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Euroleague Zalgiris Kaunas vs Lyon-Villeurbanne 10/1/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The French Champions of Lyon-Villeurbanne are hosting the Lithuanian Champions Zalgiris Kaunas at the Astroballe Arena in Lyon on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 14:00 ET in this first round battle of Euroleague Basketball. Both teams finished well outside the top-8 of the league last year and did not participate in the playoffs. 

 

Lyon finished last season with a 13-21 record and were placed in the 14th place of the league. They were 1-7 in their last eight games of last season and in their last game they defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv at home with a 67-74 score. They played amazing defense, holding their opponents into just 38.1% from inside and with 20% from outside the arc. Only one of their players scored double digits and that was Norris Cole with 17 points.  

 

Cole led the team both in scoring with 13.7 ppg and in assists made with 3.6 per game. David Lighty followed with 11.3 ppg and 2.8 rebounds per game. 

 

Lyon had the second-worse offense in the league last year with 76.7 ppg, while allowing 80.6 ppg defensively. They had a 47.4% field goal percentage and a 39.3% 3-point percentage. 

 

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Euroleague Zalgiris Kaunas vs Lyon-Villeurbanne Predictions 10/1/2021

 

Zalgiris finished last season with a 17-17 record and were placed 11th in the league. They were 2-5 in their last seven games of last season and in their last game they defeated Panathinaikos at home with a 93-78 score. They shot the ball extremely well, connecting to 61.1% of their shots from the paint and 46.4% from downtown. Lukas Lekavicius led the way with 20 points and 3 rebounds, while Thomas Walkup added 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. 

 

Marius Grigonis led the team in scoring with 13.4 ppg, adding 3.3 assists per game. Joffrey Lauvergne followed with 10.7 ppg and a team-high 5.6 rebounds per game. 

 

Zalgiris had the third-worse offense in the league last year with 77.4 ppg, while allowing 77.8 ppg defensively. They had a 48.6% field goal percentage and the best 3-point percentage with 42.1%. 

 

Zalgiris won both meetings against Lyon last year. At home with an 85-75 score and on the road with 74-83. They are 5-1 in their previous six matchups and have won their last two meetings in Lyon. Lyon had an 8-9 home record last year, while Zalgiris were 7-10 on the road. Zalgiris have the historical advantage in Lyon, so I’m going to pick them to beat the odds. 

 

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Euroleague Zalgiris Kaunas vs Lyon-Villeurbanne 10/1/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 14:00 ET 

 

Location: Astroballe Arena in Lyon, France

 

Date: Friday, October 1, 2021

 

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Euroleague Odds/Point Spread: Lyon-Villeurbanne -4

 

Euroleague Totals: +153

 

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