Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Date: 27th January 2016
Kick-off: 18:45 CET
On Friday evening, Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul will be hosting Zalgiris Kaunas in a game that could be pivotal for David Blatt’s men.
Darussafaka Dogus are currently barely clinching to the eight spot in the regular standings, as they have a 10-9 record. The team led by David Blatt lost to Anadolu Efes in the previous round and if they don’t manage to bounce back on Friday, their problems could get quite serious. Darussafaka Dogus will be playing against Zalgiris Kaunas on the 27th and a victory shouldn’t be too hard of a task for them, but the Lithuanians will be full of confidence after their win against CSKA.
Zalgiris managed to produce the biggest shock of the previous round, as they managed to defeat CSKA Moscow after many years of unsuccessful attempts. Moreover, the victory for them came after a streak of three consecutive losses, which made it even more impressive. Zalgiris will have another hard game on Friday, as this time they will be visiting Darussafaka Dogus.
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to head stats
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul and Zalgiris Kaunas have played against each other just once and this was earlier this season.
Darussafaka Dogus won that game with an 80-83 score.
Darussafaka Dogus have won 4 straight at home. Zalgiris Kaunas are 3-2 in their last 5 games as visitors.
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
The game between Darussafaka Dogus and Zalgiris on Friday evening will be quite an interesting one, as the hosts have performed admirably at home lately, while the visitors have shown solid form on the road. Moreover, the pressure will be more on the team from Istanbul, as they will have something to lose, while the Lithuanians are almost certainly out of playoff contention and will have no burden on their shoulders.
Statistically, Darussafaka Dogus have performed slightly better, but not by a huge margin. The hosts have averaged 79.6 points per game offensively, compared to 78.7 by Zalgiris. Defensively, Darussafaka Dogus have been allowing 79.6 ppg, 1.8 ppg less than the Lithuanians.
In the end expect a win for Darussafaka.
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Tips
- Darussafaka-6.5 @ 1.90