Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce Istanbul
Date: 02nd March 2017
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
In the first Euroleague game on Thursday, Zalgiris Kaunas will be hosting Fenerbahce Istanbul in an attempt for the home team to keep its playoff hopes alive.
Zalgiris are currently occupying the tenth place in the table, with a 10-13 record. The team from Lithuania has been playing quite impressive lately, as they have won four of their last five games. However, if they are to actually challenge for a playoff spot, Zalgiris will have to continue winning at the same pace, which could prove to be quite difficult given their upcoming schedule.
Fenerbahce have been in fine form lately as well, winning five of their last six games. Thanks to that, the club from Istanbul is currently occupying the fourth spot in the standings and there is no doubt that they will try everything in order to climb up. They will have some pretty good chances for a victory on Thursday, but they should definitely consider that Zalgiris have been playing on a high-level lately.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce Istanbul: Head to head stats
For the past 16 years, Zalgiris Kaunas and Fenerbahce Istanbul have met 11 times and the team from Istanbul has reached victory in 7 of those matches.
Zalgiris are 2-3 at home against Fenerbahce.
In the first game between the two clubs earlier this season, Fenerbahce won at home with an 82-68 score.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce Istanbul: Prediction
Both Zalgiris and Fenerbahce need wins and on Thursday the two teams will without a doubt leave everything they have on the floor. The hosts are surely a bit more desperate, as a victory will get them pretty close to the eight, and final, playoff spot.
Offensively, the two teams have performed quite similarly. Zalgiris scored on average 78.6 points per game, compared to 77.1 by Fenerbahce. However, on the defense end is where things differ quite a lot and it’s easy to understand why the team from Istanbul is so far up the standings. Fenerbahce have the third-best defense in the Euroleague, as they allow 75.3 ppg, compared to 80.7 ppg by Zalgiris.
This is a must win game for Zalgiris if they are to keep any hopes alive for the remaining of the regular season. That means they will fight hard and while a close win for Fenerbahce after a very competitive game is likely to happen I would still go with the lithuanians.
Player updates: Kostas Sloukas will miss the game for the turks due to injury. (source) Also there are rumours that Vesely is also uncertain for this game.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce Istanbul: Tips
- Zalgiris+4.5 @ 1.90