Spread Pick: FC BarcelonaHome with handicap -6.5 at 1.90
Over/Under: Over 156.5 at 1.90 Bet Now!
12/03/2015 19:45 – FC Barcelona v Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
This is a game between two teams who know each other very well, with this game being the 35th match-up between the two sides. Euroleague fans will know that both sides clashed in Israel earlier on in the Top 16, with the home side winning by just 2 points. This means that the tie-breaker is very much up for grabs in this game, which could have a big impact on the outcome of the game. Barcelona will not only want to win, they will want to make sure that they win by at least 3 points, which means that we could be in for some late action! The Catalan side are expected to be without Alex Abrines for this game but with the Catalan giants holding a 9-1 record at home this season, they should feel confident about the game.
Barcelona currently hold a 15-4 record so far this season. This includes a 9-1 record in the regular season and a 6-3 record in the Top 16. Maccabi also hold a 6-3 record in the Top 16, so it is obvious that this is a huge game for both sides. Maccabi held a 7-3 record in the regular season which means that they hold a 13-6 record overall this season in the Euroleague. With respect to points, Barcelona have an advantage by 83.6 average points per game to 78.4 average points per game for Maccabi.
|Euroleague tip locked in at 11/03 11:50 (Spread Result: 82.5-71, Totals: 160)
|Maccabi Tel Aviv
|Maccabi Tel AvivMAC
Ante Tomic is a key man for Barcelona
Ante Tomic is clearly going to be a major player for Barcelona and if he hits form, the home team will find that their chance of success greatly improves. He has grabbed an average of 11.5 points per game this season while he has also managed to offer up an average of 7.4 rebounds per game. He has been assisted by Marcelino Huertas who has helped to serve up an average of 4.7 assists for Barcelona so far this season.
Devin Smith is an integral player for Maccabi and it may be that he is the player who will be the difference between these two teams. Smith has averaged 15.4 points per game for the Euroleague champions so far this season and he has also managed to serve up an average of 6.4 rebounds per game. Jeremy Pargo has been the chief playmaker this season for the Israeli side and he has provided an average of 5.6 assists per game.
Maccabi are doing well domestically
Maccabi are well clear at the top of the Israeli domestic league, sitting with a 20-2 record. Their most recent domestic game was on Sunday and resulted in a 113-93 home win against Maccabi Rish. Barcelona are in fourth place in the Spanish league, sitting with a 16-4 record, a record they share with the fourth placed team Bilbao. Both Real Madrid and Unicaja are above Barca, with 19-4 records. The Catalan club’s last domestic game was a 76-70 away loss to Gran Canaria 20.
Taking Barcelona with a -6.5 handicap, at odds of 1.90, is likely to be a good bet for Thursday night. If you want to take advantage of the Over/Under market, go OVER 156.5 at odds of 1.90. These bets can be found on the Bet365 site. Bet Now!
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