Spread Pick: Real MadridHome with handicap -16 at 1.90
Over/Under: Over 159.5 at 1.90 Bet Now!
12/03/2015 20:00 – Real Madrid v Alba Berlin
All the focus on this game is the fact that a Real Madrid is likely to put them into the play-offs, so there is a great deal of expectation placed on the Spanish side. Real are currently 8-1 in Madrid this season and they comfortably defeated Alba in Berlin earlier on in the Euroleague Top 16. Madrid’s hopes are boosted by the fact that Alba’s star man, Jamel McLean, is likely to be absent, and Euroleague betting fans know what tremendous form McLean has been in this season.
When you take on board the fact that Real Madrid have a 16-3 record in Europe this season, while Alba has an 8-11 record, this game should only be heading one way. Madrid have achieved the number of total Berlin wins so far this season in both their regular season, an 8-2 record, and in the Top 16, an 8-1 record so far. The German side holds a 4-5 record in the Top 16 and they had a 4-6 record in the regular season. With respect to points scored, the Spanish giants have grabbed an average of 87.9 points per campaign while the Berlin side has offered up an average of 73.5 points. On paper, this is a game that should only be going one way.
|Euroleague tip locked in at 11/03 11:50 (Spread Result: 77-62, Totals: 155)
Felipe Reyes has been a key player
While there is no shortage of stars or key players in the Real Madrid team, Felipe Reyes has been crucial this season. So far he has managed an average of 11.9 points per game, and he has also managed to offer up an average of 6.1 rebounds per game. This is the sort of form that will make a big difference to any team and the team from Madrid have been flying high with his input. Sergio Llull is one of the many players who play their part in keeping Madrid ticking over and he has offered up an average of 5.4 assists per game.
Alba will be without Jamel McLean
Sadly for Alba, they will be without star man Jamel McLean heading into this game, as they were for the game against Barcelona last week. McLean has averaged 14 points per game this season while he has also offered up an average of 5.4 rebounds per game. There is an opportunity for someone else in the Berlin squad to step up and make a difference to the team, but it remains to be seen whether this is a chance that will be taken. The playmaking skills of Alex Renfroe have also been crucial for Alba this season and he has served up an average of 4.9 assists per game this campaign.
Real Madrid are currently sitting in second place in the Spanish league. They have a 19-4 record, the same as Unicaja Malaga but it is Malaga that holds the top spot in the table. The most recent domestic game for Madrid was a very close affair, defeating FIATC Joventut by a score of 80-81.
Alba Berlin are currently sitting in second place in the German league, with a 21-4 record, one place behind Brose Basket, who hold a 21-3 record. Alba’s most recent domestic game was an away win over Goettingen, Berlin winning by 81-86.
The odds are heavily stacked in Madrid’s favour and even odds of 1.90 for a -16 handicap look to be of benefit in a game that the Spanish giants will be wanting to put away as quickly as they possibly can. Going OVER 159.5, at odds of 1.90, is a sound bet for the Over/Under market and both of these bets are available with Bet365. Bet Now!
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