Crvena Zvezda vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 5 January 2018
Time: 19:00 CET
Crvena Zvezda are going through a really good period of form, and last week they proved just that when they defeated Armani Milano by 88:91 on the road. They showed their intentions from the first quarter (15:29), and even though they struggled in the second and third quarters, they managed to hold on to their lead. Feldein scored a team-high 19 points, while Bjelica scored 18 with 7 rebounds and three triples. They really needed that win, as prior to that they had lost back to back matches to Fenerbahce and Panathinaikos. Crvena Zvezda are now sitting at the 11th spot of the Euroleague (W6 L9), scoring an average of 76.46 points per match, while conceding 81.53 in the process.
On the other hand, Zalgiris Kaunas are coming off their fifth consecutive win in the Euroleague, when they defended their home ground against the visiting Olympiacos Piraeus (74:68). They ahve now won seven in a row in all competitions. Zalgiris Kaunas destroyed their opponents in the fourth quarter (26:15) to extend their strong winning streak. Pangos and Milaknis both scored 14 points, while Jankunas and Micic also chipped in double digits. Zalgiris Kaunas are now sitting at the 4th spot of the Euroleague (W10 L5), with an average of 80.26 points per match, against 79.33 conceded.
Previous 5 games:
Crvena Zvezda vs Petrol Olimpija 80:76
Armani Milano vs Crvena Zvezda 88:91
Mega Leks vs Crvena Zvezda 85:90
Crvena Zvezda vs Panathinaikos 63:69
Fenerbahce vs Crvena Zvezda 82:56
Utenos Juventus vs Zalgiris Kaunas 74:78
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus 74:68
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Alytaus Dzukija 72:60
Valencia vs Zalgiris Kaunas 63:71
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Brose Bamberg 88:84
Crvena Zvezda vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to Head Stats
Zalgiris Kaunas managed to win by a slim 78:76 at home on October 13th, while the two teams exchanged road wins last season. Zalgiris Kaunas had won by 79:88 in Serbia, before falling by a harsh 61:77 in Lithuania.
Crvena Zvezda vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
This is most likely going to be a tight game between the two teams, and whoever wins, probably won’t do so by much. Crvena Zvezda are always strong at home, but Zalgiris Kaunas have been in great form lately.
Crvena Zvezda vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Betting Tips
Crvena Zvezda must play solid defense if they want to take this one. If the match goes wild, Zalgiris Kaunas have shown that they are better scorers than the Serbians. In that case, I will go with the Under 158.5 points here @ 1.75.
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