Khimki Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Date: 20 October 2017
Time: 19:00 CET
Khimki Moscow started this season off in a great manner, winning all 3 games in VTB league by blowing their opponents off, with a home win over Valencia in the 1st round of the Euroleague (75:70). Not to mention they’ve won the Gomelsky Cup last month, winning against Panathinaikos and CSKA Moscow on the way. Obviously, Khimki has put a solid team together, led by the coach Bartzokas (previously coaching Barcelona, Lokomotiv Kuban, Olympiakos, etc). Now they’re playing their second game in a row in front of their fans, expecting to get to a 2-0 record, before facing Crvena Zvezda next Tuesday. Very good schedule for them in the start of this Euroleague season, and it seems like they’re eager to make the most of it.
Lithuanian side Zalgiris are currently sitting at the 2nd place in the domestic LKL league, with a 6-1 record at the moment. They did start the Euroleague with a home win over Serbian champions Crvena Zvezda (78:76), which was a tough game for them and could’ve gone either way since the away team had a 3-point shot for the win a few seconds before the end. Last Sunday they’ve managed to get a routine win over Siaulai (85:67), but the task of getting a good result in Moscow is going to be almost an impossible one.
Previous five games:
Parma Perm vs Khimki Moscow 69 : 106
Khimki Moscow vs Valencia 75 : 70
VEF Riga vs Khimki Moscow 64 : 104
Khimki Moscow vs Tsmoki Minsk 83 : 55
Khimki Moscow vs CSKA Moscow 84 : 77
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Siauliai 85 : 67
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Crvena zvezda 78 : 76
Lietuvos Rytas vs Zalgiris Kaunas 67 : 70
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Juventus 88 : 66
Nevezis vs Zalgiris Kaunas 66 : 77
Next Tuesday, Khimki is welcoming Crvena Zvezda in the Euroleague, while Zalgiris will host Vytautas in the Lithuanian LKL two days earlier.
Khimki Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to Head Stats
Khimki have won all 3 games played against Zalgiris in the last 3 years, and 6 in the last 7 meet-ups. Last game played in Moscow in 2016 was finished 111:80.
Khimki Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
All the facts show that anything except a routine win for Khimki would be a big surprise. Also, I firmly believe that the game could be finished with a high number of points on the scoreboard.
Khimki Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Betting Tips
Since a simple home win is only @1.23, I would recommend an alternative point spread, for example -6.5 @1.66, even though the host can easily win by 9 or more points (@1.90). In addition to that, I would go with OVER 153.5 points in total at 1.90.
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