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Zalgiris Kaunas vs Khimki Moscow    (lost)

Another end of the working week and another highly important Euroleague match in Zalgiris Arena. Both teams are battling for a playoff spot and I would be deadly surprised not to see any of these two in that stage. Quality-wise, both have their own strengths and weaknesses, but both are built in an entirely different way. We can take a closer look at each of the rivals.
Zalgiris Kaunas are one of the poorest Euroleague teams in terms of the financial status but they excel at things like team spirit, brilliant management, club system and fan base. Last, but by no means least, is head coach Jasikevicius. Despite his young coaching age, Sharas continues to sparkle in the coaching suit just like the way he used to in a player jersey. He has tought Zalgiris a lot of positive things over his short coaching career and a lot more is yet to be learnt by his players. What is the most important thing of all, however, is that Zalgiris have somehow developed the winning mentality and their confidence is outstanding. They have won seven consecutive Euroleague matches in Kaunas, most of which were very confident wins. Few Euroleague teams are worse than Kaunas in terms of individual quality, but as long as tactics and strategies come into play there are actually even fewer of those that are better.
Khimki are a totally different team. They are based on money and foreign players orchestrated by Russian national basketball superhero Shved. The Muscovites possess a great tactician on the bench in Bartzokas and they are great defensively, but their offence is nothing to compare with Zalgiris'. Offensively, this team has no clear strategy, no ball movement, and they also massively lack more strength inside the paint. Multiple mixes of zone and individual defences often completely knock the Russian team off their feet, so I think they may have a very tough Friday evening in the second biggest Lithuanian city. 
In summary, I think Zalgiris are more of a team than Khimki at the moment. The latter depend a lot on the individual form of Shved, which seems to have been declining over the recent weeks. Besides, winning in Kaunas have become a very complicated task for away teams. Therefore, taking the Lithuanian champions with the small Asian lines looks somewhat reasonable.
Published: 06-02-2018, 12:05 CET Pick: Zalgiris Kaunas AH-3.5
Odds: 1.85 at Mybet


Category: European basketball
Date: 09-02-2018
Option: Asian Handicap
Stake: 10 (tipster's average: 10)



aron50 08-02-2018, 23:51
Žalgiris have bad exprience with Russian teams usually.
Andrew-Bets 09-02-2018, 12:30
Listen mate, you can find counterarguments for any given tip. If this was an easy business we all would have long become very rich guys! :) The problem is not Khimki - the problem is Kavaliauskas` flu and Jasikevicius` stupid ideas that they may try to expand the defence in order to avoid long shots. That`s a suicide! The only way to defeat Khimki is a mix of zone and individual defence that allows Gill, Honeycutt, or Jenkins to attempt as many open threes as they want.
Remy 09-02-2018, 12:36
Yes Andrew-Bets, you can find counterarguments, but you can also find great argumens. First of all Zalgiris plays at home, second of all they want to take revenge. The win is theirs :D.
Remy 09-02-2018, 12:36
And yes, I forgot, Khimki players are tired cause they had to travel from Moscow to Kaunas.
uncle_bets 09-02-2018, 16:29
I definitely agree with this bet due to some simple points. • First of all Zalgiris is playing at home, can easily hype the crowd and get hyped themselves. Since Zalgiris with Jasikevicius as a coach is a really hype dependant team, that`s a huge boost for the home team tonight. • Secondly Khimki is a team that heavily relies on simple offensive set-pieces and that`s a thing Zalgiris can solve pretty easily. They have done these type of things at home already. • Thirdly, Khimki`s one of the biggest inside threats (IMO), ex-NBA player Thomas Robinson will still be out for this game. He was the x factor in the first h2h game and his physical aggressiveness would be a huge headache for Zalgiris. With him out, Khimki`s frontline even with the possible absence of Kavaliauskas looks weaker.
Andrew-Bets 09-02-2018, 17:59
Hello, Uncle! Long time no see! How have you been doing on the paid service since leaving Betrush? Yes, Zalgiris have many advantages. The disadvantages might be their tactics. They get most of their good shots thanks to Ulanovas posting or Jankunas rolling and popping with Pangos. Help always has to come to solve these plays of Zalgiris, which often leads to a few good passes and an open shot afterwards. Khimki can definitely deal with Ulanovas` posts while I am not sure for Pangos and Jankunas. On the other hand, better, stronger, and smarter teams than Khimki have failed to solve Jasikevicius` offensive puzzles this season. Besides, Khimki are not a backbone team, if you get what I mean. They heads tend to drop as soon as Shved starts struggling and opposition gets a double-digit lead.

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