After winning both games at home and taking a commanding 2-0 lead in this Italian Basketball League (Lega Basket Serie A) quarterfinals series, the second-seeded EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (22-8) are visiting the seventh-seeded Pallacanestro Cantu (16-14), who are now with their backs against the wall and are facing imminent elimination. Italian Lega A Olimpia Milano vs Cantu Game 3 Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 05-16-2018, 14:30 EDT
Spread: Cantu +3.5
Milano had a 22-8 record in the regular season. They finished in the 2nd place of the league and they have won three of their last four games. Cantu had a 16-14 record in the regular season. They finished in the 7th place of the league and they have lost three of their last four matches.
Milano are led in scoring by Andrew Goudelock with 15.4 ppg, while Vladimir Micov adds 11.7 ppg. Arturas Gudaitis adds 10.7 ppg and a team high 7.3 rebounds per game, while Jordan Theodore adds 10.4 ppg and a team high 2.9 assists per game. Cantu are led in scoring by Randy Culpepper with 17 ppg, adding 3.7 assists per game. He is followed by Jaimie Smith with 14.9 ppg and a team high 4.3 assists per game, while Christian Burns adds 14.1 ppg and a team high 10.2 rebounds per game.
In game 2 on Monday, Milano utilized once again a strong first half effort and by scoring 54 of their total 87 points in that span they managed to take a 15-point lead (54-39), which they held until the end for another easy win with an 87-75 score.
In their four previous meetings earlier this season, Milano led Cantu 4-1 wins, winning the only road with with a 93-98 score. Cantu are 11-4 at home, while Milano are 10-5 on the road. Cantu have the best offense in the league with 86.8 ppg to Milano’s 82.8, but Milano have the best defense, allowing 74.8 ppg to Cantu’s league-low of 87.7.
Club Milano have a better accuracy from the field (47.4% to 46.2%), while Cantu have better accuracy from behind the arc (34.7% to 34.1%). Milano grab more rebounds (34.4 to 32.1), while Cantu dish more assists (17.1 to 14.1) and commit fewer turnovers per game (11.8 to 12.3). Milano now have the momentum and the upper hand in the series and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat those odds for another road victory against Cantu this season.
Olimpia Milano vs Cantu Game 3 Prediction: Olimpia Milano -3.5 (-112)
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Italian Lega A Olimpia Milano vs Cantu Game 3 Spread and Prediction