Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Date: 23rd March 2017
Kick-off: 20:05 CET
In the second Euroleague game on Thursday, Maccabi Tel Aviv will be hosting Zalgiris Kaunas in what will be a pivotal game for the visitors.
Maccabi created quite the shock in the previous round, as they managed to defeat Fenerbahce Istanbul for the second time this season. Thanks to that victory, the squad led by Ainars Bagatskis now has a 4-4 record in its last 8 games, which is quite good, given how bad they performed beforehand. On Thursday Maccabi will face a demotivated Zalgiris squad which could mean another win for the Tel Aviv club.
Zalgiris could not manage to defeat Anadolu Efes in the previous round and even though the Lithuanian club still have some small chances of making the playoffs, it’s almost sure they won’t be able to do so. Sarunas Jasikevicius and his men will have to win all three games until the end of the regular season and hope for their opponents to falter. Nonetheless, such a scenario is highly unlikely.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to head stats
For the past 16 years, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Zalgiris Kaunas have played 19 times in the Euroleague and Maccabi have won 15 of those games.
Maccabi are 8-1 at home against Zalgiris.
In the previous game between the two clubs this season, Maccabi won as visitors with a 74-87 score.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
The Thursday game between Maccabi and Zalgiris will surely be an interesting one, as the hosts will try to finish their Euroleague season on a high note, while the visitors will try and get the win in order to hold on to their slim chances of making the playoffs.
Statistically, Zalgiris have the advantage. They have averaged 77.4 ppg on offense and have limited their opponents to 79.5 ppg. Maccabi have done a bit better scoring-wise, averaging 79.0 ppg, but their defense has been pretty bad, as they have allowed 83.7 ppg.
Expect an interesting game, which will remain competitive throughout all fourth quarters. In the end, a win for Maccabi is more likely.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Tips
- Maccabi-3.5 @1.80