Zalgiris Kaunas vs FC Barcelona
Date: 2nd February 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
On Thursday evening, two of the teams desperate for wins will meet, as Zalgiris Kaunas are to host FC Barcelona.
Thanks to their two wins in a row and victory over Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul in the previous round, Zalgiris have managed to put themselves in a fight for the last playoff spot. Their record is 8-12 and they will have play absolutely brilliant until the end of the regular season if they are to stand any chances of grabbing that eighth place in the standings. Zalgiris will have a pretty good chance of extending their streak on Thursday, as they will host Barcelona.
It has been a long and hard Euroleague season for Barcelona, as the Catalonians simply have not been able to find a good rhythm this season. They have emerged losers in four of their last five games and this has led to the club seeing its playoff chances almost disappear. It’s not impossible for Barcelona to actually qualify for the next phase of the tournament, but they will have to start playing a lot better pretty soon.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs FC Barcelona: Head to head stats
For the past 16 years, Zalgiris Kaunas and FC Barcelona have met 21 times and the Catalonians have emerged winners in 19 of those games.
Zalgiris are 0-10 against Barcelona at home.
In the previous game between the two clubs this season, Barcelona won with a 92-86 score.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs FC Barcelona: Prediction
The game on Thursday between Zalgiris and Barcelona will be a really interesting one, as neither team really stands out with something. The hosts have a pretty measly historical record against the Catalonians, but that will simply serve to them as another reason to give their best.
Neither squad has been able to put remarkably good numbers this season. The only decent statistic is Barcelona’s defense, as the Catalonians have allowed on average just 75.7 points per game. However, they have been absolutely disastrous in terms of scoring, averaging only 72.4 ppg. Zalgiris have posted 80.7 ppg and 78.2 ppg in those categories respectively.
Expect Zalgiris to try and score a lot this game and attempt to run a faster pace in order to isolate Barcelona’s bigs.
Overall, a Zalgiris win by not more than 10 points is the most probable outcome on Thursday evening.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs FC Barcelona: Tips
- Zalgiris wins @ 1,90