CSKA Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Date: 18th November 2016
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
On Friday evening CSKA Moscow will be hosting Zalgiris Kaunas at the Megasport Arena in what will be a match that everyone from the Russian club anticipates. Not because it will be an interesting clash or a huge rivalry, but because for the last 16 years CSKA have always won against the Lithuanian club.
CSKA Moscow started the defense of their Euroleague crown with six wins in a row, which definitely wasn’t something too surprising. However, the reigning champions lost to Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul in the previous round – something that took everyone a bit by surprise. However, CSKA had to lose at some point and on Friday evening they will have the perfect opportunity to bounce back from that loss. If something special doesn’t happen, the Moscow club will be back to its winning ways again.
Zalgiris Kaunas head into Friday’s match against CSKA with their heads high, as they managed to grab their second win of the season after a good performance against Galatasaray Istanbul in the previous round. Nevertheless, the players from the Lithuanian team are surely a bit intimidated from the Moscow club, especially given the history of the matchup. Zalgiris will surely try everything they can on Friday, but it’s hard to see them emerge as winners.
CSKA Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to head stats
CSKA Moscow have absolutely dominated this matchup, as they have won in all 16 times that they have played against Zalgiris.
The teams met twice in the 2015-16 Euroleague season and CSKA won both games with an average margin of 24.5 points.
CSKA Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
The difference between the two clubs could not be more different – CSKA Moscow possess one of the best offensive lineups (90.9ppg) and perform decently on defense (83.4ppg). On the other hand, Zalgiris have a subpar ability to score (78.4ppg) and have just a slightly better defense (82.3ppg).
The only category that Zalgiris have a visible advantage is in terms of offensive rebounding, as the Lithuanian team averages 4 more boards than CSKA. However, that will definitely not be enough for them to mount a serious challenge in Friday. Expect some serious domination by the reigning champions, as they will be eager to get back to their winning ways after suffering the loss from Darussafaka.
Update: Take into consideration that CSKA will play this match without De Colo due to a thigh injury (source).
CSKA Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Tips
- CSKA Moscow -14 at 1.85
- Over 168 at 1.90