Olimpia Milano vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Competition : Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date : 9 November 2017
Time : 20:45 EDT
Armani Milano proved once again that they are not having a really stable season, when they fell by 79:68 on the road against Maccabi Tel Aviv. They were not very strong in either of the first 3 quarters, and only outscored their opponents in the 4th by 19:26, but it wasn’t enough. Only Bertans, Gudaitis, Tarczewski and Goudelock had double digits in that match, where Armani Milano got little to no help from their other players. However, they did manage to bounce back with a 72:64 win against Virtus Bologna in the Lega A, but that was just their 2nd win in their last 5 matches in all competitions. Armani Milano are now sitting at the 14th spot of the Euroleague with just a single win, scoring an average of 80 points per match, but are conceding 85.2 so far.
On the other hand, Zalgiris Kaunas are coming into this match after fighting really hard against CSKA Moscow on the road, but they eventually fell by 94:91. Even though they were down by 15 points in the first half, Zalgiris Kaunas outscored their opponents in both the 3rd and 4th quarter, but fell 3 points short of a massive overturn. Micic was dominant with 20 points and 7 assists, while Ulanovas (14p, 4r), Valinskas (11p, 3/4 3p) were among the greatest in that match, in what was an overall great team effort. They managed to wash that loss off with a dominant performance in the LKL against Neptunas, whom they destroyed by 88:62 at home. Zalgiris Kaunas are now sitting at the 11th spot of the Euroleague (W2 L3), having scored an average of 78.6 points per match, against 83.4 conceded.
Previous five games:
Olimpia Milano vs Virtus Bologna 72:64
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Olimpia Milano 79:68
Sassari vs Olimpia Milano 90:69
Olimpia Milano vs Barcelona 78:74
Real Madrid vs Olimpia Milano 100:90
Xslgiris Kaunas vs Neptunas 88:62
CSKA Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas 94:91
CSKA Moscow vs Riga 94:69
Anadolu Efes vs CSKA Moscow 80:98
CSKA Moscow vs Panathinaikos 81:63
Olimpia Milano vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to Head Stats
The two teams exchanged road wins last season, with Zalgiris Kaunas winning by 70:78 in Milan, before Armani Milano took revenge by 84:88 in Lithuania. It is Zalgiris Kaunas who have had the upper hand in this match-up over the years (W4 L2), and have also won two of their three matches in this venue.
Olimpia Milano vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
Armani Milano have been pretty good at home, despite their overall struggles this season. They have only lost to Fenerbahce in the overtime, having won each of their other 6 matches in all competitions. Zalgiris Kaunas have not been very strong away from home, but they should be able to remain competitive in this match.
Olimpia Milano vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Betting Tips
While an Armani Milano win here looks like the best option, I believe that Zalgiris Kaunas will be able to make it really hard for them, so I will take the visitors’ +6.5 @ 1.60. If I had to go with the Over/Under, I would take the Under 162.5 points here @ 1.60.
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