2018-19Regular SeasonRound 19
January 18, 2019 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA
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Records

7-11 Regular Season 8-10
7-11 Overall 8-10

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

Two EuroLeague classic teams meet again when Zalgiris (7-11) tries to snap a four-game losing streak and catch Panathinaikos (8-10) in the standings. After going 13-4 at home last season, Zalgiris is 3-7 in front of its diehard fans in this one. Brandon Davies (15 ppg.) has been its top scorer until now, followed by Nate Wolters (12 ppg.) and Aaron White (9.1 ppg.). Panathinaikos carries a six-game road losing streak. Its last win away from Athens was against Buducnost on November 2. Nick Calathes (11.2 ppg., 8.1 apg.) has been its main pillar until now, but the Greens expect a lot from recent signing Sean Kilpatrick, a scoring guard who is set to make his EuroLeague debut in Kaunas. Big man Adreian Payne, who was with the Greens last season for 12 games, has signed with them again and might be available on Friday, as well.

Marquee matchup

Slowing down Davies inside is mandatory for Panathinaikos in order to win this game. Davies has been unstoppable until now, averaging 15 points on 55.9% two-point shooting and grabbing 5.7 rebounds per game for a PIR of 17.1. Davies faces a tough challenge against former Best Defender Trophy winner Stephane Lasme, a shot-blocking specialist due to his timing and experience, who fits perfectly in Coach Rick Pitino's defensive approach.

Earlier this season

Zalgiris needed overtime to down Panathinaikos 83-87 in the Greek capital. Davies made a hard-fought tip-in with 6 seconds to go in regulation to send the game into overtime. Once in the extra period, Davies and Edgaras Ulanovas made the difference down the stretch. Davies led the winners with 18 points. Thomas Walkup added 14 for Zalgiris, while Calathes led Panathinaikos with 22 points. As such, the Greens will need a five-point win in Kaunas to get a tie-break advantage against Zalgiris.

Keys to victory: Zalgiris

Zalgiris is averaging 78.4 points per game at home this season, third worst in the league. Only Darussafaka and Buducnost score less at home. Zalgiris is shooting the ball well (54.9% 2FG, 38.8% 3FG) but picking up a lot of turnovers (14.4, first overall) at Zalgirio Arena. It will need better ball circulation in general, so Wolters and Derrick Walton must keep control of the game tempo against two more experienced players like Calathes and former Zalgiris playmaker Lukas Lekavicius.

Keys to victory: Panathinaikos

Since Coach Pitino arrived, Panathinaikos has averaged 86.5 points at home but just 66.5 on the road. Barcelona pulled down 15 offensive rebounds against the Greens last week, so controlling its own board is mandatory for Panathinaikos. Once it has those defensive rebounds, Panathinaikos can run its transition offense through Calathes, Lekavicius and Nikos Pappas, generally finding better shots.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Euroleague.net
Zalgiris Kaunas
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 DAVIES, BRANDON C 2.08 27
1 WALTON JR, DERRICK G 1.85 23
2 THOMPSON, DEON F 2.04 30
3 WOLTERS, NATE G 1.93 27
7 WALKUP, THOMAS G 1.93 26
9 WESTERMANN, LEO G 1.98 26
10 ULECKAS, LUKAS G 1.99 19
12 VENSKUS, ERIKAS C 2.05 18
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS F 2.05 34
17 BIRUTIS, LAURYNAS C 2.13 21
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS G 1.95 32
30 WHITE, AARON F 2.06 26
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS G 1.92 18
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS G 1.98 24
44 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS C 2.08 34
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS F 1.99 27
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 THOMAS, DESHAUN F 2.01 27
5 LANGFORD, KEITH G 1.93 35
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS C 2.20 21
7 LASME, STEPHANE C 2.03 36
9 SAKELLARIOU, EVANGELOS G 1.91 29
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS F 2.05 24
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS G 1.95 28
14 GIST, JAMES F 2.04 32
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN C 2.10 33
16 KALAITZAKIS, GEORGIOS G 1.99 20
19 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS G 1.81 24
23 KILPATRICK, SEAN G 1.93 29
24 LOJESKI, MATT F 1.98 33
33 CALATHES, NICK G 1.96 29
43 ANTETOKOUNMPO, THANASIS F 2.00 26
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS F 2.10 22

