Zalgiris Kaunas vs CSKA Moscow will be the 9th round of this year Euroleague, which will take place in Zalgirio Arena (Kaunas). So far both teams were showing good results, while CSKA lost only two times, Zalgiris was destroyed in the last round against Maccabi. So this should be a very interesting game. To have more insights on this Zalgiris Kaunas vs CSKA Moscow game, please read our preview below.
Lithuanians started this season very well with 4 wins in a row, however, some of those teams were playing with not all players due to Coronavirus. And once they started facing teams that are in full capacity, there started to seem problems. The biggest problem so far is defense. Real managed to score 93 points, Valencia 94 and in the previous round, they lost against Maccabi 85:57. So, the first thing they need to improve is the defense, however, against Maccabi it seemed that players did not try to give their best once opponents started to run forward and score from long range. Considering that the opponent is once again a tough one, Schiller has to find proper means to motivate players to give their all not only on offense, but also on the defense.
The Russians so far have suffered two losses, but both were when it was least expected-against Alba and Crvena Zvezda. But after those losses CSKA defeated Valencia, Panathinaikos, Baskonia. Once again they seem to be the team that is the 1st place contender. However, their opponent once again is not the easy one, because every game with Zalgiris is close on. There were rumors that Mike James had some problems with couch Itoudis and might be leaving the team. If so, it makes a lot of problems for CSKA, because the player is very important for the team and to replace him on such moment is almost impossible. However, it is not official, so it is too early to speculate, nevertheless, this should be a close game.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs CSKA Moscow
Both teams have faced each other 6 times in the past 2 years and both shared 3 wins. However, CSKA managed to win 3 last games.