Zalgiris Kaunas vs Unics Kazan
Date: 22nd December 2016
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
A bottom end of the table game will be played on Thursday evening, as Zalgiris Kaunas will take on Unics Kazan at the Zalgirio Arena.
The 2016-17 Euroleague season hasn’t been too kind too Zalgiris so far, as the Lithuanian club is barely holding a 5-8 record at the moment. They started the campaign pretty bad for Zalgiris, as they managed to win just one of the opening six games. They’ve managed to improve a bit since then, as they 3-3 over the past six matches. Moreover, they were able to get an impressive road win against Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the previous round.
Since the start of the campaign, it was evident that Unics would not go very far in the tournament. After 13 rounds, the club has just four wins and nine losses. They did manage to get a win in their last match, but it was against an even worse team – Galatasaray. The game on Thursday will be a lot tougher for Unics though, as it will be on the read and against a better team.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Unics Kazan: Head to head stats
Zalgiris Kaunas and Unics Kazan have met twice in the Euroleague so far and each clubs won its home game.
Zalgiris Kaunas are 3-3 at home since the start of the current season.
Unics Kazan are just 1-5 when playing as visitors.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Unics Kazan: Prediction
Zalgiris Kaunas and Unics Kazan have performed pretty similarly since the start of the current season and on Thursday it’s going to be a hard battle for the win. Moreover, statistically both team have posted almost the same numbers on both offense (81.5 ppg vs 79.4 ppg) and defense (82.8 ppg vs 82.4 ppg). The only notable difference is that Zalgiris is a better assisting team, as they average 3.3 dishes more per game.
Despite their similarities, Zalgiris should be given the label favorites to win, as they have performed pretty decently at home so far, while Unics are undoubtedly a pretty bad road team. The biggest threat to Zalgiris will be Keith Langford who has averaged 23.8 points per game so far, but the hosts should be able to contain him. At the moment Langford is listed as questionable for the match in Kaunas after he also missed the previous match against Galatasaray.
In the end expect a win for Zalgiris Kaunas, even though it could be one with a small margin.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Unics Kazan: Tips
- Zalgiris-5 at 1.85
- Over 160.5 at 1.85