2019-20Regular SeasonRound 21
January 24, 2020 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA
Australia: KAYO
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Balkans: NOVA SPORT
New Zealand: NBL TV
Baltic: TVPLAY SPORTS, PREMIUM
Spain: DAZN
Brazil: DAZN
Turkey: beIN SPORTS
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 6
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Germany: MAGENTA SPORT
United States of America: FLOHOOPS
Greece: NOVASPORTS 4HD
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Israel: 5LIVE

Records

6-14 Regular Season 7-13
6-14 Overall 7-13

Referees

Crew Chief
PATERNICO, CARMELO
Umpire 1
HORDOV, TOMISLAV
Umpire 2
NEDOVIC, MILAN

The Take

Zalgiris (6-14) comes off a narrow road loss against Panathinaikos but has been doing better. After a recent nine-game losing streak, Zalgiris went on to win three of its next five games. ALBA (7-13) comes off a triumphant double-round week, with road wins against Olympiacos and Zvezda, and now looks for another one. Zach LeDay (10.9 ppg.), Lukas Lekavicius (10.8) and Jock Landale (10.5) are leading Zalgiris right now. Rokas Giedraitis (13.5) is ALBA's top scorer, followed by Marcus Eriksson (10.9) and Martin Hermannsson (10.7).

Marquee matchup

As expected, Zalgiris Kaunas head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius is bringing out the best in Lekavicius. In the last four games, Lekavicius has averaged 19.3 points on 65.4% two-pointers, 66.6% three-pointers and 100% free throws, good for a PIR average of 20.3. He will not have it easy against Peyton Siva, a pass-first playmaker and a solid scorer with unlimited range who is ready for a big challenge now that he is injury-free.

Earlier this season

In Round 11, ALBA topped Zalgiris 69-62 in front of over 10,000 fans at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Neils Giffey led the winners with 13 points. Hermannsson added 11 while Luke Sikma and Landy Nnoko each had 10 for ALBA. LeDay led Zalgiris with 15 points. ALBA limited Zalgiris to just 2-of-23 three-point shots, its second-worst percentage (8.7%) in 408 EuroLeague games played this century.

Keys to victory: Zalgiris

Zalgiris is hitting just a third of its three-point shots (78-of-234, 33.3%) at home and is also struggling (49.0%) inside the arc. Feeding off its crowd's energy will be very important for Zalgiris, as well as sharing the ball better, considering that it ranks 17th assists at 15.7 per game. Lekavicius has been on fire lately, but he will need help, especially from his frontcourt teammates, to make Zalgiris as competitive as it can be.

Keys to victory: ALBA

ALBA leads the EuroLeague in turnovers (14.5 per game), a critical issue to make the most out of its run-and-gun offense. ALBA is also first in assists (19.8 apg.) despite not having the best shooting percentages (50.3% 2FG, 38.8% 3FG). Overcoming the strong basketball atmosphere at Zalgirio Arena will be important for ALBA, as well as getting its most experienced players – Sikma, Siva and Giedraitis – involved on offense.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Euroleague.net
Zalgiris Kaunas
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 WALKUP, THOMAS G 1.93 27
1 RIVERS, KC G 1.96 32
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS G 1.80 25
10 HAYES, NIGEL F 2.03 25
12 VENSKUS, ERIKAS C 2.05 19
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS F 2.05 35
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS F 1.95 22
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS G 1.95 33
23 GEBEN, MARTINAS C 2.08 25
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS G 1.93 19
32 LEDAY, ZACH F 2.02 25
34 LANDALE, JOCK C 2.11 24
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS G 1.98 25
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS F 1.99 28
ALBA Berlin
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 MASON, MAKAI G 1.85 24
3 SIVA, PEYTON G 1.82 29
5 GIFFEY, NIELS F 2.00 28
6 DELOW, MALTE G 1.94 18
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS G 2.01 26
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS G 1.94 20
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM F 2.08 22
11 BRENNEKE, LORENZ F 2.04 20
15 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN G 1.90 25
16 NIKIC, KRESIMIR C 2.13 20
25 OGBE, KENNETH G 1.98 25
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS F 2.00 27
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES C 2.05 25
34 CAVANAUGH, TYLER F 2.06 25
35 NNOKO, LANDRY C 2.08 25
43 SIKMA, LUKE F 2.03 30
44 PENO, STEFAN G 1.93 22

