Euroleague Basketball Picks
Two squads on opposite trajectories face off in the 11th round of Euroleague Basketball. <ahref=”https://www.euroleague.net/competition/teams/showteam?clubcode=ZAL&seasoncode=E2020″>The Lithuanian Champions Zalgiris Kaunas (5-5), are hosting the Russian Zenit St. Petersburg (5-2). The hosts are on a free fall after winning their first 4 games and are 1-5 since. On the other hand, the guests started to get hot and have lost only once in their last 4.
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Date/Time: 11-26-2020, 13:05 EDT
Spread: Zalgiris Kaunas -2 Total: +153.5
Zalgiris have a 5-5 record and are sitting in the 9th place. They have lost five of their last six matches. In their last game they lost by Olimpia Milano on the road, 98-92. They were a 7.5-point underdog but managed to beat the odds.
Marius Grigonis leads the team in scoring with 15 ppg, shooting with 51.2% from behind the arc.
Zenit have a 5-2 record and are sitting in the 6th place. They have won three of their last four matches. In their last game they won Baskonia on the road, 70-77. They were a 5-point underdog but managed to cover the spread.
Billy Baron leads the team in scoring with 10.3 ppg.
Zenit won both meetings against Zalgiris last season.
At home by one point and on the road by 12, both times in overtime.
They are tied 2-2 wins all-time in Euroleague.
Zalgiris are 1-3 at home, while Zenit are 3-2 on the road.
Zenit have the third-worse offense in the league (73.1 to 79.8 ppg) but they have the second-best defense (70.1 to 81 ppg).
Zalgiris have better percentages both in field goals (49.8% to 45.4%) and in 3-pointers (41.3% to 32.3%). They are third-best and first in those categories respectively.
They are also better both in assists made (17.8 to 16.2) and in turnovers committed (11.5 to 13.2).
On the other hand, Zenit are better in rebounding (30.7 to 27.8).
Bookmakers give Zalgiris a -2 spread and expect them to beat the odds. Zenit have travelled to Spain on Monday to play one extra game this week, so the tiredness will take its toll. Pick the hosts in this one.
Zenit Petersburg vs Zalgiris Kaunas Prediction: Zalgiris Kaunas -2 (-112)
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