Lietkabelis won Game 1 in Klaipeda two days ago 83-69 and now will enter this one with a hope to add a second win in the series that might see as many as five games. I like their chances today, because Lietkabelis have likely got some momentum lately. In the first series game, at least, they played very well. Nonetheless, I am not taking Panevezys to win this match.
What you have to like about Lietkabelis is their offence. It might get stuck time after time, but overall it happens not often, and even less often with action being held in the Cido Arena. Lietkabelis veterans like Leonavicius, the Lavrinovic brothers, Jasaitis, and Williams got a lot of rest in the series against Zalgiris Kaunas, because Panevezys knew they had no chance of succeeding against the Greens. Now they are determined to finish up in the third place, and I think Neptunas' defence will have their hands full of work trying to defend Lietkabelis in Panevezys.
What you don't like about Lietkabelis is their defence. No matter how important one or other game is - they just can't defend! Some of the ones reading this statement would probably point to only 69 points Neptunas gathered at home in Game 1, but that is because Neptunas played one of the worst offensive games of the season instead of Lietkabelis fullfilling a solid defensive game plan. Neptunas could not find their shot in the series against Lietuvos Rytas, and they were simply terrible with dozens of missed open shots in Svyturys Arena in the series opener. Neptunas may be tired as they are not using much of rotation nowadays, but they are not a team to continuously shoot open three pointers under 20 percent or so, so I hope they can stand out for a much more solid game this early evening in the Northern East of Lithuania.
I expect a much more open match this time in comparison to the one we saw taking place in the port city a couple of days ago.