In the first semifinal of the Euroleague Basketball Final Four, the defending champions and second-seeded Fenerbahce (21-9), are facing sixth-seeded and Lithuanian champions Zalgiris Kaunas (18-12). The game takes place at the Star Arena in the city of Belgrade, Serbia on Friday, May 18th 2018. Euroleague Semifinal Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 05-18-2018, 12:00 EDT
Spread: Fenerbahce -6
Fenerbahce finished the regular season with a 20-8 record, they were placed second in the league and in the semifinals they eliminated Baskonia with 3-1 wins. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won on the road against Baskonia in game 4 with an 83-92 score. They are led in scoring by Jan Vesely with 12.9 ppg, adding a team high 5.2 rebounds per game. He is followed by Brad Wanamaker with 11.3 ppg and 3.8 assists per game, while James Nunnally adds 10 ppg and Kostas Sloukas also adds 10 ppg and a team high 5.5 assists per game.
Zalgiris finished the regular season with a 16-11 record and were placed 6th in the league. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against Olympiakos in game 4 with a 101-91 score. They are led in scoring by Kevin Pangos with 12.7 ppg, adding a team high 6 assists per game. He is followed by Paulius Jankunas with 11.4 ppg and a team high 4.9 rebounds per game, while Brandon Davies adds 9.4 ppg and 3.3 rebounds per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team has won on the road. Fenerbahce with a 78-85 score and Zalgiris with an 89-90 score. Both teams score almost exactly the same points per game offensively (81.8 ppg to 81.6), while Fenerbahce are better defensively, allowing 76.1 ppg to Zalgiris’ 80.1. Zalgiris have the second-best field goal accuracy in the league with 50.8% to Fener’s 49.8%, while those two teams are the best in 3-point accuracy (42.4% to 42.2%). Team Zalgiris are better in rebounding (29.8 to 28.9), while Fener are better in turnovers committed (11.4 to 12.7), while both teams dish almost the same number of assists per game (19.5 to 19.4).
Club Zalgiris are the biggest surprise of the tournament this season but Fenerbahce have been very strong. Vegas odds give Fener a -6 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as Zalgiris will force a closer game than that, proving that they have not been here by pure luck.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce Prediction: Zalgiris Kaunas +6 (-108)
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Euroleague Semifinal Zalgiris Kaunas vs Fenerbahce Spread and Prediction