Unicaja Malaga vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Competition : Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date : 14/11/2017
Time : 20:45 CET
Unicaja Malaga played a really strong match at home against Crvena Zvezda last week, whom they easily defeated by 79:65. They were really strong in the first quarter (22:12), and were overall superior than their opponents throughout the whole match. Moreover, Unicaja Malaga dominated almost every statistical category, as they cruised towards a well-deserved win. The fact that the top 4 scorers in that match where Unicaja Malaga players is indicative of the strong performance they had, while only 3 Crvena Zvezda players scored in double-digits. Despite the good result, Unicaja Malaga suffered a tough loss on the road against Gipuzkoa by 71:63 in the ACB. As far as the Euroleague is concerned, Unicaja Malaga are now sitting at the 10th spot of the league table (W3 L3), scoring 71.6 points per match, against 76.16 conceded.
On the other hand we have Zalgiris Kaunas, who are coming off a string of really good performances in all competitions, having won 3 in a row. I knew that they would stay competitive in their previous Euroleague match against Armani Milano on the road, but I never would imagine that they would blast them with 32 points (62:94). Armani Milano only stayed competitive for the first quarter, but Zalgiris Kaunas easily subdued their opponents in the rest of the match. Even though the top scorer was Jankunas with just 13 points, Zalgiris Kaunas found production from pretty much all their players, in what was a beautiful team effort. After that they also recorded an equally strong win in their domestic LKL (51:80). As far as the Euroleague is concerned, Zalgiris Kaunas are currently sitting at the 8th spot of the league table (W3 L3), scoring an average of 81.16 points per match, against 79.83 conceded.
Previous 5 games:
Gipuzkoa vs Unicaja Malaga 71:63
Unicaja Malaga vs Crvena Zvezda 79:65
Unicaja Malaga vs Baskonia 72:73
Anadolu Efes vs Unicaja Malaga 74:79
Unicaja Malaga vs Estudiantes 89:70
Siauliai vs Zalgiris Kaunas 51:80
Armani Milano vs Zalgiris Kaunas 62:94
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Neptunas 88:62
CSKA Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas 94:91
CSKA Moscow vs Riga 94:69
Unicaja Malaga vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head-to-Head Stats
Zalgiris Kaunas have been dominant in this match-up over the years (W8 L4), but results in this venue have been pretty balanced, with each team having won 3 times. Moreover, Zalgiris Kaunas won both matches against Unicaja Malaga last season, by 75:63 at home, before a 67:83 in this venue.
Unicaja Malaga vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
Unicaja Malaga might have recorded a really nice win against Crvena Zvezda in their previous match, but Zalgiris Kaunas are a totally different beast. Even though the two teams have the same record so far, Zalgiris Kaunas have been better in all aspects, and they also have a great history in this match-up.
Unicaja Malaga vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Betting Tips
Unicaja Malaga are the big favorites here with their win @ 1.50, but this is a much more difficult match than the odds suggest. I will gladly take the +7.5 points for the visitors @ 1.57 here, while I wouldn’t be surprised if they won in this venue.
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