In the 28th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball and the second game in three days for all teams, two teams tied in the 4th place of the league table are clashing, when the Spanish Real Madrid (16-11), are hosting the Lithuanian champions of Zalgiris Kaunas (16-11) on Thursday, March 22nd 2018. The game takes place at the Wizink Center in the city of Madrid, Spain.
Date/Time: 03-22-2018, 14:45 EDT
Spread: Real Madrid -9.5
Real Madrid have a 16-11 record so far this season and are currently tied with two more teams in the 4th place of the league table. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Valencia with a 96-88 score. They are led in scoring by Luka Doncic with 17 ppg, adding 5 rebounds and a 4.5 assists per game. He is followed by Gustavo Ayon with 9.9 ppg and a team high 6.5 rebounds per game, while Trey Thompkins adds 9.8 ppg and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersZalgiris also have a 16-11 record so far this season and are currently tied with today’s opponent Real Madrid and Panathinaikos in the 4th place of the league table. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against Olimpia Milan with a 77-65 score. They are led in scoring by Kevin Pangos with 12.6 ppg, adding a team high 6.1 assists per game. He is followed by Paulius Jankunas with 11.6 ppg and a team high 4.9 rebounds per game, while Aaron White adds 9.8 ppg and 4.7 rebounds per game.
In their previous meeting in the first round, Real Madrid won on the road with a 66-87 score. Real Madrid are 9-4 at home so far this season, while Zalgiris are 6-7 on the road. Real Madrid are better both offensively, scoring a second-best 85.6 ppg to Zalgiris’ 81.3 and defensively, allowing 79.5 ppg to Zalgiris’ 80.4. Zalgiris on the other hand have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with a second-best of 50.4% to Real Madrid’s 48% and in 3-pointers, shooting with a third-best of 41.5% to Real Madrid’s 37.7%. They are also better in assists made (19.5 to 19.1), while Real Madrid are better in rebounding (33.3 to 30). Real Madrid are the favorite for the win but expect Zalgiris to force a closer game then 10 points, so pick Zalgiris in this one.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Real Madrid Prediction: Zalgiris Kaunas +9.5 (-113)