Zalgiris Kaunas vs Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Date: 21st March 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
On Tuesday evening, Zalgiris Kaunas will be hosting Anadolu Efes Istanbul in a game that could prove to be more than vital in the tightening playoff race.
After a slow start to the season, Zalgiris have picked up the pace lately. The Lithuanian club has won six of its last eight games, which has put them really close to the eighth and final playoff spot. However, if they are to really challenge for it, Zalgiris will have to continue playing as well as they have in the previous eight games. On Tuesday, they will meet a direct challenger for advancing to the postseason – Anadolu Efes – and the winner of the game will have a solid advantage at the end of the regular season.
After losing in Round 25, Anadolu Efes managed to bounce back with a win last week, as they defeat Maccabi with a 92-87 score. The victory was enough for them to hold on to their eighth seed, but the club from Istanbul will have to keep the wins coming if they are to keep it until the end of the season. On Tuesday, Anadolu Efes will visit Zalgiris in a game that will be of utmost importance for both clubs.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Anadolu Efes Istanbul: Head to head stats
For the past 16 years, Zalgiris Kaunas and Anadolu Efes Istanbul have met 9 times and the Lithuanian club has won 6 of those games.
Zalgiris are 3-1 at home against Anadolu Efes.
In the previous game between the two clubs earlier in the season, Zalgiris managed to win as visitors with a 71-84 score.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Anadolu Efes Istanbul: Prediction
The clash on Tuesday between Zalgiris and Anadolu Efes will be more than competitive, as both teams are in desperate need of the win.
Moreover, it will showcase a battle of different playing styles, as the hosts rely on their defense (79.7 ppg), while the visitors are famous for their scoring (84.9 ppg). Zalgiris are definitely not the best offensive club in the Euroleague (77.7 ppg), but against a weak defensive team such as Anadolu Efes (84.7 ppg), things might look different.
Expect both clubs playing at over 100%, with the game possibly going into overtime. In the end, it’s most likely that Zalgiris will be able to hold on and grab the victory.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Anadolu Efes Istanbul: Tips
- Zalgiris win @ 1.83