Player Stats

Leday, Z. / 11.0 Lekavicius, L. / 10.8 Landale, J. / 10.7
Leday, Z. / 4.6 Landale, J. / 4.5
Sikma, L. / 6.4 Nnoko, L. / 5.9
Siva, P. / 5.4 Hermannsson, M. / 5.0 Sikma, L. / 4.2
Walkup, T. / 1.3
Leday, Z. / 0.7
Nnoko, L. / 0.9 Sikma, L. / 0.7
2PT
Landale, J. / 60.6% Lekavicius, L. / 59.6% Walkup, T. / 50.0%
Nnoko, L. / 60.7% Giedraitis, R. / 52.8% Sikma, L. / 52.0%
3PT
Walkup, T. / 47.4% Lekavicius, L. / 40.0% Milaknis, A. / 37.8%
Giffey, N. / 52.2% Eriksson, M. / 47.3% Cavanaugh, T. / 42.9%
FT
Leday, Z. / 87.7% Lekavicius, L. / 87.0% Walkup, T. / 82.4%
Hermannsson, M. / 88.6% Giffey, N. / 84.8% Giedraitis, R. / 84.7%
PIR
Walkup, T. / 12.4 Leday, Z. / 11.8 Lekavicius, L. / 10.9
Sikma, L. / 16.5 Giedraitis, R. / 14.6 Nnoko, L. / 11.7

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
77.0 Points 84.8
33.0 Rebounds 33.9
11.2 O. Rebounds 11.3
21.8 D. Rebounds 22.6
15.5 Assists 19.8
5.8 Steals 7.1
1.7 Blocks 2.4
52.0% 2PT 50.3%
33.7% 3PT 38.8%
82.8% FT 80.2%
81.6 PIR 92.4

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
77.9 Points 88.4
32.3 Rebounds 34.8
10.5 O. Rebounds 10.5
21.9 D. Rebounds 24.3
16.8 Assists 19.9
6.1 Steals 7.5
3.2 Blocks 2.4
53.5% 2PT 57.0%
36.4% 3PT 38.1%
77.9% FT 81.0%
84.9 PIR 99.7

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin
"I am very happy to see so many of our injured players finally back on the court - hopefully for the rest of the season. Also this week we had more days for practice than usually, which is very good, too. Zalgiris has no big stars like Barcelona or Maccabi, but they belong to the teams in the EuroLeague, which play with the best mentality and intensity, especially at home. Eight weeks ago we beat them in Berlin, but Zalgiris shot the ball with a very bad percentage and on Friday in Kaunas they for sure will do better."

Players

GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS
ALBA Berlin
"I assume that they will have a special eye on me in Kaunas. But to play in Kaunas is special not only for me, but for the whole team, because in this atmosphere you soon recognize, how much the people in Lithuania love this game. Saras and Aito are very different coaches and also prefer different playing styles. But both teams know how to play their way and in the end it counts, who scores more baskets. Hopefully on Friday this will be us."

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. ALBA Berlin

· The home team has won every EuroLeague game these teams have played. 

· Marius Grigonis played for ALBA in the 2017-18 season. He played under head coach Aito Garcia Reneses and was a teammate of Peyton Siva, Niels Giffey, Jonas Mattisseck, Tim Schneider, Kresimir Nikic, Luke Sikma and Stefan Peno.

