Euroleague Zalgiris Kaunas vs Zenit Petersburg Picks, Spread and Prediction

Two teams with the same number of wins, sitting within the top-8 of Euroleague Basketball face off in the 20th round of action. The Russian Zenit St. Petersburg (11-6), are hosting the Lithuanian Champions Zalgiris Kaunas (11-8). Both teams are coming off single defeats that ended their previous lengthy winning streaks and are looking to bounce back today.

Date/Time: 02-15-2021, 12:00 EDT Spread: Zenit Petersburg -5 Total: +153.5

Zenit (11-6) are 5th in the league. In their last game they saw a three-game winning streak getting snapped. In their last game they lost on the road by Bayern, 82-80, beating the odds. They have back-to-back home wins. Zalgiris (11-8) are 7th and in their last game they saw a six-game winning streak end. They lost on the road by CSKA Moscow, 83-73, not beating the odds. They are 2-1 in their last 3 road games.

In their previous meeting in the first round of this season, Zenit won on the road by 8 points. They lead Zalgiris 3-2 wins in Euroleague and are 1-1 at home, winning and losing by one point. They are 3-3 at home this season, while Zalgiris are 6-3 on the road. Zalgiris are better offensively (80.5 to 76.8 ppg), while Zenit have the second-best defense (72.2 to 77.4 ppg). Zalgiris have the second-best field percentage in the league (50.2% to 48.3%) and the best 3-point percentage (43% to 36.9%).

I’m going to pick Zalgiris with -5 today. Zenit might have figured out how to win at home, but Zalgiris have been very good on the road and expect them to force a close game today.

Zalgiris Kaunas vs Zenit Petersburg Prediction: Zalgiris Kaunas +5 (-113)

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