GET OUR TOP TIPS

FOLLOW CRUNCHSPORTS

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. CSKA Moscow (19:45 BST)

Euroleague basketball returns tonight! (credit: Ryu Voelkel)
Zalgiris Kaunas play host to CSKA Moscow tonight in the Euroleague.

No team knows better than CSKA Moscow what an early stumble in the regular season can mean.

Its first-game loss last year started a chain reaction that saw CSKA's eight-year Final Four streak snapped before even the Top 16.

Zalgiris has advanced to the Top 16 after losing a home opener only once since the turn of the century. 

With a tough group and only nine games afterwards to make up the difference, this evening's loser will be climbing uphill to start the season.

What's more, both teams made ambitious roster moves in the offseason and want to see those rewarded with a momentum-building first victory.

That sentiment goes double for Zalgiris, playing its first Euroleague home game at the beautiful, new Zalgirio Arena.

Zalgiris hopes to have Milovan Rakovic back in uniform for the opener. Injuries sidelined him from the first two games in the Lithuanian League.

CSKA's frontcourt has experienced a handful of injuries recently. Forward Andrey Vorontsevich has missed time with a back injury and Viktor Khryapa is dealing with a bad ankle.

Darjus Lavrinovic has played through a hand injury, while Sasha Kaun has returned to action after a long layoff.

Much of the Zalgiris attack is based on its perimeter players, so the CSKA guards will have to be at their best on both ends of the floor.

A key matchup looms between Teodosic and Kalnietis, since the former is a key to the CSKA offense, but not renowned for his defensive skills. Javtokas must find a way to shut down CSKA's chief interior scorer, Krstic, to limit the visitors. 

Weems has been Zalgiris's top scorer so far in the Lithuanian League and could be a difference-maker in this game, but will have to also defend veteran Ramunas Siskauskas, a former MVP looking to jump-start CSKA this season in his home country.
comments powered by Disqus

All Euroleague News

Recent Euroleague Articles

  • Euroleague play-off preview for Tuesday, March 27th 2012

    The Euroleague play-offs continue on Tuesday as FC Barcelona Regal travel to Kazan knowing that a win will secure a clean sweep in their best of five series with Unics, guaranteeing them a place in the Final Four. ...

  • Euroleague play-offs - Game 1 fixtures

    Europe's top eight sides compete this week in Game One of the Euroleague play-offs as the the best-of-five ties get underway on Tuesday. ...

  • Euroleague - Maccabi Electra vs. Partizan mt:s (19:00 BST)

    Maccabi Electra v Partizan mt:s live streaming online is available on Thursday as both teams search for their first first win in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague....

  • FC Regal Barcelona vs. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (18:45 BST)

    Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions FC Barcelona Regal play host to Polish domestic champions Asseco Prokom Gdynia tonight in what is already a key game for both teams. ...

  • Real Madrid vs. Emporio Armani (18:45 BST)

    Real Madrid welcomes EA7 Emporio Armani to Spain for a Group C clash in the Euroleague tonight....

  • SLUC Nancy vs. Bizkaia Bilbao (18:45 BST)

    This is already an important game in the fight to reach the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 as SLUC Nancy hosts Bizkaia Bilbao Basket in Group A tonight....

  • Olympiacos vs. Fenerbahce Ulker (18:45 BST)

    Olympiacos and Fenerbahce Ulker meet again in the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season tonight with both teams looking for their first win in Group A....

  • Montepaschi vs. Union Olimpija (18:00 BST)

    Two Turkish Airlines Euroleague powerhouses lock horns in Italy tonight as Montepaschi host Union Olimpija....

  • Galatasaray Medical Park vs. Unics (17:00 BST)

    Two Turkish Airlines Euroleague newcomers are set for a big battle in Istanbul this evening when Galatasaray Medical Park faces reigning Eurocup champions Unics....

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • Man Utd urged to appoint Carlo Ancelotti as new manager

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is the perfect man to replace David Moyes as Manchester United manager, according to Ray Wilkins....

  • Petr Cech out for the season, Chelsea FC captain John Terry also injured

    Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder....

  • Premier League Darts - Live Stream, Week 12 schedule of play and Premier League Darts Preview

    The race for play-off places intensifies tonight as the 2014 Premier League heads to Manchester, with Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton called into action twice....

  • Ancelotti and Shaw to Man Utd? Cavani to Chelsea FC? Welbeck to Everton FC? Thursday's back pages

    The top stories making Thursday's back pages in the UK......

  • Man Utd target Ezequiel Garay not ruling out Benfica exit

    Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay insists he is happy at the club, but has refused to rule out a possible summer transfer as he continues to be linked with Manchester United....

  • Three reasons why Rafael Nadal needs to win this week's ATP Barcelona

    After his shock quarter-final loss to David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal is back in action this week and looking for a ninth ATP Barcelona title....

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Kolkata Knight Riders - Live Stream, Tips and IPL Match Preview

    Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Kolkata Knight Riders takes place today in the 11th game of the 2014 Indian Premier League....

  • Man Utd starlet Adnan Januzaj to play for Belgium

    Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj has committed his international future to Belgium....

  • Sunderland AFC can avoid relegation - Vito Mannone

    Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone believes his side have given themselves a "massive chance" to avoid relegation from the Premier League....

More Stories


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. CSKA Moscow (19:45 BST)

Zalgiris Kaunas play host to CSKA Moscow tonight in the Euroleague.

Read more »

Log In or Sign up

Facebook User?

You can use your facebook account to sign up with Live streaming sport.

Connect with facebook
Remember me.
Did you forget your password?