In the 21st round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, the Lithuanian champions Zalgiris Kaunas (12-8), are hosting the long-time Israeli champions of Maccabi Tel Aviv (11-9) on Thursday, February 1st 2018. The game takes place at the Zalgiris Arena in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania.
Date/Time: 02-01-2018, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Zalgiris Kaunas -5.5
Zalgiris have a 12-8 record as well so far this season and currently sit on the 6th place of the league table. In their last game they saw a three-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Panathinaikos in overtime with a 94-93 score. They are led in scoring by Paulius Jankunas with 12.5 ppg, adding a team high 5.2 rebounds per game. He is followed by Kevin Pangos with 12.5 ppg as well and a team high 6.2 assists per game, while Aaron White adds 9.9 ppg and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersMaccabi have a 11-9 record so far this season and currently sit on the 8th place of the league table. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against Olimpia Milan with a 102-111 score. They are led in scoring by Pierre Jackson with 15.3 ppg and a team high 4.3 assists per game. He is followed by Norris Cole with 13.7 ppg and 4.1 assists per game, while DeShaun Thomas adds 11.8 ppg and 3.6 rebounds.
In their previous matchup on the first round, Maccabi won at home with an 81-74 score. Zalgiris are 7-2 at home so far this season, while Maccabi are 3-6 on the road. Both teams are almost equal offensively, scoring 81.5 and 81.3 ppg, while Zalgiris are better defensively, allowing 81.2 to Maccabi’s 83.3. Zalgiris also have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with a second-best of 50.3% to Maccabi’s 47.3% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 40% to Maccabi’s 36.6%. They are also better in assists made, with 19.4 to Maccabi’s 17.6, while Maccabi are better in rebounding, grabbing 32.1 to Zalgiris’ 29.9 and in turnovers committed (10.7 to 12.7). Zalgiris have been very good at home, while Maccabi are weak on the road so pick Zalgiris for the home victory by more than 6 points today.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Zalgiris Kaunas Prediction: Zalgiris Kaunas -5.5 (-110)