Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 9 March 2018
Time: 19:00 CET
Zalgiris Kaunas proved once again that they are extremely hard to beat at home, as they recorded a really nice 90:74 home win against Barcelona last week. They were already up by ten points by the end of the first half, and were never really in danger of losing that match. Toupane was really good with his 21 points, Pangos scored 18 with 5 assists, White had 11 with 5 rebounds, and Ulanovas had 7 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in that wonderful team effort. Zalgiris Kaunas are really in form right now, as they have won each of their last six matches in all competitions. They are now sitting at the 4th spot of the Euroleague (W15 L9), sccoring an average of 81.33 points per match, while allowing 79.75 in the process. The only injury doubt is that of Beno Udrih, who is listed as questionable to participate, but is likely to.
On the other hand, Fenerbahce recorded a massive win last week in Spain, where they forced Real Madrid to a 83:86 loss. The home team was slightly better in the first half, as they were up by five points at the end of the second quarter. However, Fenerbahce reacted in the third quarter, and after outscoring their opponents by 20:28, they went on to preserve their lead, to eventually win the game. Sloukas exploded for 20 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals, while Datome dropped 17 points, and Nunnally scored 16 more. Fenerbahce have been really strong lately, as they have won six of their last seven matches in all competitions, including each of their last three matches for the Euroleague. They are currently sitting at the 3rd spot of the league table (W17 L7), scoring an average of 78.91 points per match, while conceding just 73.58 in the process, which is the second best defense.
Previous 5 games:
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Alytaus Djukija 72:63
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Barcelona 90:74
Anadolu Efes vs Zalgiris Kaunas 70:86
Lietuvos Ritas vs Zalgiris Kaunas 62:81
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Panevezis 88:74
Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray 80:60
Real Madrid vs Fenerbahce 83:86
Fenerbahce vs Olimpia Milano 89:70
Fenerbahce vs Anadolu Efes 80:83
Gaziantep vs Fenerbahce 90:95
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce: Head to Head Stats
Fenerbahce have the upper hand in this match-up through the years (W7 L4), and actually won both matches last season. However, Zalgiris Kaunas won by 89:90 in Turkey when the two teams met earlier in the season.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce: Prediction
This is going to be a really passionate match between two sides who are looking to stay relevant at the top spots of the Euroleague. A loss for Fenerbahce wouldn’t be catastrophic, but a loss for Zalgiris Kaunas could have them tied with three other teams.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce: Betting Tips
While the +3 points for the home team @ 1.85 is surely something to consider, I will alternatively pick the Over 155.5 points here @ 1.80. Both teams have scored fairly good lately, and it is more than realistic.