better offensively, scoring 81.7 ppg to Khimki’s 77.8, while Khimki are better defensively, allowing 79 ppg to Barcelona’s 79.9. Barcelona have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 48.5% to Khimki’s 44.9% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 37.9% to Khimki’s 35.6%. They are also better in rebounding, grabbing 31.7 to Khimki’s 29.6 and in assists made, with a league-best of 20.5 to Khimki’s 18, while both teams commit almost the same number of turnovers per game (11.6 to 11.7). Barcelona are without incentive and that makes them play better. They have already won once in Moscow earlier this season, so expect them to get away with the home victory by more than 3 points today.
Khimki M. vs Barcelona Prediction: Barcelona -2.5 (-113)