Barcelona vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 24 October 2017
Time: 21:00 CET
Barcelona have had a great start of the season, but after an unexpected away loss to Crvena Zvezda in the Euroleague last Friday (90:82), two days after they’ve lost to Estudiantes at Madrid in the ACB league as well (80:70), with the poor 4th quarter leading them to another loss. Now they’re facing Zalgiris in their Blaugrana, in a 3rd game in only 6 days, and they are certainly under pressure to win and come back to the right track. The season is still young, and with 4-1 record in the domestic league and 1-1 in the Euroleague, a win in this game would mean a lot to them.
Zalgiris is coming to Barcelona after an easy home win over Vytautas (97:54) on Sunday, reaching 7-1 record in the domestic LKL league. Two day before, they’ve suffered a loss in Moscow to Khimki (85:77) in the 2nd round of Euroleague. Holding a 1-1 record in this competition, they must be hoping to surprise the hosts and reach the top half of the table. With several newcomers this season, the team is looking good at the moment, but still has some reserves as the new guys need some time to blend in.
Previous five games:
Estudiantes vs Barcelona 80 : 70
Crvena zvezda vs Barcelona 90 : 82
Barcelona vs Obradoiro CAB 102 : 58
Barcelona vs Panathinaikos 98 : 71
Barcelona vs San Pablo Burgos 111 : 81
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Vytautas 97 : 54
Khimki Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas 85 : 77
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Siauliai 85 : 67
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Crvena zvezda 78 : 76
Lietuvos Rytas vs Zalgiris Kaunas 67 : 70
The 4th round of the Euroleague is scheduled for Thursday already, with Barcelona traveling to Milano to meet Olimpia, while Zalgiris is welcoming Real Madrid.
Barcelona vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to Head Stats
Except for the last game in February that Zalgiris won in Kaunas (89:85), the Spanish side was way more successful throughout the history. Last game in Barcelona ended 92:86 for the hosts.
Barcelona vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
Barcelona is a huge favorite here, since they’re playing in front of their fans and under pressure after two losses, one in each competition. Another thing expected is a large number of points.
Barcelona vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Betting Tips
Since a simple win for Barcelona is only @1.19, I’m attracted to an alternative point spread such as -6.5 (@1.55), meaning the hosts will win by 7 or more points. Also, at the total points margin of 161.5, I expect these two teams to go OVER (@1.90).
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