Date/Time: 06-17-2019, 15:00 EDT
Spread: Barcelona -2.5
With the first-seeded and defending champions Real Madrid (28-6) having taken a 2-0 lead after winning both home games, the series moves to Barcelona for Game 4 of the Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa) Finals, where they will be visiting the 2nd-seeded FC Barcelona Lassa (27-7), who are looking for their first victory in this finals series.
Barcelona finished the regular season with a 27-7 record and were placed 2nd in the league. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against Real Madrid in game 2 with an 80-81 score. They are led in scoring by Thomas Huertel with 13 ppg, adding a team-best 5.5 assists per game. He is followed by Adam Hanga with 9.8 ppg, while Chris Singleton adds 9.5 ppg and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersReal Madrid finished the regular season with a 28-6 record and were placed first in the league. They have won 20 of their last 21 matches and in their last game they won at home against Barcelona in game 2 with an 81-80 score. They are led in scoring by Sergio LLull with 11.1 ppg, adding 3.8 assists per game. He is followed by Facundo Campazzo with 10.1 ppg and a team-best 4.9 assists per game, while Jaycee Carroll adds 10.1 ppg.
In their seven previous meetings so far this season Barcelona leads Real Madrid 4-3 wins, having won both home games by an average of 12 points. Barcelona have a 18-2 home record, while Real Madrid are 15-4 on the road. Real Madrid have the best offense in the league with 88.7 ppg to Barcelona’s second-best of 86.9, while Barcelona have a better defense, allowing 76.2 ppg to Real’s 78.8. Barcelona have a better accuracy both from the field (50% to 49.6%) and from behind the arc (41.2% to 38.6%). They also dish more assists per game (17.9 to 17.4), while both squads are almost equal both in rebounding (33.9 to 33.6) and in turnovers per game (11.7 to 12). Bookmakers give Barcelona a -2.5 spread but don't expect them to beat the odds as the guests are coming in hot and will finish the series today.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Game 3 Prediction: Real Madrid+2.5 (-109)