Zalgiris Kaunas vs CSKA Moscow
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 30 March 2018
Time: 19:00 CET
Zalgiris Kaunas were engaged in a really passionate match against Real Madrid last week, but they were subdued in the second half to eventually lose by 88:81 on the road. They were actually up by three points at the end of the first half, but they were easily outscored in the second half, and couldn’t avoid the loss. Jankunas scored a game-high 21 points with 4 rebounds, Milaknis scored 14 with 4 rebounds, and Pangos scored 12 with 4 assists and rebounds. Zalgiris Kaunas are now sitting at the 7th spot of the Euroleague (W16 L12), just one win ahead of Baskonia, but with just as many wins as Khimki Moscow (who have played one more match). Both teams are just one win behind Panathinaikos and Real Madrid. This is going to be a really tough battle between these five teams, and anything can happen regarding the final placement. Zalgiris Kaunas will only be missing White in this match.
On the other hand, CSKA Moscow continued their dominant performances this season, when they destroyed fellow Russians Khimki Moscow by 73:90 on the road. CSKA Moscow took an early twelve point lead at the end of the first quarter, and were much better overall. They had numerous players that performed greatly in the match, led by Shved who scored 17 points with 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Hunter scored 16 with 7 rebounds, Westermann had 14, Rodriguez has 12 with 8 assists and Higgins have 11 with 5 assists and rebounds. CSKA Moscow have now won eleven in a row in all competitions, and they don’t look like they are slowing down. They have already capped the top spot of the Euroleague (W23 L5), featuring by far the best offense with 89.64 points per match, while also featuring the fifth best defense with 78.96 conceded. CSKA Moscow will come in to this match with a single injury concern, as Kulagin is being listed as questionable to participate.
Previous 5 games:
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Panevezis 85:72
Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas 88:81
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olimpia Milano 77:65
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Siauliai 69:58
Baskonia vs Real Madrid 84:64
CSKA Moscow vs Enisey 108:73
Khimki Moscow vs CSKA Moscow 73:90
CSKA Moscow vs Olympiacos Piraeus 89:81
Fenerbahce vs CSKA Moscow 79:81
Riga vs CSKA Moscow 83:102
Zalgiris Kaunas vs CSKA Moscow: Head to Head Stats
CSKA Moscow had a really tough job when they hosted Zalgiris Kaunas earlier in the season, but they managed to win at home by 94:91. They have been really good in this match-up lately, having won seven of the last eight against Zalgiris Kaunas, and five of the last seven in this venue.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction
Zalgiris Kaunas will surely try to win this match in order to get a better placement, but CSKA Moscow will also try to defeat Zalgiris Kaunas in an attempt to drop them at the 8th spot and meet them in the playoffs. This will be very exciting to watch.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs CSKA Moscow: Betting Tips
CSKA Moscow will surely want to avoid playing against Baskonia who are now 8th. If they can win here, there is a good chance that they will avoid Baskonia, so I expect them to play like they always do. I will take the -5.5 points for the Russians here @ 1.85.
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