Barcelona will do its best to turnaround their Euroleague season and take revenge over Zalgiris, who last game in Palau Blaugrana 92:86 After weak performance last week Zalgiris will try to react in Barcelona, but Catalans comes to this game after 2 unplanned losses and last time Zalgiris played in Palau Blaugrana they won. But now Zalgiris comes without Kalnietis & Javtokas who scored 16 and 10 points in that game. And those huge losses to Khimki (80:111) and CSKA (59:94), clearly indicates real level of Zalgiris roster in this competition.
Barca will try to revenge and improve their table position before deciding stage of Top-16, when they host Olympiacos, CSKA, Real and travels to Khimki. Barca can’t take this game easy, but handicap is too big to jump on them. I don’t believe in another surprise from Zalgiris. Maybe they will find a way to make a good half, but Barcelona will kill them in one of the quarters. Barca is in quite difficult group situation here and might think about total points difference, which is 3rd option in tie-situations, so we should not be suprised with 20+ pts Barcelona victory here at the end.
The problem here is that Barcelona not playing their best basketball recently. But this is top-team in Europe and sooner or later they will start to roll. I hope Zalgiris will be able to fight in first half and there will be an opportunity to take Barcelona at better line (lower than -10.5). But I also took -15.5 with half-unit, because I expect another upset for Lithuanian team.
Prediction: Barcelona 88 : 65 Zalgiris
Pick: Barcelona (-15.5) @ 1.98 Pinnacle