Zalgiris Kaunas vs Anadolu Efes
Competition : Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date : 22 November 2017
Time : 19:00 CET
Zalgiris Kaunas struggled a lot in their own home ground last week, where they suffered a massive 20-point loss against the visiting Baskonia (77:97). We successfully predicted that Baskonia would remain competitive there, and they ended up giving us a nice pay-out on both our bets for that match. Zalgiris Kaunas really struggled, especially in the first half of that match, as they were down by 32:54 in the half time, and were unable to recover. The only players that shined with their performances were Jankunas (game-high 20p), Micic (10p, 8as) and Janning (11p, 1r, 2as). Zalgiris Kaunas are now sitting at the 8th spot of the Euroleaguue (W8 L8), scoring an average of 79.5 points per match, while conceding 81.
On the other hand, Anadolu Efes also suffered a home defeat in their last match, where they lost by a very frustrating 81:82 against Panathinaikos. I feel sorry for Anadolu Efes, but we got both our predictions correct in that match. Panathinaikos took an early 7 point lead in the 1st quarter of that match, and even though Anadolu Efes outscored them in each of the next 3 quarters, they were unable to overturn the result. They even had the final say in the match, but their shot was blocked by Panathinaikos. What if Motum scored a team-high 21 points whit 5 rebounds and 3 triples? What if McCollum (16p), Stimac (15p, 4r) and Dunston (12p, 4r) all played very good? Panathinaikos had Nick Calathes in a spectacular evening, as he only missed the triple-double by a single rebound (29p, 9r, 10as), and pretty much destroyed Anadolu Efes all on his own. The Turks are now sitting at the penultimate spot of the Euroleague (W2 L6), scoring an average of 78.87 points per match, against 82.87 conceded, which is the worst defense in the Euroleague.
Previous 5 games:
Panevezis vs Zalgiris Kaunas 66:70
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Baskonia 77:97
Unicaja Malaga vs Zalgiris Kaunas 83:85
Siauliai vs Zalgiris Kaunas 51:80
Armani Milano vs Zalgiris Kaunas 62:94
Tofas vs Anadolu Efes 80:69
Anadolu Efes vs Panathinaikos 81:82
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Anadolu Efes 72:92
Anadolu Efes vs Yesilgerisun 97:93
Barcelona vs Anadolu Efes 85:89
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Anadolu Efes: Head to Head Stats
The two teams exchanged road wins last season in the Euroleague, with Zalgiris Kaunas winning by 71:84 in Turkey, but they lost by 68:76 in this venue. They have had the upper hand in this match-up over the years (W8 L4), but the two teams have split the wins in each of the last 4 seasons they met in the Euroleague. Moreover, Zalgiris Kaunas have had the upper hand as hosts against Anadolu Efes (W4 L2), but they have lost each of their last two.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Anadolu Efes: Prediction
Zalgiris Kaunas might have suffered a really tough loss against Baskonia in their previous match, but they were up against a hungry Baskonia side, who are boosted by the change in coach. They are now up against a really disappointing Anadolu Efes side, who look stuck in mediocrity this season.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Anadolu Efes: Betting Tips
I will gladly take the home win here @ 1.63, hoping that Zalgiris Kaunas will be able to play solid defense. Anadolu Efes have been really difficult to predict overall, especially when they play on the road, where they have defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv and Barcelona but scored a mere 70 and 71 points respectively in the losses to Fenerbahce and Valencia.
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