Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Date: 08th December 2016
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
In the last match on Thursday, Real Madrid will be hosting Zalgiris Kaunas in what could surprisingly prove to be a very interesting game.
Real Madrid have had a pretty successful start of their 2016-17 Euroleague campaign, as they have won seven out of their first ten games. They did lose their last game, as they visited Fenerbahce in Istanbul, but the match could have easily been won the Whites (77-78). Los Blancos will have a pretty good opportunity to bounce back though on Thursday, as Zalgiris are definitely among the top level teams.
Zalgiris have been far from impressive this season and they currently hold a 4-6 record. Nonetheless, the Lithuanian club has shown improvement lately, as they have won two straight game. Those victories over Crvena Zvezda and Brose Bamberg were quite impressive, but it’s hard to see Zalgiris actually standing a good chance against Real Madrid.
Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to head stats
Real Madrid and Zalgiris Kaunas have played 14 times in the last 16 years, with Real Madrid winning 13 of those games.
Real Madrid are a perfect 7-0 at home.
The clubs played twice last season in the Top 16 phase and Real Madrid won both games.
Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
Zalgiris have been looking surprisingly well in their short two-game winning streak and could possibly prove to be a tougher opponent than Real Madrid would have expected. Nevertheless, Real Madrid are clearly the better team in both offense and defense and the stats are right there to prove that.
The Whites score on average 89.5 points per game and give up 80.0, while for Zalgiris those numbers are 80.9 and 82.2 respectively. Furthermore, Real Madrid have a lot more star power on their roster, which undoubtedly gives them a better chance to win the game. Sergio Llull, Anthony Randolph and Rudy Fernandez have all had stellar seasons so far and will most likely be the ones to carry out the game on their shoulders. If the match turns out to be a blowout, expect Luka Doncic to receive more playing time and rack up some points.
All in all, Real Madrid’s win is almost 100% sure, especially given that they are playing in front of their home crowd. It could a bit closer than expected, but nonetheless the Whites will not be losing a second game in a row.
Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Tips
- Over 169.5 at 1.90