In the 17th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, the Russian Khimki Moscow Region (9-7), are hosting the Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid (10-6) on Friday, January 12th 2018. The game takes place at the Krylatskoe Sports Palace in the city of Moscow, Russia.
Date/Time: 01-12-2018, 12:00 EDT
Spread: Khimki M. +3.5
Khimki have a 9-7 record so far this season and currently sit on the 7th place of the league table. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against Bamberg with a 70-74 score. They are led in scoring by Alexey Shved with 21.8 ppg, adding a team high 4.4 assists. He is followed by Thomas Robinson with 11.4 ppg and a team high 7.8 rebounds, while James Anderson adds 10.6 ppg and 3.1 rebounds.
Top Basketball BookmakersReal Madrid have a 10-6 record so far this season and currently sit on the 5th place of the league table. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Maccabi Tel Aviv with a 93-81 score. They are led in scoring by Luka Doncic with 18.1 ppg, adding 5.6 rebounds and a team high 4.8 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, Khimki won on the road with an 80-86 score. Khimki are 6-2 at home so far this season, while Real Madrid are 4-4 on the road. Real Madrid are better offensively, scoring a second-best 85.1 ppg to Khimki’s 77.1, while Khimki are better defensively, allowing 75.2 ppg to Real Madrid’s 79.3. Real Madrid also have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.9% to Khimki’s 44.8%, while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (36.2% and 36.1%). Real Madrid are better in rebounding, grabbing 32.7 to Khimki’s 28.9, in assists made, with 19.2 to Khimki’s 17.8 and in turnovers committed (11.1 to 12.1). Real Madrid are red-hot lately both in Europe and domestically and expect them to get away with the road victory today by more than 4 points.
Prediction: Real Madrid -3.5 (-107)