In the second round of action in the Euroleague Basketball, we have a battle between two teams coming off opposite outcomes in their season openers, when the Turkish Anadolu Efes (1-0), are hosting the Lithuanian champions and last season’s Final Four participants Zalgiris Kaunas (0-1). The game takes place at the Sinan Erdem Dome in the city of Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday October 17th 2018.
Date/Time: 10-17-2018, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Anadolu Efes -5
Anadolu Efes have a 1-0 record so far this season and are currently tied seven more teams in the first place of the league. In their last game they won on the road against Bayern with a 71-90 score. They are led in scoring by Brock Motum with 14 ppg, adding 4 boards per game. He is followed by Shane Larkin with 13 ppg and a team high 5 dimes per game, while James Anderson adds 12 ppg.
Zalgiris have a 0-1 record so far this season and are currently tied with seven more teams in the 9th place of the league. In their last game they lost at home against Baskonia with a 79-87 score. They are led in scoring by Nate Wolters with 19 ppg, adding 3 boards and a team high 5 dimes per game. He is followed by Arturas Milaknis with 12 ppg, while Edgaras Ulanovas adds 9 ppg.
Last season Zalgiris won both meetings against Anadolu Efes (at home by 8 points and on the road by 16). Anadolu Efes had a 4-11 home record last season, while Zalgiris were 7-8 on the road. Anadolu Efes are better both offensively, scoring 90 ppg to Zalgiris’ 79 and defensively, allowing 71 ppg to Zalgiris’ 87. They also have better percentages both in field goals (66% to 58%) and in 3-pointers (60% to 36.4%). Efes are also are better in boards grabbed (28 to 18) and in dimes made (23 to 17), while Zalgiris are only better in turnovers committed (12 to 13). Anadolu Efes have been much better than last season and Vegas odds give them a -5 spread for this game. Expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Anadolu Efes Prediction: Anadolu Efes -5 (-107)
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