2nd and 3rd seeded face off in a battle what could be a potential final preview as CSKA Moscow host Real Madrid in Russia!
CSKA Moscow are 6th best team in the Euroleague when it comes to covering total point overs at 55.6% (5-4). The total for this game is 171.5 and the closest that they’ve had a pre-game point total to that at home before was against Efes when the total was 171 which resulted in an over as CSKA won the game 102-84 totalling 186 points.
Real Madrid are only 10th best at covering total point overs just at 40% (4-6) on the road this season. 5 of their last 6 road games have seen unders. Madrid have not had a 171.5 point total, but did have a 171 point total against Efes on the road which resulted in an under as Madrid won 82-84.
CSKA are 2nd worst in the Euroleague at covering Handicaps at home in the Euroleague this season at just 33.3% (3-1-5). CSKA are 5.5 point favourites which is actually their lowest tipped handicap all season long with the previous high being 8.5 favourites against Olympiakos and Efes failing to cover against Olympiakos and being able to cover against Efes. Having huge Handicaps as favourites is probably the reason such poor percentage covered.
Real Madrid are 5th best at covering Handicaps on the road in the Euroleague at 50% (5-5) however they have recently struggled failing to cover 3 consecutive Handicaps on the road. This is only the 2nd time that Madrid are tipped as underdogs on the road this season the only other time being against Fenerbache and despite losing, they covered a +3 Handicap in a 65-63 loss. This 5.5 point underdog Handicap is Madrid’s largest this season.
Recent H2H in Moscow
CSKA have won 5 consecutive games at Home against Madrid showing that they’ve been a very tough place to go to for Real Madrid.
The last meeting in Moscow last season was won by CSKA 93-87. In that game Real Madrid covered a +7 point Handicap while total 170.5 points ended up with an over as the game had a total of 180 points.
CSKA Moscow: Cory Higgins could return for CSKA, meanwhile Mikhail Kulagin is OUT.
Real Madrid: Sergio Llull and Trey Thompkins are both out for Madrid.
Tip Off – 8th February 2019 – 5pm UK Time