CSKA Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 20 May 2018
Time: 17:00 CET
CSKA Moscow fell hard against Real Madrid on Friday, and even though they were up by 10 points at the end of the first quarter, they ended up losing. Real Madrid had already overturned the lead in their favor by the end of the first half, and went on to outscore the Russians throughout the rest of the match. Oddly enough, the battle was not lost inside the paint like we expected, as CSKA Moscow’s worst enemy was their own terrible shooting. De Colo did score 20 points but with 5/15, Clyburn score4d 16 points with 7 rebounds and 5/17 field goals, with Hines and Higgins also scoring double digits. However, Real Madrid were simply better in every aspect of the game, and there was no room for doubt as to who deserved to be in the final.
On the other hand, Zalgiris Kaunas knew that their only chance to defeat Fenerbahce was to get their shots to fall. The team with the best threepoint percentage in the regular season was actually terrible on Friday, as they scored just two of their ten attempts from beyond the arc. Fenerbahce played suffocating defense throughout the whole match, as Zalgiris Kaunas barely outscored them only in the third quarter by 15:17. They fought till the end but were eventually defeated by 76:67, and it was only natural with just three playes scoring more than 10 points in the match. Pangos tried to carry his team with 16 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds but also 5 turnovers, Davies posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and White scored 10 more points, but the Lithuanians got little to no help from their bench in that match.
Previous 5 games:
CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid 83:92
Parma Perm vs CSKA Moscow 76:111
CSKA Moscow vs Zenit St. Petersburg 100:84
Khimki Moscow vs CSKA Moscow 88:89
Khimki Moscow vs CSKA Moscow 79:73
Fenerbahce vs Zalgiris Kaunas 76:67
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Nevezis 95:70
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Prienai 109:52
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Juventus 82:56
Pieno vs Zalgiris Kaunas 76:85
CSKA Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to Head Stats
The two teams exchanged home wins during the regular season, but Zalgiris Kaunas won much easier at home (85:73). CSKA Moscow did win at home, but they struggled a bit in that 94:91. Over the years it is CSKA Moscow who have had the upper hand (W20 L6).
CSKA Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
Now we knew that Zalgiris Kaunas would have to pull a massive upset in order to reach the final, and so did they. On the other hand, CSKA Moscow will be feeling more hard-done about the loss to Real Madrid, as they considered themselves to be the favorites to win. There is no reason to see a defensive match here.
CSKA Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Betting Tips
Zalgiris Kaunas had the best threepoint percentage during the regular season, and that 2/10 on Friday was just a fluke. They will try to light it up from deep on Sunday, but CSKA Moscow will try to prove that they deserved to be in the final. I will go with the Over 169.5 points here @1.75.