CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid / EuroLeague – Many analysts believe that duel between the Russian and Spanish teams is “the final before final.” However, the draw decided that the two teams meet in the semi-finals and now we have rerun of the last year’s semi-final in Belgrade, which Real Madrid won.
CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid 17.05.2019 at 21:00 CET
CSKA participated even 16 times in the Final Four in last 17 years, and it has won seven titles of European champions (the last time three years ago). Its score in the regular season was 24-6 (ended up at the 2nd place), while in the quarter-finals they won Baskonia by 3-1 in the series and in that way prevented the team to be host of the Final Four. CSKA was fourth last season after losing to Real in the semi-finals, and Zalgiris in match for the third place.
CSKA retains almost half of team that won the title three years ago and they are known as team that don’t change players too often, which contributes to their compactness on the court. Rodriguez, De Colo, Higins, Vorontsevich, Hines, Hunter, Clyburn and other are names that strike fear into harts of their opponents. We need to add that CSKA won both games with Real played this season.
Probable lineups CSKA Moscow: De Colo, Hackett (Rodriguez), Kurbanov, Vorontsevich, Hines
Real did win CSKA at last year’s tournament and later on it won the final, but compared to the previous season Luka Doncic is no more with them. Still, similar to CSKA, they didn’t make too many changes in the team in the previous year. Players know each other very well and one of their tasks will be to stop their former teammates Rodriguez, who played six seasons with Real’s first star Llull. Regarding Real’s guard, he has recovered, which make very happy Real fans, and will play in the semi-finals.
Real is the leading team in the EuroLeague in rebounds this season, but CSKA was better in this segment in their both games when Real allowed the Russian team to have even 29 offensive rebounds. They have to prevent that now and try to overpower CSKA with team play (they are also leading team in number of assists) on both sides of the court and especially in the paint wither Tavares and Randloph. Real easily won Panathinaikos in the quarter-finals by 3-0 in the series, while they ended up the regular season at the third place with 22 wins and 8 losses.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Llull (Taylor), Fernandez, Campazzo, Randolph, Tavares
CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid PICK
Twenty players who met last season’s semi-final are still with CSKA and Real, meaning that the Russian team will have great desire to revenge to Real for the defeat, but on the other hand Real players want to prove that can reach the final even without Luka Doncic. We expect a great game, attractive moves and all that what makes basketball nice sport to watch.
Pick: over 164.5 points
Odds: 1.93 at 10bet (down to 1.80 can be played)
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