The Spanish “El Classico” takes place in the 23rd round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, when the Real Madrid (13-9) are visiting their Spanish rivals and arch nemesis FC Barcelona Lassa (7-15) on Friday, February 23rd 2018. The game takes place at the Palau Blaugrana Arena in the city of Barcelona, Spain.
Date/Time: 02-23-2018, 15:00 EDT
Spread: Barcelona -0.5
Barcelona are 7-15 so far in the league and are currently tied with Olimpia Milan in the second to last place of the league table. They are 1-5 in their last 6 and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Maccabi Tel Aviv on the road with a 94-82 score. Kevin Seraphin leads the team in scoring with 12.1 ppg, adding a team-best 4.9 boards per game. Thomas Heurtel follows with 11.3 ppg and a team-best 6.5 dimes per game, while Rakim Sanders adds 8.9 ppg.
Top Basketball BookmakersReal Madrid are 13-9 so far in the league and are currently tied with two more teams on the 5th place of the league table. They are 1-3 in their last 4 and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Olympiakos at home with a 79-80 score. Luka Doncic leads the team in scoring with 17.9 ppg, adding 5.2 boards and a team-best 4.5 dimes per game. Trey Thompkins follows with 10.4 ppg and 5.5 boards per game, while Anthony Randolph adds 8.7 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Real Madrid were victorious at home with an 87-75 score, but in the Spanish league Barcelona won two close games on the road by two and four points. Barcelona have a 6-5 home record this season, while Real Madrid are 5-6 on the road. Real Madrid have both a better offense with 84.5 ppg to Barcelona’s 80.6 and a better defense, allowing 79.1 ppg to Barcelona’s 79.6. Real Madrid also have a better accuracy from inside the arc (54.5% to 53.6%), while both teams have almost identical accuracy from behind the arc (37.2% and 37%). Real Madrid grab more rebounds, with 33.1 to Barcelona’s 31.7, while Barcelona dish more assists, with 20.6 to Real Madrid’s 18.8. Both teams are in slumps lately but Barcelona are one of the weakest squads in the league, so expect a Real Madrid road victory today.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Prediction: Real Madrid +0.5 (-115)