In Game 3 of this Italian Basketball League (Lega Basket Serie A) quarterfinal, the defending champions and top-seeded Venezia (23-7), who have a commanding 2-0 lead in the series after winning both home games, are now visiting the eighth-seeded Cremona (15-15), who are with their backs against the wall and will be eliminated with a loss today. The game takes place at the PalaRadi Arena in Cremona on Thursday, May 17th 2018. Italian Lega A Venezia vs Cremona Game 3 Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 05-17-2018, 14:30 EDT
Spread: Cremona +1.5
Cremona had a 15-15 record in the regular season and were tied with two more teams in the 8th place of the league table, but clinched it themselves by winning both tie-breakers. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Venezia in game 2 with a 108-76 score. They are led in scoring by Darius Johnson-Odom with 18.7 ppg, adding 3 boards and 3.3 dimes per game. He is followed by Kelvin Martin with 13.4 ppg and 5.6 boards, while Henry Sims adds 11.5 ppg and a team-best 6.5 boards per game.
Venezia had a 23-7 record in the regular season and finished on top of the league table. They have won six of their last seven matches and in their last game they won at home against Cremona in game 2 with a 108-76 score. They are led in scoring by Gediminas Odelik with 14.9 ppg, adding 4.8 boards per game. He is followed by Austin Daye with 12 ppg and a team-best 6.1 boards per game, while Hrvoje Peric adds 11.7 ppg and 5.3 boards per game.
Venezia have won all four meetings against Cremona so far this season having won a close game in Cremona with an 83-85 score. Cremona are 11-4 at home, while Venezia are the best road team in the league with 11-4. Cremona have the third-best offense in the league with 84.6 ppg to Venezia’s 83.6, while Venezia have a better defense, allowing 78.7 ppg to Cremona’s 84.1. Venezia have a better accuracy from the field with 47.4% to Cremona’s 46.3%, while Cremona have a better accuracy from behind the arc with 37.3% to Venezia’s 36.7%. Venezia grab more rebounds (32.4 to 31.6), dish more assists (18.7 to 15.4) and commit fewer turnovers (11.9 to 13.1). Vegas odds give Venezia a -1.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as there will be another close game like the first one in Cremona.
Venezia vs Cremona Game 3 Prediction: Cremona +1.5 (-110)
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Italian Lega A Venezia vs Cremona Game 3 Spread and Prediction