Euroleague Basketball Picks
The Lithuanian and Turkish champion are clashing in this game of the 4th round of Euroleague Basketball. Zalgiris Kaunas, who is the only undefeated team in the league, are hosting Anadolu Efes, who are coming off their first victory of the season and looking to build on that momentum.
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Date/Time: 10-15-2020, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Zalgiris Kaunas +5.5 Total: +155.5
Zalgiris have a 3-0 record and are sitting in the first place of the league. In their last game they won on the road against Crvena Zvezda, 69-75. They were a 5.5-point underdog but managed to beat the odds.
Marius Grigonis leads the team in scoring with 14.7 ppg, adding a team-high 3.3 assists per game.
Anadolu Efes have a 1-2 record and are tied with three more teams in the 12th place. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning Alba Berlin on the road, 72-93. They were an 8-point favorite and easily covered the spread.
Krunoslav Simon leads the team in scoring with 16 ppg, adding 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Anadolu Efes won both meetings against Zalgiris Kaunas last season.
At home by 5 points and on the road by 6.
Zalgiris were 7-7 at home last season, while Efes were 13-2 on the road.
Anadolu Efes are better offensively (77.7 to 75.7 ppg), while Zalgiris has the third-best defense (68.7 to 75 ppg).
Zalgiris have the third-best field goal percentage (48% to 46.4%) and fourth-best 3-point percentage (38.5% to 34.7%).
They are also better in rebounding, grabbing 32.3 to Efes’ league-low of 23.7.
On the other hand, Efes are second-best in assists made (18.7 to 16.3) and commit fewer turnovers per game (11.3 to 14).
Bookmakers give Anadolu Efes a -5.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. Zalgiris have started the season hot and they will surely force a closer game than that, if not win the game entirely.
Anadolu Efes vs Zalgiris Kaunas Prediction: Zalgiris Kaunas +5.5 (-114)
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