Žalgiris Kaunas – Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Prediction: 1258
Tipster: Andrew Bets
Stake: 6/10
Odds: 1.97
Start GMT: 2019-12-17 18:00:00
Tournament: Euroleague
Category: Basketball Prediction
Bookmaker: VIP-IBC
Added date: 2019-12-16
Betting prediction:
Anadolu Efes -5.5 AH

Two Euroleague toppers are meeting in Kaunas on Tuesday in the first leg of this week’s double Euroleague schedule. The toppers belong to different poles of the Euroleague standings, as Žalgiris is ruling the bottom and Anadolu Efes is enjoying the heights. Perhaps the things will not change drastically in the course of the season, because Anadolu Efes played in the Euroleague final last term and is realistically eying the title again, while Žalgiris’ Cinderella tale is gone after two fabulous seasons. Euroleague games are usually hard to predict, but this one seems very clear in terms of gambling purposes.

Žalgiris is a team of fighters, but 7 consecutive Euroleague losses has hit them hard. They have had very bad shooting percentage from long distance in the last few Euroleague games, and they looked out of confidence on Sunday even playing the small rival from Siauliai. Siauliai were even close to winning the game, but Žalgiris’ experience helped to pull out a win in the very final minute. The players looked sad and indifferent, and for the first time in years the team chemistry seemed to be gone. Even charismatic head coach Jasikevicius spent a lot of time on the bench and it looked as he was far away from the events taking place on the court, sunk in his gloomy thoughts. Žalgiris had big hopes before the season when they proudly announced to have signed all the players they wanted, but they went wrong with some of the signings most obviously, and now it is hard to get out of the losing streak, especially with high-flying Anadolu Efes visiting Kaunas, and Jokubaitis and Grigonis missing.

Anadolu Efes are having their life as good as it can be. They are currently leading the Euroleague with 11 wins and only 2 losses, holding two Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid behind the back. Superstar Larkin, who averages 22 points per game and is the best Euroleague scorer, is playing the best basketball in his life, Micić has recovered his form and the same appeals to Simon. Besides, Sanli is doing his best to reduce the impact of missing Dunston.

After two wins against bitter rivals Fenerbahçe, one in the Euroleague and one in the Turkish league, Anadolu Efes are coming to Kaunas full of ambition, weapons, and confidence to hit Žalgiris hard again, as they did last season when they left the Žalgiris Arena with a 79-58 win in the pocket. It seems Žalgiris will have a tough evening again, and the call depicts such a guess. Good luck and place your bet using only the highest odds and limits from VIP-IBC. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up for best betting software today!