ALBA BERLIN – ZALGIRIS KAUNAS IS THE OPENING GAME OF TOP 16 ROUND 9
This is a key match for Berlin and Kaunas, with the winner of this game that will find itself close to the 4th place in Top 16 Group E. Bookmakers see home team clear favourite here, but I am confident the Lithuanian team can return home with the smile in their face. Let’s see why I back Zalgiris.
1. KAUNAS ALREADY DEFEATED BERLIN IN TOP 16
Alba Berlin (3-5) won only with Barcelona, Galatasaray and Maccabi, but the lost the key match with Zalgiris in Lithuania in January. Zalgiris Kaunas (3-5) defeated Berlin, Crvena Zvezda and Galatasaray, a great win just last week.
2. KAUNAS IS STRONGER IN THE REBOUDS BATTLE
Euroleague.net help us to understand this point. Berlin has 34.5 rebound per match, while Kaunas has 38.1.Offensive rebounds are 10.9 for the Germans, while the Lithuanian show a better 11.2. Defensive rebound confirm my opinion: 23.6 for Alba and 26.9 for Zalgiris. Usually in this sport who win rebounds battle, then win the game.
3. KAUNAS IS DANGEROUS WITH 3 POINTS BOMBS
Alba is very good by 3 points: 34.0% but Zalgiris is better: 35.1%, by the way, the best Alba players is Renfore with 41.8%, but look at Lipkevious (Zalgiris) stats: 60.0%.
ALBA BERLIN: Renfoe (G), Redding (G), Radosevic (C), Banic (F), Radosevic (C) – Coach: Sasa Obradovic
ZALGIRIS KAUNAS: Cherry (G), Jankunas (F), Anderson (F), Javtokas (C), Unalovas (C) – Coach: Gintaras Kaprikas