Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 30 November 2017
Time : 20:05 CET
Maccabi Tel Aviv are coming off one of the biggest defeats in quite a while, surely the biggest in the season, when they were destroyed by 89:67 on the road against Barcelona. Maccabi Tel Aviv were nowhere to be found in the first half, as they were down by 44:24 by the half-time break. They were actually really competitive in the second half, but they were unable to cut the deficit, as they met a really tough loss. There is not much to be said about that match, where Kane scored a team-high 13 points with 7 rebounds and Bolden followed with 10 points and 5 rebounds and a blocked shot. That loss was an anomaly, as it was just their 2nd loss in their last 9 matches in all competitions. Maccabi Tel Aviv are now sitting at the 6th spot of the Euroleague (W5 L4), with an average of 77.66 points per match, against 77.3 conceded.
Zalgiris Kaunas were really great in their previous match against Anadolu Efes at home, where they won by a comfortable 91:83. They were only threatened in the first quarter, where they were outscored 22:26, but they were really good in the remainder of the match, as they cruised towards their second consecutive win in all competitions. Zalgiris Kaunas saw Ulanovas explode with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks, Jankunas was also really good with 17 points, while Pangos (10p. 7 as) and Toupane (9p, 6r) also contributed positively. Zalgiris Kaunas are now sitting at the 7th spot of the Euroleague (W5 L4), having scored an average of 80.77 points per match, while having conceded 81.22 in that span.
Previous 5 games:
Barcelona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 89:67
Ironi Nes Ziona vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 68:98
Khimki Moscow vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 69:77
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Anadolu Efes 72:79
Maccabi Ashdod vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 80:90
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Anadolu Efes 91:83
Panevezis vs Zalgiris Kaunas 66:70
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Baskonia 77:97
Unicaja Malaga vs Zalgiris Kaunas 83:85
Siauliai vs Zalgiris Kaunas 51:80
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to Head Stats
The two teams were engaged in a couple of really competitive matches last season, where they exchanged road wins. Maccabi Tel Aviv won by 74:87 in Lithuania, but Zalgiris Kaunas took revenge with a 77:93 win in this venue. Maccabi Tel Aviv have the upper hand in this match-up (W15 L5), and have also been really strong as hosts against Zalgiris Kaunas (W8 L2).
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
Zalgiris Kaunas might have won in this venue last season, but it was their only win in the last 14 years here (W1 L5). Maccabi Tel Aviv will surely react after a massive loss to Barcelona, and playing in front of their home crowd will surely boost them to a win. However, I won’t go past the -2.5 @ 1.70 here, as Zalgiris Kaunas have been quite strong on the road lately.
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