In the 16th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, two former national champions are clashing, when the Spanish Real Madrid (9-6), are hosting the Israeli Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv (8-7) on Friday, January 5th 2018. The game takes place at the Wizink Center in the city of Madrid, Spain.
Date/Time: 01-05-2018, 14:45 EDT
Spread: Real Madrid -9.5
Real Madrid have a 9-6 record so far this season and currently sit on the 6th place of the league table. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against Fenerbahce with a 77-79 score. They are led in scoring by Luka Doncic with 18.6 ppg, adding 5.7 rebounds and a team high 4.8 assists per game. He is followed by Gustavo Ayon with 11 ppg and a team high 8 rebounds per game, while Anthony Randolph adds 10.2 ppg.
Top Basketball BookmakersMaccabi have an 8-7 record so far this season and currently sit on the 7th place of the league table. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost against Malaga at home with a 78-89 score. They are led in scoring by Pierre Jackson with 14.4 ppg and 4 assists. He is followed by Norris Cole with 14 ppg and a team high 4.1 assists per game, while DeShaun Thomas adds 12 ppg and 3.9 rebounds.
In their previous matchup on the first round, Maccabi won at home with a 90-83 score. Real Madrid are 5-2 at home so far this season, while Maccabi Tel Aviv are 2-4 on the road. Real Madrid are better both offensively, scoring a second-best 84.5 ppg to Maccabi’s 79.7 and defensively, allowing 79.2 ppg to Maccabi’s 80.9. They also have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 35.9% to Maccabi’s 34%, while both teams have almost the same field goal percentage (46.8% and 46.7%). Maccabi are slightly better in rebounding, grabbing 32.9 to Real Madrid’s 32.4 and in turnovers committed (10.4 to 11.1), while Real Madrid are better in assists made, with 19.1 to Maccabi’s 17.5. Real Madrid are the favorite for the win today, but expect a closer game than 10 points, so pick Maccabi Tel Aviv in this one.
Prediction: Maccabi Tel Aviv +9.5 (-110)