Anadolu Efes vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 17 October 2018
Time: 18:00 CET
Anadolu Efes made a pretty dominant start in the new season of the Euroleague, as they destroyed German side Bayern Munich by 71:90 on the road. They actually struggled a little bit in the first quarter, but quickly took control of the match. They were dominant in the second and third quarter, where they did all their damage. Bayern Munich were unable to overturn the result in their favor, as Anadolu Efes were really great overall. Motum scored 14 with 4 boards, Larkin had 13 with 5 assists, while Anderson, Pleiss and Moerman scored double digits. Balbay scored 9 with 7 rebounds, and pretty much everyone that participated chipped in some stats.
On the other hand, Zalgiris Kaunas suffered an ugly defeat in the premiere, when they lost to Baskonia by 79:87 at home. Zalgiris Kaunas made a pretty strong start in that match, but their opponents played massive defense in the second and third quarter. Zalgiris Kaunas scored a combined 29 points in that span, and the game was already lost by that point. Wolters tried really hard with a game-high 19 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds, but only Milaknis backed him up on the scoring with double-digits (12p). The shots were pretty evenly split among the rest of the roster, with all the other seven players scoring between six and nine points each. Rumor has it Jasikevičius had a very long talk with his players that lasted until midnight before leaving to Turkey. What effect will that have remains to be seen.
Previous 5 games:
Anadolu Efes vs Darussafaka 75:72
Bayern Munich vs Anadolu Efes 71:90
Galatasaray vs Anadolu Efes 70:73
Fenerbahce vs Anadolu Efes 62:65
CSKA Moscow vs Anadolu Efes 87:83
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Neptunas 60:75
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Baskonia 79:87
Rytas vs Zalgiris Kaunas 69:76
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Nevezis 81:68
Juventus vs Zalgiris Kaunas 80:87
Anadolu Efes vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to Head Stats
Zalgiris Kaunas defeated Anadolu Efes by 79:83 in a friendly match in early September, and last season they actually won both matches in the Euroleague. After a 91:83 at home, they won much easier on the road , by 70:86. They odd thing about this match-up is that the visitors, whoever they were, won six of the last seven.
Anadolu Efes vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
Anadolu Efes have been pretty solid so far in the season, while Zalgiris Kaunas are coming off a couple of bad results and have struggled a bit. Anadolu Efes will surely want to take revenge for last season and put an end to their losing skid against Zalgiris Kaunas.
Anadolu Efes vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Betting Tips
I will take the home team to cover the -5.5 spread here @1.90. They have been much better overall and have a great chance to record a comfortable win here. Zalgiris Kaunas are not very offensive this season, and we just might see a low-scoring match too. The Under 161.5 points could also be something to look at here.