Zalgiris Kaunas vs Baskonia
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 12 October 2018
Time: 18:00 CET
Zalgiris Kaunas did a pretty solid job in the Euroleague last season, finishing 6th in the regular season (W18 L12). They were much better at home (W11 L4) than they were on the road (W7 L8), but they had the 4th best away record nonetheless. They played against Greek side Olympiacos Piraeus in the playoffs and easily overcame them by 3-1. They fought really hard against Fenerbahce in the Final Four but lost by 76:67. But they defeated CSKA Moscow in the match for he 3rd place by 77:79, so that’s something. They lost Micic, Toupane, Pangos, Udrih, Masiulis and Valinskas in the transfer window, but did very little to replace them. They brought in seven players, but only two of those had some Euroleague experience (Westermann, Wolters).
On the other hand, Baskonia made a great finish in the regular season of the Euroleague last year, and eventually settled at the 7th spot (W16 L14). But they had a really tough match-up in the playoffs, as they were up against Fenerbahce and coach Obradovic. They did win a consolation match but eventually lost easily by 3-1. Baskonia didn’t make a lot of changes in the off-season, only losing Beaubois, Timma, and Malmanis. They brought in Shields and Hilliard (Austin Spurs), Sedekerskis returned from loan, while Youssoupha Fall was brought in from Le Mans but was loaned to Strasbourg.
Previous 5 games:
Rytas vs Zalgiris Kaunas 69:76
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Nevezis 81:68
Juventus vs Zalgiris Kaunas 80:87
Skycop vs Zalgiris Kaunas 53:74
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Paino Zvyzgdes 103:66
Baskonia vs Gipuzkoa 85:66
San Pablo Burgos vs Baskoia 82:79
Baskonia va Zaragoza 99:76
Baskonia vs Alba Berlin 87:77
Real Madrid vs Baskonia 80:73
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Baskonia: Head to Head
Baskonia were great against Zalgiris Kaunas last season, winning both matches. They dropped 20 points in a 77:97 win in this venue before another 20 points in a 84:64 at home. There has been total balance in this match-up, with each team winning ten matches. Zalgiris Kaunas just slightly have the upper hand as hosts (W6 L4).
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Baskonia: Prediction
Zalgiris Kaunas lost most of their great players in the offseason and I can’t say that they replaced them adequately. They still have a solid roster, but Baskonia also do, and they weren’t very improved either. Baskonia have been great in this venue in recent years and might pose a threat here.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Baskonia: Betting Tips
The +2 points for Baskonia @ 1.87 looks like something to consider, as I don’t really like the Over/Under lines. Baskonia have scored a lot in the start of the season, but Zalgiris Kaunas have a defensive approach this season. I will go with Baskonia and the +2.