Zalgiris Kaunas vs CSKA Moscow
Date: 24th January 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
In what will most likely be another one-sided game, Zalgiris Kaunas host CSKA Moscow on Friday night.
It has been a tough season for Zalgiris Kaunas and it doesn’t look like it will get better any time soon. The club led by Sarunas Jasikevicius has lost three games in a row and it doesn’t look like it will be able to snap that negative streak. Zalgiris will have to face CSKA Moscow and Tuesday and despite that they will playing at home, the hosts will hardly have a chance against the reigning Euroleague champs.
After three straight losses, CSKA have performed a lot better in the last two rounds. The team from Moscow has managed to emphatically defeat both Emporio Armani Milan and Brose Bamberg, as their average margin of win in those two games was 29 points. CSKA will have a pretty good opportunity to extend their streak on Tuesday, as Zalgiris shouldn’t be too hard of an opponent for them.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs CSKA Moscow: Head to head stats
For the past 16 years, Zalgiris Kaunas and CSKA Moscow have met 17 times and Zalgiris have not won a single game in that stretch.
In the first game between the teams this season, CSKA Moscow won at home with a 95-86 score.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction
There is absolutely zero doubt that CSKA are the big favorites to win on Tuesday against Zalgiris. Despite slowing down a bit recently, the reigning champs are still the best team in the entire Euroleague and are more than hard to defeat – a task too big for Zalgiris at this moment.
CSKA have the best offense in the entire tournament (88.9 ppg) and a more than solid defense (80.8 ppg). On the other hand, Zalgiris can’t say the same, as their average of 78.7 points per game on offense is nowhere near an elite level. Their defense (81.8 ppg) hasn’t been world class either.
Expect and easy win for CSKA in a match that could already be over after the end of the first-half.
Player updates: CSKA Moscow announced Milos Teodosic due to a foot injury stayed in Moscow and will not play against Zalgiris Kaunas (source).
Zalgiris Kaunas vs CSKA Moscow: Tips
- CSKA -9 @ 1.90