Two teams on completely opposite trajectories so far this season are clashing in the third round of the Euroleague Basketball, when the Lithuanian Champions Zalgiris Kaunas (0-2), still looking for their first win in the competition, are hosting the Spanish Champions Real Madrid (2-0), who on the other hand want to remain perfect.
Date/Time: 10-17-2019, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Zalgiris Kaunas +7.5
Zalgiris have a 0-2 record so far this season and are tied with four more teams in the last place of the league table. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against Olimpia Milano with an 85-81 score. They are led in scoring by Marius Grigonis with 11.5 ppg, while Thomas Walkup follows with 10.5 ppg and 3 boards per game.
Real Madrid have a 2-0 record so far this season and are tied with four more teams in the first place of the league table. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against Maccabi with an 86-85 score. They are led in scoring by Jaycee Carroll with 14 ppg, while Anthony Randolph follows with 13 ppg and 4.5 boards per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won once on the road (Real by 11 points and Zalgiris by 7). Zalgiris have a 0-1 home record so far this season, while this will be Real Madrid’s first road game. Real Madrid are better offensively, scoring 83.5 ppg to Zalgiris’ 69.5, while Zalgiris are better defensively, allowing 77.5 ppg to Real’s 81. Real Madrid have better percentages both in field goals (48% to 40%) and in 3-pointers (41.8% to 33.3%). They are also better in boards grabbed (29 to 28), in turnovers committed (12.5 to 14.5) and in dimes made (20.5 to 11.5). Bookmakers give Real Madrid a -7.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory.
Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas Prediction: Real Madrid -7.5 (-110)
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