Zalgiris vs Barcelona
Barcelona had one more terrible season, at least that was the case in Euroleague. They were even worst than season ago. And that's why they have changed the head coach, again. The Serbian coach Pesic has arrived and he made some improvement right away. Barcelona has won some straight games including all three on the Spanish final 8 cup tournament. There Barcelona was better also from two Euroleague teams, Baskonia as well in the final game from Real Madrid. So Pesic once again proved how great coach he is.
But, already few days after the mentioned cup finals, Barcelona met again with Real, only this time in Euroleague. And it was huge loss for Barsa on home court. It was clear indicator how much Barcelona take care about EL anymore. Namely they are done with this competition for this season. They might win some game until the end but clearly there isn't anymore big ambitions here. After all, also Pesic was talking after won cup how next goal for Barsa is to try to win Spanish ACB. No one talks anymore about Euroleague.
On the other side we have Zalgiris who was great in this competition. They have won 14 games so far and are tied currently from 4th to 7th position. Seems like playoffs is almost sure for them but if continue like this, Zalgiris could be even 4th and thus to have home court advantage in Top 8 playoffs.
I trust here to the home team. Šarūnas Jasikevičius has made excellent team. He is doing great job here and what is interesting is the fact that exactly he figures out as the main candidate for Barcelona bench next season. Namely, Pesic is great but he is too old, he got back from coaching retirement and he is obviously only temporary solution.
Back to today's game, I won't bother you much about rosters. IMO the main thing here is Barcelona isn't too much focused on EL while Zalgiris is Max motivated and play at home court.
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Zalgiris vs Barcelona prediction
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