Player Stats

Davies, B. / 15.0 Wolters, N. / 12.0 White, A. / 9.1
Davies, B. / 5.7 White, A. / 4.7
Wolters, N. / 4.7 Walton, D. / 2.5
Calathes, N. / 8.1
Calathes, N. / 1.7
Lasme, S. / 0.8
2PT
White, A. / 62.1 % Walkup, T. / 61.5 % Kavaliauskas, A. / 60.5 %
Mitoglou, K. / 69.4 % Antetokounmpo, T. / 68.6 % Lojeski, M. / 63.6 %
3PT
Grigonis, M. / 53.1 % Westermann, L. / 47.2 % Milaknis, A. / 41.9 %
Papapetrou, I. / 39.4 % Langford, K. / 36.7 % Lojeski, M. / 33.3 %
FT
Grigonis, M. / 92.3 % Ulanovas, E. / 85.0 % White, A. / 80.4 %
Langford, K. / 83.3 % Pappas, N. / 82.6 % Gist, J. / 68.9 %
PIR
Davies, B. / 17.1 Wolters, N. / 13.1 White, A. / 11.4
Calathes, N. / 13.6 Langford, K. / 10.6

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
78.8 Points 77.9
32.7 Rebounds 31.0
9.0 O. Rebounds 10.4
23.7 D. Rebounds 20.6
17.2 Assists 16.2
5.2 Steals 7.6
1.5 Blocks 2.3
53.5 % 2PT 54.6 %
38.2 % 3PT 30.9 %
80.6 % FT 69.6 %
88.4 PIR 81.4

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
80.6 Points 79.3
29.7 Rebounds 35.1
9.8 O. Rebounds 11.1
19.9 D. Rebounds 24.0
18.3 Assists 18.0
7.2 Steals 5.5
3.0 Blocks 2.9
53.6 % 2PT 54.8 %
37.8 % 3PT 37.2 %
73.1 % FT 72.0 %
86.8 PIR 88.5
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Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

· Panathinaikos has dominated its fellow men in green, owning a 16-5 advantage in games between them this century. However, Zalgiris has won three of the last four, including its first-ever win in Athens, an 83-87 triumph in Round 4 behind 18 points from Brandon Davies and 13 points plus 8 rebounds from Aaron White.

· Panathinaikos edged Zalgiris 94-93 in Round 20 last season on a buzzer-beating basket by Nick Calathes who had 14 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds in that game. Zalgiris center Antanas Kavaliauskas scored a career-high 21 points and made a career-best 9 two-point shots in defeat.

· Zalgiris head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius played four seasons for Panathinaikos from 2007 through 2010 and again in 2011-12. In that time he helped the Greens to the 2009 EuroLeague title and to three Greek League and Greek Cup crowns. He was a teammate there of current Panathinaikos players Nick Calathes and Ian Vougioukas.

· Zalgiris team captain Paulius Jankunas and Panathinaikos guard Keith Langford were teammates at Khimki Moscow Region for the 2009-10 season.

· Langford and Zalgiris forward Arturas Milaknis were teammates at UNICS Kazan for the 2015-16 season.

· Panathinaikos center Ian Vougioukas played for Zalgiris during the 2015-16 season, when he was a teammate of current Zalgiris players Paulius Jankunas and Edgaras Ulanovas and played under Coach Jasikevicius.

· Panathinaikos guard Lukas Lekavicius grew up with Zalgiris Kaunas and spent his first three professional seasons there before joining Panathinaikos. He has been a teammate of several current Zalgiris players and played under Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius.

· Langford earned MVP of the Round honors in December 2010 when he posted his career-high index rating (42), playing for Khimki against Zalgiris. He netted 35 points and had 4 assists and 2 steals in that game.

· Langford matched his career-high with 3 steals twice against Zalgiris in 2012, first playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv and then for AX Milan.

· During the EuroLeague Playoffs last season, Ioannis Papapetrou matched his career-best in total rebounds with 8 and set a career-high with 5 offensive rebounds playing for Olympiacos Piraeus against Zalgiris.

· Papapetrou also set a career-high with 3 blocks playing for Olympiacos against Zalgiris in December 2016.

· Edgaras Ulanovas posted his career high in rebounds with 11 in an 80-74 home win over Panathinaikos in December of last season.

· Nate Wolters grabbed a career-high 9 rebounds in his team's Round 4 win over Panathinaikos.

· Lukas Lekavicius set a career-high with 4 steals against his current team, Panathinaikos, playing for Zalgiris in November 2005.

