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Euroleague Alba Berlin vs Barcelona 10/1/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Spanish Champions of FC Barcelona Lassa are hosting the German Alba Berlin at the Palau Blaugrana Arena in Barcelona on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 15:00 ET in this opening round battle of Euroleague Basketball. Both teams had completely opposite courses last season, as Barcelona made it all the way to the league final, while Alba were disappointing, as they were one of the four worse squads of the competition. 

 

Barcelona finished last season with a 24-10 record and were tied with CSKA Moscow in the first place of the league. In the playoffs they eliminated Zenit Petersburg in the first round with 3-2 wins, Olimpia Milano in the semifinals with 84-82 and lost in the final game by Anadolu Efes with an 81-86 score. They had a very poor offensive performance, making just 46% of their shots from inside and 26.7% from outside the arc. They had three players with 17+ points, led by Cory Higgins with 23. He made 4 triples, while Kyle Kuric added 18 points and Brandon Davies double doubled with 17 points and a game-high 11 boards. 

 

Nikola Mirotic led the team both in scoring with 15.6 ppg and in rebounding with 5.9 per game. Cory Higgins followed with 13.1 ppg. 

 

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Euroleague Alba Berlin vs Barcelona Predictions 10/1/2021

 

Barcelona averaged 80 ppg last year and had the best defense, allowing 73.6 ppg. They had the third-best field goal percentage with 49% and the fourth-best % 3-point percentage with 39.9%. 

 

Alba finished last season with a 12-22 record and were placed 15th in the league. They were 1-4 in their final five matches last season and in their last game they defeated Crvena Zvezda at home with an 81-58 score. They chocked their opponents defensively in the paint, allowing them to shoot with just 27.8%, while shooting with 51.2%. Peyton Siva led the team with 17 points and 8 assists, while Simone Fontecchio added 13 points and a team-high 6 boards. 

 

Marcus Eriksson led the team in scoring with 12.4 ppg, while Fontecchio followed with 10.6 ppg and 3.4 rebounds per game. 

 

Alba scored 78.6 ppg last season and had the third-worse defense, allowing 82.7 ppg. They had the fourth-worse field goal percentage with 45.7% and a 36.5% 3-point percentage. 

 

Barcelona won both matches against Alba Berlin last season. At home with an 80-67 score and on the road with 67-103. They are 9-1 in their previous ten overall meetings and have a 5-1 overall home record against Alba. They had a 11-6 home record last year, while Alba were 6-11 on the road. Barca won by an average of 24.5 points last season, so expect them to win by more than 14 today and beat the odds. 

 

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Euroleague Alba Berlin vs Barcelona 10/1/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 15:00 ET 

 

Location: Palau Blaugrana Arena in Barcelona, Spain

 

Date: Friday, October 1, 2021

 

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Euroleague Odds/Point Spread: Barcelona -14

 

Euroleague Totals: +160

 

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