Date/Time: 05-17-2019, 15:00 EDT
Spread: CSKA Moscow +1
In this Euroleague Basketball Semifinal we have a battle between the domestic champions of Russia and Spain, as the 2nd in the regular season CSKA Moscow, after qualifying over Baskonia in the first round 3-1, are facing the 3rd in the season Real Madrid, who had an easy time in the opening round and qualified with a perfect 3-0 over Panathinaikos.
Real had a 22-8 record in the regular season and finished in the 3rd place of the league. They are 4-1 in their last 5 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious on the road against Panathinaikos in the third game of the series, 82-89. CSKA had a 24-6 record in the regular season and finished in the 2nd place of the league table. They are 7-1 in their last 8 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Baskonia in the fourth game of the series, 83-92.
Top Basketball BookmakersReal are led in scoring by Anthony Randolph with 12.6 ppg. He also adds 4.3 rebounds per game, while Sergio Llull follows with 10.6 ppg, adding 4.2 assists per game. Jaycee Carroll adds 9.3 ppg. CSKA are led in scoring by Cory Higgins with 14.8 ppg. He is followed by Nando De Colo with 14.5 ppg, adding 3.4 assists per game, while Will Clyburn adds 13.2 ppg and leads the team in rebounding with 6.9 per game.
CSKA leads Real 2-0 wins this season, having won at home with an 82-78 score and on the road 88-93. CSKA have a better offense with 86.8 ppg to Real’s 85.9, while Real have a better defense, allowing 78.1 ppg to CSKA Moscow’s 80.3 ppg. CSKA have a better accuracy from behind the arc (39.8% to 37.7%), while both squads have almost the same accuracy from the field (48.5% to 48.4%) and commit almost the same number of turnovers (11.5 to 11.6). Real dish more dimes per game (20 to 17.3) and grab more rebounds (33.1 to 31.4). CSKA have been perfect against Real this season and expect them to remain so again today.
Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow Prediction: CSKA Moscow +1 (-110)