Monday, January 14, 2019
Euroleague.net

Zalgiris Kaunas

Roster
Eleven different players have appeared in the Zalgiris starting lineup so far this season; Brandon Davies is the only player to start in every game.
Streaks
Marius Grigonis has made 8 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Arturas Milaknis has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 of his last 14 EuroLeague games.
Brandon Davies has posted double figures in both points and PIR in nine of his last 10 EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Brandon Davies is second in the league in scoring this season with 15.0 points per game.
Marius Grigonis is tied for second in the league in free throw accuracy this season at 92.3% and ranks fourth in three-point accuracy at 53.1%.
Records/Milestones
Paulius Jankunas is second in EuroLeague history with 1,715 career rebounds. Real Madrid's Felipe Reyes is first with 1,761.
Jankunas ranks fourth on the all-time charts with 2,930 points. Reyes enters this round in third place with 2,965 points.
Jankunas needs 6 offensive rebounds to become the just the second player in competition history with 500 offensive rebounds.
Jankunas is 4 blocked shots away from 100 for his career.
No player has started more games in EuroLeague history than Jankunas, who has 258 career starts.

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Roster
Eleven different players have appeared in the starting lineup in EuroLeague games for Panathinaikos this season.
Nick Calathes is the only player to start every EuroLeague game for Panathinaikos this season.
Evangelos Sakellariou is set to make his EuroLeague debut.
New signing Adreian Payne may make his first appearance for Panathinaikos this season.
Streaks
Nick Calathes has collected at least 1 steal in 15 of his last 16 EuroLeague games.
Calathes has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Nick Calathes leads the league in assists with 8.1 per game and is the leader in steals with 1.7 per game.
Records/Milestones
Stephane Lasme ranks sixth all-time with 174 blocks. Ioannis Bourousis is fifth with 194.
Stephane Lasme needs 2 steals to reach 100 for his career.
Calathes ranks ninth all-time with 864 assists. Nikos Zisis is eighth with 885.
Calathes ranks 11th all-time with 240 steals. Victor Khryapa is 10th with 241.
Calathes needs 1 more offensive rebound to reach 100 for his career.
James Gist needs 4 more steals to reach 200 for his career.
Keith Langford needs 4 more offensive rebounds to reach 100 for his career.
Ioannis Papapetrou needs 4 three-point shots to reach 100 for his career.

Monday, January 14, 2019
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
5 - 16
Zalgiris Kaunas Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Zalgiris Kaunas
Home record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 4-6
Away record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 1-10
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
Home record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 10-1
Away record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 6-4

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 26 October 2018 Regular Season Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 83 - 87 Zalgiris Kaunas
2017-18 25 January 2018 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 94 - 93 Zalgiris Kaunas
2017-18 07 December 2017 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 80 - 74 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2016-17 09 March 2017 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 64 - 58 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2016-17 14 October 2016 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 84 - 76 Zalgiris Kaunas
2015-16 17 December 2015 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 72 - 75 Panathinaikos Athens
2015-16 13 November 2015 Regular Season Panathinaikos Athens 91 - 56 Zalgiris Kaunas
2014-15 13 March 2015 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 76 - 70 Panathinaikos Athens
2014-15 16 January 2015 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 77 - 58 Zalgiris Kaunas
2012-13 21 February 2013 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 73 - 78 Panathinaikos Athens
2012-13 28 December 2012 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 67 - 66 Zalgiris Kaunas
2011-12 07 December 2011 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 59 - 94 Panathinaikos Athens
2011-12 04 November 2011 Regular Season Panathinaikos Athens 92 - 75 Zalgiris Kaunas
2008-09 04 December 2008 Regular Season Zalgiris 69 - 80 Panathinaikos
2008-09 22 October 2008 Regular Season Panathinaikos 78 - 51 Zalgiris
2004-05 17 March 2005 Top 16 Panathinaikos 83 - 78 Zalgiris
2004-05 24 February 2005 Top 16 Zalgiris 73 - 84 Panathinaikos
2003-04 08 January 2004 Regular Season Panathinaikos 91 - 80 Zalgiris
2003-04 06 November 2003 Regular Season Zalgiris 80 - 74 Panathinaikos
2002-03 18 December 2002 Regular Season Panathinaikos 98 - 84 Zalgiris
2002-03 17 October 2002 Regular Season Zalgiris 79 - 94 Panathinaikos