Two squads tied in the third place of the Euroleague Basketball face off in the 8th round of action. The Lithuanian Champions Zalgiris Kaunas (5-3), are hosting the Russian Champions of CSKA Moscow (5-3). The hosts are struggling after a hot start and are 3-1 in their last 4 games. On the other hand, the guests are coming in hot and looking to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 11-17-2020, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Zalgiris Kaunas +6 Total: +158
Zalgiris have a 5-3 record and are tied with CSKA and Olympiacos in the third place. They have lost three of their last four matches. In their last game they lost by Maccabi Tel Aviv on the road, 85-57. They were a 4-point underdog and failed to beat the odds.
Marius Grigonis leads the team in scoring with 15.1 ppg and he is the only Zalgiris player averaging double digits in scoring.
CSKA also have a 5-3 record and are tied in the 3rd place. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won Baskonia at home, 89-86. They were a 7.5-point favorite and but did not cover the spread.
Will Clyburn leads the team in scoring with 17.3 ppg, while Mike James adds 16.4 ppg and a team-high 5.3 assists per game.
In their only meeting last season, CSKA won at home by 3 points in overtime.
They have a 5-3 lead in the past four seasons, but are 1-2 on the road.
Zalgiris are 1-2 at home, while CSKA are 2-2 on the road.
CSKA have the second-best offense in the league (81.8 to 78.5 ppg), while Zalgiris are better defensively (78.1 to 81 ppg).
Zalgiris have a better field goal percentage (49% to 44.8%), while both teams have a similar 3-point percentage (39.7% to 39.5%).
Zalgiris are better both in assists made (17.8 to 15.2) and in turnovers committed (11.2 to 13.5).
On the other hand, CSKA are better in rebounding (28.9 to 27.9).
Bookmakers give CSKA Moscow a -6 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. They are having a hard time in Kaunas historically and the hosts are desperate to bounce back after an embarrassing road defeat.
CSKA Moscow vs Zalgiris Kaunas Prediction: Zalgiris Kaunas +6 (-114)