Two Euroleague powerhouses meets today in Madrid, but only one will smile at the end of the game. After this game Real has 4 away games (Zalgiris, Barcelona, Olympiacos and Laboral) and for them it’s very important to get another home win before the this trip, because it’s almost clear that they will get at least one win over Zalgiris and history says that 7 wins (now Real has 5) is enough to classify for playoffs. CSKA is 6-2 with very solid points difference and +14 against Real and they comes to this game in more relaxing situation.
Madrid is almost complete. Only Rudy is out, while all others are healthy are ready to fight. Looking to the rosters quality I see real as better team by names, especially on bench. But on other side CSKA is playing increadibly good basketball this season and Real struggles to do the same, especially against good teams like CSKA.
CSKA will miss Nichols and Kulagin, but that’s not a big problem, because first one is a rotation player and Kulagin usually get his minutes in garbage time. In their last game in VTB league they lost at home to Lokomotiv Kuban, but I don’t take results in this league seriously, because games there are more like friendly ones.
I can’t see good pre-match bets. There is some tiny value on under, but both teams tends to play with soft defense, if everything ok with their offense. I think it’s worth to wait for in-play opportunity to take under 185-186 points or wait for better line on Real.