In the 21st round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, the Russian champions CSKA Moscow (16-4), are hosting the Spanish powerhouse of Real Madrid (13-7) on Thursday, February 1st 2018. The game takes place at the Megasport Arena in the city of Moscow, Russia.
Date/Time: 02-01-2018, 12:00 EDT
Spread: CSKA Moscow -5.5
CSKA Moscow have a 16-4 record so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the league table. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Bamberg with an 81-72 score. They are led in scoring by Nando De Colo with 16.8 ppg, adding 4 assists per game. He is followed by Sergio Rodriguez with 14.7 ppg and a team high 5 assists per game, while Cory Higgins adds 13.7 ppg.
Real Madrid have a 13-7 record so far this season and currently sit on the third place of the league table. They have won eight of their last nine matches and in their last game they won at home against Anadolu Efes with an 87-68 score. They are led in scoring by Luka Doncic with 17.2 ppg, adding 5.4 rebounds and a team high 4.5 assists per game. He is followed by Gustavo Ayon with 11 ppg and team highs in rebounds with 8 per game, steals with 1.8 per game and blocks with 1.6 per game.
In their previous matchup on the first round, Real Madrid won at home with an 82-69 score. CSKA Moscow are 9-1 at home so far this season, while Real Madrid are 5-5 on the road. CSKA Moscow have the best offense in the league with 89 ppg to Real Madrid’s second-best of 84.7, while both teams are almost equal defensively, allowing 78.3 and 78.4 ppg. CSKA Moscow lead the league both in field goal percentage, shooting with 51.3% to Real Madrid’s 46.9% and in 3-point percentage, shooting with 43.6% to Real Madrid’s 37.1%. They are also better in turnovers committed (10.9 to 11.4), while Real Madrid are better in rebounding (33.5 to 31.3) and in assists made (19.2 to 17.6). CSKA have been one of the best home teams in the league while Real Madrid have been mediocre on the road, so pick CSKA Moscow for a home victory by more than 6 points today.
Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow Prediction: CSKA Moscow -5.5 (-110)