Fenerbahce vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 18 May 2018
Time: 18:00 CET
Fenerbahce did not encounter any problems against Baskonia in the playoffs, whom they defeated three times against just one loss. Reigning champions of the Euroleague, the Turks and coach Obradovic will now return to the Final Four for the fourth consecutive time. They have a really great roster, full of players who are capable of turning the tides. They have found quite a few heroes in their last two campaigns, such as Kalinic last season and Muhammed the one before that. Jan Vesely is one of the top big men in the Euroleague right now, and his ability to score, rebound and play decent defense makes him a real threat to every opponent. Fenerbahce will simply need to follow coach Obradovic’ orders, who knows exactly what to do and when to do it. He has won numerous Euroleague titles, and one should definitely listen to him.
Zalgiris Kaunas pulled somewhat of an upset against Olympiacos Piraeus in the playoffs, as they lost just one match against the former Euroleague champions. Coach Jasikevicius and his men know that they are the huge underdogs in this Final Four, and there should not be much pressure on their efforts, as they have already exceeded the expectations. That makes them a very dangerous side, combined with the fact that they can get hot fast. Zalgiris Kaunas were excellent behind the three-point line this season, shooting an amazing 42.41%. That was by far the best team performance this season, and it was actually the fourth-highest percentage over the past century. Arturas Milaknis and Kevin Pangos really lit it up from behind the arc, as they were two of the six people that averaged at least two three-pointers throughout the season. They also rank among the top five of players who shot at least 100 three-pointers during the course of the season.
Previous 5 games:
Fenerbahce vs Istanbul BB 96:73
Buyuksehir vs Fenerbahce 79:83
Fenerbahce vs Besiktas 83:60
Fenerbahce vs Tofas 98:78
Usak Sportif vs Fenerbahce 81:90
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Nevezis 95:70
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Prienai 109:52
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Juventus 82:56
Pieno vs Zalgiris Kaunas 76:85
Panevezis vs Zalgiris Kaunas 74:81
Fenerbahce vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to Head Stats
Zalgiris Kaunas struggled hard to defeat Fenerbahce in Turkey by 89:90, but they suffered a loss at home by 78:85 too. Fenerbahce have the upper hand in this match-up (W8 L5), and they should have first word regarding the qualification to the final.
Fenerbahce vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
Fenerbahce are the huge favorites here, but Zalgiris Kaunas will be coming here with a little less anxiety, and this can prove to be a deadly combination. Fenerbahce will try to use their big men, while Zalgiris Kaunas will try to shoot it from behind the arc. If Zalgiris Kaunas can get hot, that could spell trouble for Fenerbahce.
Fenerbahce vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Betting Tips
Fenerbahce can cover the 6 points handicap, but they will need to enforce their defense on Zalgiris Kaunas in order to achieve that. The Lithuanians will try to use their best weapon, the three-point shooting, and if they can get their shots to fall, we just might see an upset here. The two teams were also engaged in two high-scoring matches in the regular season so the over 154.5 points @ 1.80 seems like a better option as lithuanians will probably come out blazing.