Two teams coming from early-week losses will try to end this double-round with a win when Valencia Basket (4-5) welcomes Zalgiris Kaunas (5-4) to La Fonteta on Friday night in a Round 10 clash. This is the 10th time that these two teams play each other in the EuroLeague, with Valencia leading the series 6-3. Valencia comes from a 73-80 home loss to Real Madrid on Tuesday despite 17 points and 3 assists by Sam Van Rossom. Zalgiris also fell on Wednesday, at Baskonia by 93-73 in spite of Edgaras Ulanovas's 18 points.
Details will decide the fate of Valencia and Zalgiris
On paper, both teams show many similar figures in most statistics. For instance, Valencia is the better scoring team, but just by 0.3 points per game. The same difference in average PIR is in favor of Zalgiris. In general, Zalgiris shows better numbers in shooting accuracy from all ranges, while Valencia fares better in assists, steals and turnovers. It all looks like it will be a matter of small details on Friday night, as one of these two teams will manage to end the double-round week with a success.
Chris Jones and Keenan Evans are leading the hosts and guests, respectively, and they will probably be in the spotlight once more. Valencia will be trying to snap a losing streak of two games by winning at home, while Zalgiris, winner of three out of its last four games, will try to recover as soon as possible to stay on the right track.