ZAL vs PAN Dream11: Zalgiris Kaunas turn their attention towards the EuroLeague campaign as they play host to Greek giants Panathinaikos in the round-9 at Zalgiris Arena. Both the teams will be looking for a morale-boosting win following a rather average season in Europe.
Average, because they are clearly struggling in Europe, something which has never been the case in their respective domestic leagues, where both these teams are the standards. Zalgiris have opened its new domestic campaign with 10 straight wins and already boasts a three-game advantage over Rytas in 2nd place.
Panathinaikos' season looks the mirror image of Zalgiris' campaign so far. Too big a force in the domestic league with the reality been too harsh in Europe. They are also leading the Greek Basket League in the early going having won the first seven games of the season, averaging more than 100 points per game.
Panathinaikos leads the overall record against Zalgiris Kaunas as they hold a 16-6 advantage in games against the Men in Green. However, Zalgiris did the double over Panathinaikos last season, including their first-ever win in Athens, an 83-87 overtime win.
Host: Zalgiris Kaunas
Match Timing: November 18, @11:00 PM
Venue: Zalgiris Arena
Zalgiris forward Edgaras Ulanovas holds his career-high in rebounds in a single match against Panathinaikos.
Marius Grigonis has scored in double-digits in seven of his last 8 games.
Arturas Milaknis has scored at least one 3-pointer in four of his last five outings.
Jimmer Fredette has scored more than 10 points in six of his last seven games this season.
Nick Calathes has been the most consistent player for Panathinaikos this season.
Panathinaikos small forward DeShaun Thomas is averaging his career-best 14.4 points this season.
Zalgiris Kaunas: Zalgiris have registered only 14 players for EuroLeague 2019-20 season, so two players have to sit out in every game in Europe.
Zalgiris Kaunas: Laurynas Birutis has been ruled out due to a knee injury. Rokas Jokubaitis and Alex Perez have recovered from their respective injuries and will be available for selection.
Zalgiris Kaunas squad: Thomas Walkup, Karolis Lukosiunas, Arturas Milaknis, Alex Perez, Lukas Lekavicius, Nigel Hayes, Erikas Venskus, Paulius Jankunas, Martinas Geben, Zach LeDay, Jock Landale, Marius Grigonis, Kerr Kriisa, Edgaras Ulanovas
Panathinaikos team news:
Following Panathinaikos' poor form in Europe, coach Argyris Pedoulakis has been sacked, and assistant coach Giorgos Vovoras will be taking charge of the team on an interim basis.
Jimmer Fredette did not play in Round 8 and is expected to be involved in this game.
Kostas Papadakis is expected to make his EuroLeague debut in this match.
Panathinaikos: Deshaun Thomas, Tyrese Rice, Georgios Papagiannis, Ioannis Papapetrou, Nikos Pappas, Ian Vougioukas, Kostas Papadakis, Wesley Johnson, Rion Brown, Jimmer Fredette, Nick Calathes, Jacob Wiley, Dinos Mitoglou, Ben Bentil
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PF: Thomas Walkup
SF: Nigel Heyes
C: Jack Landale
PG: Marius Grigonis
SG: Edgaras Ulanovas
PF: Deshawn Thomas
SF: Kostantinos Mitoglu
C: Jacob Wiley
PG: Nick Calathes
SG: Nikos Pappas
Zalgiris Kaunas: Lukas Lekavicius, Arturas Milaknis, Zach LeDay, Alex Perez, Paulius Jankunas, Martinas Geben, Rokas Jokubaitis
Panathinaikos: Ioannis Papapetrou, Wesley Johnson, Tyrese Rice, Georgios Papgiannis, Rion Brown
ZAL vs PAN Dream11 teams:
PG: L Lekavicius, A Perez, N Calathes (SP)
SG: M Grigonis
SF: T Walkup
PF: D Thomas
C: J Landale, J Wiley
PG: L Lekavicius, N Calathes
SG: W Johnson
SF: I Papapetrou
PF: D Thomas (SP), N Hayes
C: J Landale, Z LeDay
Panathinaikos' defense has been in shambles in EuroLeague games this season. They are on the road, and face Zalgiris who are a force in home games. Backing the home team to win here is a good call.