Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 22 March 2018
Time: 20:45 CET
Real Madrid suffered what appears to be a mild loss on the road against Valencia on Tuesday, where they fell by 96:88. Valencia actually took the upper hand very early in that match, were already up by six points at the half time, and were only matched by Real Madrid in the final quarter. Even so, the lead was irreversible, as Real Madrid suffered what might be a very crucial loss regarding the final placement. Taylor and Campazzo scored 17 points each, Thompkins scored 14 with 6 rebounds, and Causeur had 12 in that match. Real Madrid are now sitting at the 4th spot of the Euroleague (W16 L11), scoring an average of 85.18 points per match, while allowing 78.85 in the process. Real Madrid will be without Llull and Kuzmic who have been missing for quite a while, Doncic is doubtful to participate, while Ayon was injured on Tuesday and will also probably miss this one.
On the other hand, Zalgiris Kaunas are coming into this match after a pretty easy win at home against Olimpia Milano. They only struggled a little bit in the second quarter, but Zalgiris Kaunas were strong as ever at home, where they eventually won by 77:65. White was really good in that match with 16 points and 8 rebounds, with Jankunas scoring 15 with 6 rebounds. Pretty much everyone that played had something to contribute, in what was a really solid team effort. That was Zalgiris Kaunas’ ninth win in their last eleven matches in all competitions, as they are looking to get the best possible placement in the playoffs. They are now sitting at the 5th spot of the Euroleague (W16 L11), with just as many wins as Real Madrid above them, and Panathinaikos and Khimki Moscow below them.
Previous 5 games:
Valencia vs Real Madrid 96:88
Zaragoza vs Real Madrid 81:96
Olimpia Milano vs Real Madrid 77:88
Barcelona vs Real Madrid 94:72
Real Madrid vs Panathinaikos 92:75
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olimpia Milano 77:65
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Siauliai 69:58
Baskonia va Zalgiris Kaunas 84:64
Nevezis vs Zalgiris Kaunas 73:79
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce 78:85
Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to Head Stats
Real Madrid destroyed Zalgiris Kaunas earlier in the season, when they handed them a 66:87 loss in Lithuania. They have actually won each of the last nine matches against Zalgiris Kaunas, and have also won eight of the nine matches as hosts.
Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
The two teams are tied in wins, and it is Real Madrid who have the upper hand thanks to that massive win on the road earlier in the season. Both teams are looking for a better placement, so this is going to be a really exciting match between the two.
Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Betting Tips
Real Madrid have been dominant as hosts against Zalgiris Kaunas over the years, and this is going to be a very strong match. Coach Jasikevicius has a lot of friends in Madrid, and considering the severity of the match, I will have to go with the +9.5 points for the visitors here @ 1.87.
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