Bc Zalgiris Kaunas (@1.57) vs Saski Baskonia (@2.4)
21-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Bc Zalgiris Kaunas will win

Bc Zalgiris Kaunas – Saski Baskonia Match Prediction | 21-08-2019

Baskonia are better offensively, scoring 81 ppg to Zalgiris 77.9, while both teams are almost equal defensively, allowing 79.8 and 79.5 ppg. Baskonia are the favorite at home as the underwhelming so far Zalgiris dont pose a threat on the road. Baskonia on the other hand are better in boards grabbed (31.6 to 29.2), in dimes made (18.1 to 17.5) and in turnovers committed (12.3 to 12.7). Baskonia have a 7-3 home record so far, while Zalgiris are 4-7 on the road. In their previous meeting in the first round of the season, Baskonia won on the road with a 79-87 score. Zalgiris have better percentages both in field goals (48.6% to 47.5%) and in 3-pointers (37.4% to 36.3%).

They did win a consolation match but eventually lost easily by 3-1. Baskonia didnt make a lot of changes in the off-season, only losing Beaubois, Timma, and Malmanis. They brought in Shields and Hilliard (Austin Spurs), Sedekerskis returned from loan, while Youssoupha Fall was brought in from Le Mans but was loaned to Strasbourg. But they had a really tough match-up in the playoffs, as they were up against Fenerbahce and coach Obradovic. On the other hand, Baskonia made a great finish in the regular season of the Euroleague last year, and eventually settled at the 7th spot (W16 L14).

Matches

Khimki Moscow enters to this came after facing a last-minute 88-90 home loss to AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan in Round 24 of the competition. The club are led in scoring by Jordan Mickey averaging 14.2 points and 5.2 rebounds at the end of play in Round 24 of the tournament. The club are now in a two-game losing streak and are almost outside of the last playoff berths. Khimkiare placed 13th in the League standings with a record of 9-15.

Baskonia actually struggled a little bit at the first half, where they were down by five points by the half time break. Baskonia have now won four in a row, and look really determined to be among the 8 best teams. Baskonia are coming off a really strong performance on the road against Spanish rivals Valencia last week, whom they defeated by 71:81. Voigtmann was also great with 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Poirier posted a nice double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Huertas was sensational in just 22 minutes of action, scoring 19 points with 7 assists and 80% on his field goals. However, they quickly snapped out of it, as they made their comeback at the third quarter, and eventually overturned the lead in their favor at the final quarter for the final 71:81. They are currently sitting at the 9th spot of the Euroleague (W12 L13), just a single win behind the playoffs. They score an average of 82.08 points per match, against 80.16 conceded.

Zalgiris Kaunas bounce back from a 15-point deficit in the first half (40-25), but Baskonia played exceptionally well and defeated the Khimki Moscow at home (80-73). Winning the dramatic Zalgiris Kaunsas match improved the Baskonia to 12-12 on the season. Baskonia heads into this game with a crucial 80-73 win over Zalgiris Kaunas at the Fernando Buesa Arena last weekend.

Team stats

They brought in seven players, but only two of those had some Euroleague experience (Westermann, Wolters). They were much better at home (W11 L4) than they were on the road (W7 L8), but they had the 4th best away record nonetheless. Zalgiris Kaunas did a pretty solid job in the Euroleague last season, finishing 6th in the regular season (W18 L12). They fought really hard against Fenerbahce in the Final Four but lost by 76:67. They played against Greek side Olympiacos Piraeus in the playoffs and easily overcame them by 3-1. But they defeated CSKA Moscow in the match for he 3rd place by 77:79, so thats something. They lost Micic, Toupane, Pangos, Udrih, Masiulis and Valinskas in the transfer window, but did very little to replace them.

They are led in scoring by Tornike Shengelia with 12.7 ppg, adding 4.5 boards per game. Baskonia have a 11-12 record so far this season and are currently tied with Bayern in the 8th place of the league. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Barcelona with a 77-67 score.

Jankunas scored 15 points with 5 rebounds, while Pangos scored 14 with 4 assists. On the other hand we have Zalgiris Kaunas, who despite their strong presence at home, fell by 78:8 against the visiting Fenerbahce last week. Micic and Davies also scored in double digits, but that was it for Zalgiris Kaunas. Beno Udrih is still considered as questionable to participate. Despite the loss, Zalgiris Kaunas have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions. They are now sitting at the 5th spot of the Euroleague (W12 L13), with an average of 81.2 points per match, while conceding 79.96 in the process. They outscored the Lithuanians by 20:33 and eventually won the match. They were actually up by 9 points by the end of the first half, but their opponents launched an all-out attack at the fourth quarter.

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The club are in good shape for the last few weeks having earned its fifth straight win at home and won three of its last four games in the tournament. With another four of the remaining six games being at home, the club is expected to get in the playoffs and will end at the Final Four of the competition. Baskonia remains consistently good on offense (sixth best) and keeps improving on defense (seventh best). The club are led in scoring by Vincent Poirier averaging 11.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24 appearances.