Fenerbahce vs Zalgiris (By: Miyagi)
This is the first game of the series, Fener has the home court advantage and the tradition as they have defeated Zalgiris in 6 of their last 7 meetings in Euroleague with Obradovic and Jasikevicius as the respective coaches of those teams.
Fener is the best performing and best-coached team in the league at the moment and Zalgiris is going to have a lot of trouble despite their recent form. This could be a tight game with lots of fighting, slow tempo, and low score but it could also turn out to be the exact opposite, so, predictions are risky here and for that reason, I will go with the player that has never failed to shine in the meetings between those teams, Sloukas.
Sloukas has failed to score more than 13 points against Zalgiris only once in their last 5 meetings, back in 2017. In their last 4 meetings, he has scored 14, 20, 14, 15, while this season he was the top scorer for Fener in both meetings. Fener doesn't have a backup point guard that can do what Sloukas does on the court (whether its iso scoring, pick and rolls, assisting, shooting from distance) thus Sloukas is going to get massive minutes in the playoffs and that makes his case stronger here. He has been amazing this season and one of his main improvements and atm strengths is his long-range shots as he is shooting above 46% for beyond the arc in Euroleague so far. Sloukas will have the freedom offensively, I can see him having a few extra FTs than his average (2.8 per game) against a team that fouls a lot and all things considered, I think this line is low for this game.
Fenerbahce vs Zalgiris predictions
|Sloukas Over 12.5 Points||Bet365||1.90||8||2 LOST (-8 units)|
Fenerbahce vs Zalgiris betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).