Unics Kazan vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Date: 17th March 2017
Kick-off: 17:00 CET
In the first Euroleague game on Friday, Unics Kazan and Zalgiris Kaunas will be going against each other at the Basket Hall Kazan.
It has been a disaster of a season for Unics and there is no doubt that the team from Kazan is looking forward to the end of the 2016-17 Euroleague season. Evgeny Pashutin and his men have suffered eight defeats in a row and are second-to-last in the standings. On Friday they will be hosting Zalgiris, which most likely won’t be the end of their streak of losses, as the Lithuanians are in a pretty fine form at the moment.
After a pretty bad start of the season, Zalgiris Kaunas have managed to turn things around lately, as they have won five of their last seven matches. Thanks to their impressive win over Panathinaikos in the previous round, the Lithuanians maintained their chances of advancing to the playoffs. On Friday, Zalgiris will visit Unics, which should mean that they should continue their good form.
Unics Kazan vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to head stats
For the past 16 years, Unics Kazan and Zalgiris Kaunas have met three times and Unics have won twice.
Unics are 1-0 at home against Zalgiris.
In the previous game between the two clubs earlier this season, Unics won with an 80-88 score.
Unics Kazan vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
In the game between Unics and Zalgiris on Friday, only one of the teams will have something to play for. The hosts are already out of the tournament and their only aim until the end of the regular season will be to not finish last. Zalgiris, though, still have mathematical chances to get into the playoffs and there is no doubt that they will try as hard as possible to get the win.
Statistically, both teams don’t differ so much in most categories. On offense, Unics have averaged 76.8 ppg, compared to 77.6 by Zalgiris. Defensively, there is a bit more difference, as the Lithuanians have allowed opponents to score on average 79.6 ppg, while Unics – 81.3 ppg.
There is no doubt that the game on Friday will be very competitive, as the hosts will try hard to snap their losing streak. However, expect a win for the visitors who definitely have a lot more motivation in them.
Unics Kazan vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Tips
Zalgiris Kazan to win by less than 10 points.