Zalgiris Kaunas vs Unicaja Malaga
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 12 January 2018
Time : 19:00 CET
Zalgiris Kaunas failed to take anything positive from their trip to Serbia, where they fell by 77:65 against Crvena Zvezda. They were actually up by two points at the end of the first quarter, but they were outplayed in each of the next three. That was their first loss after seven consecutive wins in all competitions, and came after five consecutive wins in the Euroleague. Pangos tried his best with 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Jankunas, White and Ulanovas also tried really hard. They are now sitting at the 6th spot of the Euroleague (W10 L6), scoring an average of 79.31 points per affair, while allowing 79.18 in the process. However, they have been much better at home, where they have won five and have lost just two.
On the other hand, Unicaja Malaga suffered a really unexpected loss at home last week, when they fell by 83:85 against Valencia. They were doing a great job in the first half, where they were up by 48:39, but they seriously sucked in the second half, and ended up losing to one of the worst teams in the Euroleague. Despite having defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv, Barcelona and Khimki Moscow in their previous three, they went on to fall against Valencia. Nedovic exploded with 23 points amd little else, while McCallum was the only player to score double digits. Despite the tough loss, Unicaja Malaga have won five of their last seven matches in all competitions. As far as the Euroleague is concerned, Unicaja Malaga are sitting at the 10th spot of the league table (W7 L9), with an average of 79.31 points per match, against 79.87 conceded.
Previous 5 games:
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Nevezis 94:68
Crvena Zvezda vs Zalgiris Kaunas 77:65
Juventus vs Zalgiris Kaunas 74:78
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus 74:68
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Alytaus Dzukija 72:60
Unicaja Malaga vs Xacobeo 96:76
Unicaja Malaga vs Valencia 83:85
Unicaja Malaga vs Valencia 74:67
Bilbao vs Unicaja Malaga 70:67
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Unicaja Malga 78:89
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Unicaja Malaga: Head to Head Stats
The two teams were stuck at a 72:72 draw in Spain back in November 14th, where Zalgiris Kaunas eventually won by 83:85 in the overtime. Moreover, they won both matches against Zalgiris Kaunas last season, and have actually lost just once in this venue (W5 L1).
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Unicaja Malaga: Prediction
Zalgiris Kaunas do not have a very productive offense, and they usually rely on their defense to win games. If they can handle Unicaja Malaga’s offense, they can keep the score to a minimum, and they will have a better chance to win this.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Unicaja Malaga: Betting Tips
The home team is actually really strong at home, while Unicaja have struggled a lot on the road. Zalgiris -5 sits at 1.75 and it seems like a reasonable bet. I will also take the Under 155.5 points here, hoping that Zalgiris Kaunas will play good defense.
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