Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 6 December 2018
Time: 18:00 CET
Zalgiris Kaunas (W4 L6) are coming off a pretty slim but really great win at home against the very good team of Olimpia Milano. The Italians made a good start in that match and were leading by18:23 at the end of the first quarter. But Zalgiris Kaunas exploded in the second quarter when they outscored their opponents by 22:8 and entered the break leading by 9 points. Olimpia Milano bounced back in the third quarter and cut that lead down to two points, but Zalgiris Kaunas did great in the final quarter to win that match by 83:78. Davies exploded in that match when he scored a whopping 27 points with 10 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal on 11/15 shooting. Wolters backed him up with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, while Ulanovas had 8 points with 5 rebounds, a block and a steal. Zalgiris Kaunas are now sitting at the 9th spot of the Euroleague, scoring an average of 83.3 points per match, while allowing 83 in the process. They will be missing Paulius Jankunas in this match, as he is still sidelined with an injury.
On the other hand, Olympiacos Piraeus (W6 L4) played a really strong match at home against Buducnost last week, blasting them by 92:70. They made a really good start in the first quarter and took a five-point lead, and extended that to seven at the end of the first half. The Reds exploded in the third quarter when they scored 32 points and conceded just 14 and the match was pretty much over at that point. LeDay was spectacular in that match with 28 points, 8 rebounds, 2 triples and 2 steals. Spanoulis was also very good with 17 points and 4 assists but also 4 turnovers. Printezis backed them up with 111 points and 8 rebounds, while Milutinov scored 10 with 7 rebounds. Olympiacos Piraeus have won four in a row in all competitions and each of their last three for the Euroleague. They are now sitting at the 5th spot of the league table, scoring an average of 80.4 points per match against 77.5 conceded.
Previous 5 games:
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olimpia Milano 83:78
Pieno Zvaigzdes vs Zalgiris Kaunas 68:109
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Khimki Moscow 83:84
CSKA Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas 99:97
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Siauliai 102:61
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Buducnost 92:70
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Panionions 98:72
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Real Madrid 88:83
Bayern Munich vs Olympiacos Piraeus vs 62:72
Panathinaikos vs Olympiacos Piraeus 79:70
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Head to Head Stats
Zalgiris Kaunas won both matches against Olympiacos Piraeus last season, by 74:68 at home before a 85:86 in the overtime in Athens. The two teams also met in the playoffs last season, where Zalgiris Kaunas won three of the four matches to move to the next round. They have been great as hosts in the last five matches, winning four in the process.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Prediction
Zalgiris Kaunas are always strong in front of their home crowd, but this season they have actually lost five of their six matches for the Euroleague there. Olympiacos Piraeus have been pretty solid on the road so far, but things must be put into place.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Betting Tips
I don’t expect a very high-scoring match here, where Zalgiris Kaunas will probably fight for just their second win at home this season. Olympiacos Piraeus have been operating at really solid levels for quite a while now and a bad match might be in the books here. I will go with Zalgiris Kaunas to cover a -1.5 spread @1.93.