Zalgiris is coming from a great performance in previous round of Euroleague, when they destroyed at home Caja Laboral with 82-45 final scoreline. It was more than great defensive performance from the Lithuanians that limited the Spanish team to only 45 points for 40 minutes, while ten out of twelve players scored at least one point. On the other hand, Caja did the worst they could this season making a tragic performance.
Now with a 6/1 record in Euroleague, they are already qualified for the next stage and have fulfilled their goal for this season. However, in next three matches they’ll have a chance to get the first position at the end of the group stage. Still, they have a 5/1 record in VTB league, clearly showing that their great form in Euroleague is far from random.
Home side is without power forward Klimavicius from the beginning of the season, while small forward Darden, Kaukenas and Lavrinovic missed several training sessions this week and are doubtful for the game, although it’s hard to imagine all of them staying away from such a important match. However, their competitiveness is questionable under such circumstances.
Olympiacos is also coming from a great performance last week, as they defeated Efes Pilsen with a 22 points difference, although the final score could have been even with bigger difference, 75-53. Same as their tonight’s opponents, they are also qualified for the next stage, having 5-2 record in the group.
Victory over Efes looked like a easy one, as the Greek team was great in the defense, as the Turkish side was predictable and slow in the attack. They are also coming from a sixteen points difference victory away to Kolossos Rhodes, being the only undefeated team in the domestic league with 7-0 record. Guests have no injury worries as all players are available and prepared in the best possible atmosphere for this game.
No comparison can be made with the previous game these two sides played as Olympiacos improved their performance a lot since then and no doubt, shouldn’t be rated as underdogs in highly unpredictable game that should be decided in the last minute of the game.
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