Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Date: 20th December 2016
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
On Tuesday evening Anadolu Efes Istanbul will be hosting Zalgiris Kaunas at the Abdi Apekci Arena in what will be the second match of the Euroleague’s Round 13.
Anadolu Efes have been looking really well lately, as they have six out of their last nine matches. The team from Istanbul did lose against Brose Bamberg in the previous round, but it should be noted that the game was played in Germany. At home, Efes have not lost in their last four matches, and their only defeat since the start of season as hosts has been from CSKA Moscow. Such a record is definitely impressive and it’s quite likely it will be even better after Tuesday evening.
After a dreadful start to the tournament and just one win and six games, Zalgiris have managed to slightly improve as since then they have managed to grab three victories in six tries. However, they suffered losses in the last two rounds, as they couldn’t managed to beat Real Madrid and Olympiacos Piraeus. Zalgiris will surely try hard to snap their two game losing streak, but that task will be close to impossible on Tuesday.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to head stats
Zalgiris have the historical edge in this matchup, as in the eight games they have played against Anadolu Efes Istanbul, they have five wins.
Anadolu Efes are 2-2 at home against Zalgiris Kaunas.
The last time the clubs met each other was during the 2014-15 regular season an each team won its away game.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
The clear favorites heading into Tuesday’s clash are Anadolu Efes Istanbul, as they have been playing more than solid at home since the beginning of the season, while Zalgiris have faltered quite often as visitors.
Statistically speaking, both clubs have their respective strengths. Anadolu Efes are quite powerful offensively, as they average 85.8 points per game compared to Zalgiris’ 81.3. However, the latter have performed slightly better defensively, as they have allowed 83.8 points per game, while Istanbul 86.4. The hosts have had some difficulties when it comes to defending the three point line (40.6% of their opponents attempts have went in), but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem on Tuesday, as Zalgiris are far from being a team with good long-range shooting(37.4%).
All in all, expect a comfortable win for the hosts in what will most likely be a high-scoring match.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Tips
- Over 167.5 at 1.90