In the 30th and final round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, two already eliminated from the playoffs teams are clashing, when the Spanish champions Valencia Basket Club (11-18), are hosting the Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv (13-16) on Friday, April 6th 2018. The game takes place at the Pabellón Municipal Fuente de San Luis Arena in the city of Valencia, Spain.
Date/Time: 04-06-2018, 14:30 EDT
Spread: Valencia -5.5
Valencia have a 11-18 record so far this season and are currently tied with two more teams in the 11th place of the league table. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Panathinaikos with a 75-56 score. They are led in scoring by Erick Green with 14.5 ppg, while Boban Dubljevic follows with 10.6 ppg and 5 rebounds per game. Tibor Pleiss adds 10.1 ppg and a team high 5.2 rebounds per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersMaccabi have a 13-16 record so far this season and currently sit on the 9th place of the league table. They have lost six of their last seven matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Baskonia with an 83-72 score. They are led in scoring by Pierre Jackson with 14.5 ppg, adding a team high 4.2 assists per game. He is followed by Norris Cole with 12.3 ppg and 3.7 assists per game, while DeShaun Thomas adds 11.6 ppg and 3.4 rebounds.
In their previous meeting in the first round, Maccabi won at home with a 94-91 score. Valencia are 8-6 at home so far this season, while Maccabi are 4-10 on the road. Maccabi are better offensively, scoring 81.2 ppg to Valencia’s 78.4, while Valencia are better defensively, allowing 81.4 ppg to Maccabi’s third-worse of 84.4. Maccabi have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.9% to Valencia’s 46%, while Valencia have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 39.8% to Maccabi’s 36.1%. Maccabi are better in rebounding, grabbing a third-best of 32.4 to Valencia’s 28.4, while both teams are almost equal both in assists made (17.5 to 17.4) and in turnovers committed (10.9 to 11). In a game without incentive for any of the teams, expect the home court advantage to be a major factor. Pick Valencia for a home win by more than 6 points today.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Valencia Prediction: Valencia -5.5 (-112)