Valencia vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 21 December 2017
Time : 20:45 CET
Valencia were engaged in a really nervous match against Real Madrid on Tuesday, that featured the ejection of Luka Doncic for a flagrant foul on Pleiss. However, Valencia failed to take advantage of that, as they were destroyed in the second half, and eventually fell by 91:72 on the road. Dubljevic scored a game-high 18 points, to go along with 5 steals, 3 assists and 3 rebounds, while Green (13p), San Emeterio (11p, 3as, 4r) and Martinez (10p) made efforts, but couldn’t compete. It is more than clear that there is something wrong with Valencia lately, as they have lost nine of their last eleven matches in all competitions. Following that loss, Valencia have now fallen to the bottom spot of the Euroleague (W3 L10), scoring just 76.00 points per match, while conceding 78.76 in the process.
On the other hand, Zalgiris Kaunas encountered quite a resistance against Brose Bamberg on Tuesday, but they still managed to record a slim 88:84 win at home. The two teams were tied at the end of the third quarter, as Zalgiris Kaunas finally woke up in the last 10 minutes and recorded the win. Milaknis was really strong with 20 points on 6/9 triples, while Jankunas scored 17 points with 5 rebounds. Kavaliauskas (15p), Pangos (11p, 6as, 4r, 2st) and White (9p, 3r) were also in great shape. Zalgiris Kaunas have been in really strong form lately, having won five of their last six matches in all competitions. They have slowly reached the 5th spot of the Euroleague (W8 L5), scoring just as many points as they concede (81.46).
Previous 5 games:
Real Madrid vs Valencia 91:72
Valencia vs Gipuzkoa 86:64
Valencia vs Crvena Zvezda 82:86
Estudiantes vs Valencia 73:71
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Valencia 94:91
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Brose Bamberg 88:84
Prienai vs Zalgiris Kaunas 70:89
Fenerbahce vs Zalgiris Kaunas 89:90
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Lietuvos Rytas 63:65
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Panathinaikos 80:74
Valencia vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to Head Stats
The last time these two met was in the 2010-11 season, where Valencia won both matches. After a comfortable 73:59 in this venue, they went on to double their wins with a slim 74:80 in Lithuania. All in all, Valencia have won all four matches against Zalgiris Kaunas over the years.
Valencia vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
The two teams are in exactly opposite forms, with Valencia having won just two matches in the last month, while Zalgiris Kaunas have won seven of their nine matches in that span. So the 1.55 on the home win is not really something to follow, even in Valencia wake up here.
Valencia vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Betting Tips
Valencia will eventually stop being that terrible, but I just can’t back them up at such low prices. Zalgiris Kaunas have been really stable lately, and the +4.5 points @ 1.83 is surely something to think about here.