Zalgiris Kaunas vs Baskonia
Competition : Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date : 16 November 2017
Time : 19:00 CET
Zalgiris Kaunas not only remained competitive just like I expected them to, but they went on to defeat Unicaja Malaga on the road by 83:85. They were actually pretty stronger in each of the first 3 quarters, but Unicaja Malaga outscored them by 24:13 in the final quarter, sending the match to overtime. Zalgiris Kaunas kept their composure during the extra 5 minutes, and eventually grabbed a really strong win. They had Pangos in a really strong night, who scored 21 points with 5/7 three-pointers, while Milaknis (13p, 3r, 2as, 2st), White and Ulanovas each contributed towards that win. Zalgiris Kaunas are now sitting at the 7th spot of the Euroleague (W4 L3), scoring an average of 79.85 points per match, while conceding just 78.71.
On the other hand, Baskonia really took off in their last match against Real Madrid on Tuesday, as they managed to subdue their opponents by 105:75 at home. Baskonia were dominant in the first quarter, outscoring their opponents by 36:17. Their work was pretty easy after that, as Real Madrid scored fewer points in each of the next 3 quarters, as Baskonia steadily increased their lead. It was a beautiful team effort from Baskonia, as they found production from all their players, as Baubois, Huertas, Granger, Janning and Timma scored double-digits, while Poirier, McRae, Malmanis, Diop and Shengelia scored between 7 and 8 points with a lot of peripheral stats. Baskonia have really climbed out of their hole, as they have now won 4 of their last 5 matches in all competitions, losing only to Khimki Moscow by 91:90. They are still sitting in the penultimate spot of the Euroleague though (W2 L5), scoring an average of 78.14 points per match, against 79.57 conceded.
Previous five games:
Unicaja Malaga vs Zalgiris Kaunas 83:85
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
Baskonia vs Real Madrid 105:75
Baskonia vs Joventut Badalona 87:77
Khimki Moscow vs Baskonia 91:90
Unicaja Malaga vs Baskonia 72:73
Baskonia vs Panathinaikos 85:84
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Baskonia: Head to Head Stats
Zalgiris Kaunas won both matches against Baskonia last season, by 78:73 in this venue, before a 79:84 in Spain. However, Baskonia won both matches in the 2015-16 season, by 68:89 in this venue, before a 71:65 in Spain. Zalgiris Kaunas just slightly have the upper hand in this match-up over the years (W10 L9), and have been great as hosts too (W6 L3).
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Baskonia: Prediction
Both teams have been in really good forma lately, but Baskonia have been terrible on the road so far in the season, and I am not sure if they can win this one. They have only won a single one of their eight road matches in all competitions so far, but all 7 losses were by small deficits.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Baskonia: Betting Tips
While a home win might be in the books here, Baskonia have shown that they can be really competitive on the road, even in their losses. They might be able to defend a +4.5 point handicap here @ 1.60, while the Over 153.5 points @ 1.55 might be something to look at, as both teams have scored a lot lately.
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