Date/Time: 05-30-2019, 15:30 EDT
Spread: Real Madrid -16
In Game 1 of this Spanish Basketball League (ACB or Liga Endesa) quarterfinal, the top-seeded and defending champions Real Madrid (28-6), who have been red-hot having lost only once in their last fifteen games, are hosting the eighth-seeded Baxi Manresa (17-17), who on the other hand are struggling mightily having won once in their last 6.
Real Madrid finished the regular season with a 28-6 record and were placed first in the league. They have won 14 of their last 15 matches and in their last game they won on the road against Gipuzkoa with a 76-95 score. They are led in scoring by Sergio LLull with 11.5 ppg, adding 3.8 dimes per game. He is followed by Trey Thompkins with 10.3 ppg and 3.5 boards per game, while Jaycee Carroll adds 10.1 ppg.
Top Basketball BookmakersManresa finished the regular season with a 17-17 record and were placed 8th in the league. They have lost five of their last six matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Zaragoza with an 83-74 score. They are led in scoring by Alex Renfroe with 14.1 ppg, adding a team high 6.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Ryan Toolson with 13.4 ppg, while Corey Fisher adds 11.8 ppg and 4.2 dimes per game.
In their two previous meetings in the regular season Real Madrid had a perfect 2-0 against Manresa (They won at home by 34 points and on the road by 5). Real Madrid have a 15-2 home record, while Manresa are 8-9 on the road. Real Madrid are better both offensively, scoring 89 ppg to Manresa’s 80.3 and defensively, allowing 78.8 ppg to Manresa’s 82.2. They also have better percentages both in field goals (49.2% to 44.6%) and in 3-pointers (37.7% to 35.2%). Real Madrid are better in dimes made (17.3 to 14.5), in turnovers committed (12.2 to 12.7) and in boards grabbed (34.4 to 31.4). Bookmakers give Real Madrid a -16 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home win.
Manresa vs Real Madrid Game 1 Prediction: Real Madrid -16 (-114)