Zalgiris Kaunas vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Competition: Turskih Airlines Euroleague
Date: 1 February 2018
Time: 19:00 CET
Zalgiris Kaunas were slightly more competitive than we expected against Panathinaikos last week, as they forced the match into overtime, but lost by 94:93. Panathinaikos were already ten points ahead at the end of the first half, but Zalgiris Kaunas were excellent in the third quarter (12:21), and managed to hold on and sent the match to overtime. However, Nick Calathes scored a coast-to-coast drive to grab the win for the Greeks. Kavaliauskas exploded for a game-high 21 points, while White (17p, 8r), Pangos (14p, 8as, 3 r) and Toupane (12p), were also really good. Zalgiris Kaunas are now sitting at the 6th spot of the Euroleague (W12 L8), scoring an average of 80.15 points per match, while conceding 80.1 in the process.
On the other hand, Maccabi Tel Aviv were engaged in a really spectacular match last week, where they eventually defeated Olimpia Milano by 102:111 on the road. There was no doubt about Maccabi Tel Aviv’s dominance in that match, as they had already taken a seven-point lead by the end of the first half. They were really excellent in the offensive department, as they had a 63.5% in the field goals, 64.3% on threepointers, and 84.6% on the freethrows. Cole scored a team-high 19 points with 6 assists and 3 steals, Thomas scored 18, Jackson had 16 with 6 assists and 6 rebounds, and pretty much everyone that played had at least 9 points, with a lot of peripheral stats. Maccabi Tel Aviv are now sitting at the 8th spot of the Euroleague (W11 L9), scoring an average of 81.55 points per match, while allowing 83.25 in that span.
Previous 5 games:
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Pieno Zvaizgdes 91:80
Panathinaikos vs Zalgiris Kaunas 94:93
Neptunas vs Zalgiris Kaunas 75:83
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Valencia 86:82
Brose Bamberg vs Zalgiris Kaunas 93:86
Maccabi Haifa vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 75:85
Olimpia Milano vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 102:111
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Galil Elion 91:94
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Crvena Zvezda 89:75
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 94:64
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to Head Stats
Maccabi Tel Aviv had no problems in overcoming Zalgiris Kaunas by 81:74 at home earlier in the season. Last season, the two teams exchanged road wins, but that was Zalgiris Kaunas’ only win in the last ten years. Maccabi Tel Aviv have been dominant in this venue over the years, and have won each of their last six matches here.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
Zalgiris Kaunas have been dominant at home all season, and that’s what they will try to take advantage of here. Only Real Madrid and Baskonia have defeated them here this season, and even though Maccabi Tel Aviv have been in strong form, I doubt if they can challenge the home team here.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
Zalgiris Kaunas have recorded some really strong wins at home so far in the Euroleague, but most of them have been by 2-4 points. I think that Maccabi Tel Aviv will stay close to the score, but the home team will win this one. Go with the -4.5 for the home team @ 1.75.