Anadolu Efes vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 23 February 2018
Time: 18:30 CET
Anadolu Efes might be having a really tough season in the Euroleague, but they are coming into this match after capturing the Turkish Cup. That was their fourth consecutive win in all competitions (all domestic), and they will try to bring that momentum here. In their last match for the Euroleague, Anadolu Efes suffered a tough loss on the road against Unicaja Malaga, where they fell by 81:68. They looked pretty hipless in the first half, where they were down by 40:28. They were never able to recover, despite their efforts in the third quarter. McCollum scored a team-high 16 points with 3 rebounds and 3 assists, while Dragic scored 12 with 3 assists and 3 steals. However, Zoran Dragic is expected to miss for an extended period due to a knee injury. Anadolu Efes are still stuck at the bottom of the Euroleague (W6 L16), scoring 77.63 points per match, while allowing 83.04 in the process, which is the third worst defense.
On the other hand, Zalgiris Kaunas actually made a great start in their most recent Euroleague match against Khimki Moscow, as they outscored their opponents by 26:15 in the first quarter. However, their opponents were really strong throughout the rest of the match, as they scored more points than Zalgiris Kaunas in all three quarters to eventually win by 74:84. Davies scored 15 in that match, with 5 rebounds, while Toupane (13p), Pangos (13p, 6as) and Jankunas (12p, 4r) also contributed. Despite the tough loss, it was just their second in their last eight matches in all competitions, as Zalgiris Kaunas are now coming off three consecutive wins in their domestic league. They are now sitting at the 6th spot of the Euroleague (W13 L9), scoring an average of 80.27 points per match, while allowing 80.45 in the process. They will be missing Udrih on this one who is going through an illness.
Previous 5 games:
Anadolu Efes vs Tofas 78:61
Anadolu Efes vs Darusafaka 90:76
Fenerbahce vs Anadolu Efes 80:83
Anadolu Efes vs Eskisehir 89:77
Unicaja Malaga vs Anadolu Efes 81:68
Lietuvos Ritas vs Zalgiris Kaunas 62:81
Zalgiris Kanuas vs Panevezis 88:74
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Shiauliai 85:78
Lietuvos Ritas vs Zalgiris Kaunas 75:68
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Khimki Moscow 74:84
Anadolu Efes vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to Head Stats
Zalgirs Kaunas managed to overcome the visiting Anadolu Efes earlier in the season, defeating t hem by 91:83 at home. However, the two teams exchanged road wins in the previous two seasons they met, following two seasons of home wins. Zalgiris Kaunas have been great in this venue over the years, having won in four of their six trips.
Anadolu Efes vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
Anadolu Efes are traditionally strong at home, where they have won nine of their last ten matches in all competitions. However, they have only won two of the six matches when hosting Zalgiris Kaunas, with the Lithuanian team having not won any of their last three road matches in the competition.
Anadolu Efes vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Betting Tips
Zalgiris Kaunas have better reasons to want his win, as they are barely clinging inside the playoffs as it is. They have been great in this venue, and their win @ 1.80 is surely something to consider. Judging by how the two have scored in the Euroleague lately, the Over 158.5 points @ 1.83 is also a good option.