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Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas prediction and odds

Both Zalgiris and Real Madrid began the new 2023-24 EuroLeague season with back-to-back wins. Both teams target a Final Four appearance. Defending EuroLeague champions Real continue to be the team to beat though and after 2 away games Los Blancos will be excited to play their first home match of the competition. Here are our Real Madrid vs Zalgiris predictions.

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Real Madrid vs Zalgiris – game predictions

Below are our Real Madrid vs Zalgiris predictions. You can find more EuroLeague predictions here.

Prediction 1: Real Madrid over 88.5 points @ 4/5 (1.80)  

Real Madrid scored 93 points or more in all of their last 4 matches in all competitions. Los Blancos also scored at least 89 points in their last 4 home games vs Zalgiris. Real average 91.0 points per game after 2 rounds, despite both of their matches so far being on the road. The combination of all that makes us believe that Real will score at least 89 points yet again in the coming clash.

Prediction 2: Dzanan Musa under 13.5 points @ 3/4 (1.75)

Our second prediction looks at Real’s forward Dzanan Musa. We don’t think Musa will score more than 13 points in this match. He is yet to do so this season in the EuroLeague. Musa scored 13 and 10 points in the first 2 games.

He’s been shooting only 28.5% from beyond the arc in those two matches and we don’t think he will improve that much to back him to go over 13.5 points against a Zalgiris team that defend their perimeter very well anyway.

These odds were correct at the time of writing.

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Real Madrid news, injuries, and starting lineups

Like true champions, Real Madrid began the defence of their EuroLeague title with two impressive wins. Los Blancos are also undefeated in the Spanish league where they already beat their fierce rivals Barcelona twice this season.

Last week Yabusele was a beast in Istanbul when Real cruised to an easy 103-80 win vs the strong Efes side. Yabusele had 22 points and 8 rebounds in this match. His display earned him the award for MVP of round 2 too.

Real have been without their gifted forward Rudy Fernandez in the last 2 games. He hurt his ankle in round 1 of the EuroLeague. His absence is going unnoticed though as the new playmaker Facundo Campazzo is playing some excellent basketball. His ability to provide assists for his teammates, combined with his desire to push the tempo in transition make Real a very tough team to handle right now.

Real Madrid Injury Report:

Rudy Fernandez SF – ruled out

Carlos Alocen SG – doubtful

Real Madrid Starting Lineup:

Facundo Campazzo, Fabien Causeur, Dzanan Musa, Walter Tavares, Guerschon Yabusele

Zalgiris news, injuries, and starting lineups

Zalgiris are one of only four teams to have won both their games so far. The Lithuanians were far from convincing though and both times they achieved unlikely comebacks in the final quarter to triumph.

Against Virtus Bologna, they erased a 15-point deficit thanks to the efforts of Keenan Evans. Last week they trailed Crvena Zvezda by 9 points with only 5 minutes left to play but a few decisive baskets from Arnas Butkevicius saw Zalgiris steal another dramatic win.

The Lithuanians shoot the ball very well from beyond the arc but they struggle defensively and continue to start matches slow.

Zalgiris Injury Report:

N/A

Zalgiris Starting Lineup:

Kevarrius Hayes, Edgaras Ulanovas, Keenan Evans, Rolands Smits, Tomas Dimsa

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Real Madrid vs Zalgiris head-to-head record since 2000

Los Blancos hold a decisive 23-5 lead in the clashes between the teams from year 2000 onward. Real also won all of their last 5 home games vs Zalgiris.

  • 23.02.23 EUR Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas 96-69
  • 15.12.22 EUR Zalgiris Kaunas vs Real Madrid 81-72
  • 13.09.22 CF Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas 89-81
  • 24.02.22 EUR Zalgiris Kaunas vs Real Madrid 68-47
  • 12.11.21 EUR Real Madrid vs Zalgiris Kaunas 95-82

Real Madrid vs Zalgiris game details

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, October 17th, 2023 at 19:45 GMT
  • Venue: WiZink Center in Madrid, Spain
  • Where to watch the match in the UK: EuroLeagueTV, Eurosport 2, Eurosport Player


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Iskra

Iskra had a promising, at least she believed so, tennis and volleyball careers as a junior but a series of injuries ended her hopes to become a professional athlete very early.

Instead, she focused all her energy on her other passion, writing. For over a decade, Iskra had been a freelance sports writer. Football, basketball and tennis are the main fields of her expertise.