Zalgiris – Crvena Zvezda preview – Round 24

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Zalgiris – Crvena Zvezda

Zalgiris Kaunas (13-11) returns home after back-to-back-to-back games in Spain to take on Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade (7-17) on Tuesday in a game that was originally scheduled for Round 24. Marius Grigonis (14.2 ppg., 45.9% 3FG), Joffrey Lauvergne (11.4 ppg., 5.9 rpg.) and Nigel Hayes (9.0 ppg.) have been Zalgiris’s top scorers so far this season. Zvezda, traveling depleted due to COVID-19, is on a four-game losing streak and has only registered one EuroLeague victory so far in 2021, though Jordan Loyd (17.1 ppg.) has been the competition’s third-best scorer this season to date.

  • Zalgiris swingman Patricio Garino is nearing his return after a knee operation.
  • Steve Vasturia returned to action last week after being sidelined with a knee injury since Round 12.

Zalgiris ranks second in the EuroLeague in three-point shooting (42.7%) and leads the competition with 85.92% free-throw shooting, which is the second-best percentage in EuroLeague history. Zalgiris, however, ranks 15th in free throw attempts (14.5 per game) and needs to be more aggressive to make the most of its accuracy by going to the foul line more often. On defense, Zalgiris should be able to control the game rhythm by putting pressure on Zvezda’s depleted backcourt, which will see youngster Aleksa Uskokovic and emergency ball carriers Davidovac and Loyd handle point guard duties.

  • Marko Simonovic, who has missed the last seven games with an injury, returned to action in Round 25.
  • Cory Walden, Langston Hall, Landry Nnoko, Duop Reath and Quino Colom all missed Round 25 because of COVID-19.
  • Johnny O’Bryant has not played in the last two games.

Zvezda ranks last in two-point shooting percentage (49.7%) and needs to improve its ball circulation; it also ranks last in assists per turnover at 1.07. The team will need to take good care of the basketball and find a way to account for Lauvergne inside. On defense, Zvezda must be ready to reach out for three-point shots, as Zalgiris relies on Arturas Milaknis, Grigonis and Lekavicius to make the difference with their range.

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