In the 20th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, the Spanish champions Valencia Basket Club (6-13), are hosting the Russian Khimki Moscow Region (11-8) on Friday, January 26th 2018. The game takes place at the Krylatskoe Sports Palace in the city of Moscow, Russia.
Date/Time: 01-26-2018, 14:30 EDT
Spread: Valencia -4
Khimki have a 11-8 record so far this season and currently sit on the 7th place of the league table. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against Olympiakos with an 82-54 score. They are led in scoring by Alexey Shved with 22.1 ppg, adding a team high 4.5 assists per game. He is followed by Thomas Robinson with 11.4 ppg and a team high 7.8 rebounds, while James Anderson adds 10.4 ppg and 3.2 rebounds.
Valencia have a 6-13 record so far this season and currently sit on the third to last place of the league table. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Zalgiris with an 86-82 score. They are led in scoring by Erick Green with 16 ppg, while Tibor Pleiss follows with 10.4 ppg and a team high 5.7 rebounds per game. Boban Dubljevic adds 10.2 ppg and 5.1 rebounds per game.
In their previous matchup on the first round, Khimki won at home with a 75-70 score. Valencia are 4-5 at home so far this season, while Khimki are 4-5 on the road as well. Khimki are better both offensively, scoring 77.5 ppg to Valencia’s 76.7 and defensively, allowing 77.9 ppg to Valencia’s 79.6. Valencia on the other hand have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 45.5% to Khimki’s 44.9% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 37.8% to Khimki’s 36.9%. They are also better in turnovers committed (11.5 to 12), while Khimki are better in rebounding, grabbing 29.4 to Valencia’s 28.2 and both teams dish almost the same number of assists per game (17.8 and 17.6). Valencia are far better at home and both teams have the same record at home and on the road so expect a close game today. Pick Valencia for a win by more than 4 points today as they will get away with the home victory one way or another.
Khimki M. vs Valencia Prediction: Valencia -4 (-110)