Baskonia vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 15 March 2018
Time: 20:45 CET
Baskonia are coming off a really strong performance on the road against Spanish rivals Valencia last week, whom they defeated by 71:81. Baskonia actually struggled a little bit at the first half, where they were down by five points by the half time break. However, they quickly snapped out of it, as they made their comeback at the third quarter, and eventually overturned the lead in their favor at the final quarter for the final 71:81. Huertas was sensational in just 22 minutes of action, scoring 19 points with 7 assists and 80% on his field goals. Voigtmann was also great with 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Poirier posted a nice double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Baskonia have now won four in a row, and look really determined to be among the 8 best teams. They are currently sitting at the 9th spot of the Euroleague (W12 L13), just a single win behind the playoffs. They score an average of 82.08 points per match, against 80.16 conceded.
On the other hand we have Zalgiris Kaunas, who despite their strong presence at home, fell by 78:8 against the visiting Fenerbahce last week. They were actually up by 9 points by the end of the first half, but their opponents launched an all-out attack at the fourth quarter. They outscored the Lithuanians by 20:33 and eventually won the match. Jankunas scored 15 points with 5 rebounds, while Pangos scored 14 with 4 assists. Micic and Davies also scored in double digits, but that was it for Zalgiris Kaunas. Despite the loss, Zalgiris Kaunas have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions. They are now sitting at the 5th spot of the Euroleague (W12 L13), with an average of 81.2 points per match, while conceding 79.96 in the process. Beno Udrih is still considered as questionable to participate.
Previous 5 games:
Joventut Badalona vs Baskonia 61:75
Valencia vs Baskonia 71:81
Zaragoza vs Baskonia 74:98
Baskonia vs Khimki Moscow 87:77
CSKA Moscow vs Baskonia 93:86
Nevezis vs Zalgiris Kaunas 73:79
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce 78:85
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Alytaus Dzukija 72:63
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Barcelona 90:74
Anadolu Efes vs Zalgiris Kaunas 70:86
Baskonia vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to Head Stats
Baskonia destroyed Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania back in November 16th, dropping 20 points in that 77:97 win. However, it is Zalgiris Kaunas who just slightly have the upper hand in this match-up (W10 L9).
Baskonia vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
Baskonia have a much better motive to take a win here, as they are looking to climb inside the playoff spots. Zalgiris Kaunas also need a win here in order to avoid any mishaps later on, and this is surely going to be a very close match between the two.
Baskonia vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Betting Tips
Even though Baskonia might eventually win, I doubt if they can do so by more than 5 points. Zalgiris Kaunas have been excellent lately, and they will surely stay close. I will take the +5.5 points for the visitors here @ 1.83.