· ALBA forward Rokas Giedraitis played on the Lithuanian national team over the summer at the 2019 Basketball World Cup. He was a teammate there of current Zalgiris players Marius Grigonis, Paulius Jankunas, Lukas Lekavicius and Edgaras Ulanovas.

· ALBA swingman Niels Giffey matched his career-high in index rating with 21 in ALBA's win over Zalgiris in Round 11.

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Euroleague.net

Zalgiris Kaunas

Roster
Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius has used 12 different starters this season. Only Edgaras Ulanovas has started every game.
Arturas Milaknis has made 168 consecutive appearances in the competition, the longest active streak and the fourth-longest this century.
Marius Grigonis is expected to be sidelined until March after undergoing foot surgery.

Streaks
Jock Landale has posted double-digit PIRs in seven of his last eight appearances.
Marius Grigonis has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 of his last 11 appearances.
Arturas Milaknis has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine straight games. 
K.C. Rivers has made at least 1 steal in eight of his last nine games.
Lukas Lekavicius has made 24 consecutive free throws.

Rankings
Thomas Walkup ranks ninth this season with 5.1 assists per game.

Records/Milestones
Paulius Jankunas is the all-time EuroLeague leader with 1,785 rebounds.
Jankunas is also the EuroLeague's all-time leader with 1,274 defensive rebounds.
Jankunas ranks fourth all-time with 511 offensive rebounds.
Jankunas ranks fourth all-time with 3,017 points.
Jankunas ranks fifth all-time with 3,696 performance index rating points.
Jankunas is in fourth place all-time with 956 two-pointers made; Felipe Reyes is third with 964 and counting.
Jankunas ranks fifth all-time with 691 free throws made.
Jankunas is 4 blocked shots away from 100 for his career.
No EuroLeague player has started more games than Jankunas, who has 265 career starts.
Arturas Milaknis ranks 12th place all-time with 351 three-point shots made. Dimitris Diamantidis is 11th with 372.
Marius Grigonis ranks fourth all-time in free throw accuracy at 91.53%.
Edgaras Ulanovas needs 4 more three-point shots to reach 100 for his career.

ALBA Berlin         

Roster
Luke Sikma is the only player to have started every game for ALBA this season.
ALBA has registered 17 players for EuroLeague action, so at least five must sit out every game.
Stefan Peno is recovering from a knee injury sustained last season.

Streaks
Markus Eriksson has made at least 1 three-point shot in 12 straight and 24 of his last 25 games.
Rokas Giedraitis has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 games.
Giedraitis has scored in double figures in eight of his last nine games. 
Giedraitis has posted double-digit PIRs in each of his last 10 games. 
Giedraitis has a steal in nine of his last 10 games.
Luke Sikma has posted double-figure PIRs in nine straight and 15 of his last 16 games.
Sikma has scored 10 or more points in eight of his last nine games.
Martin Hermannsson has scored 13 or more points in six consecutive games.
Martin Hermannsson has posted double-figure PIRs in five of his last six games.

Rankings
Luke Sikma ranks seventh this season with 6.4 rebounds per game.
Peyton Siva ranks sixth this season with 5.4 assists per game, and Martin Hermannsson ranks 10th with 5.0 assists on average.
Niels Giffey ranks third this season in three-point accuracy at 52.2%.
Rokas Giedraitis is tied for third in steals this season with 1.5 per game.

Records/Milestones
Niels Giffey ranks 14th all-time with 45.7% three-point accuracy for his career.
Eriksson is 22 points shy of 500 for his career.

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
2 - 3
Zalgiris Kaunas ALBA Berlin
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Zalgiris Kaunas
Home record vs. ALBA Berlin: 2-0
Away record vs. ALBA Berlin: 0-3
ALBA Berlin
Home record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 3-0
Away record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 0-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2019-20 28 November 2019 Regular Season ALBA Berlin 69 - 62 Zalgiris Kaunas
2014-15 04 March 2015 Top 16 ALBA Berlin 80 - 72 Zalgiris Kaunas
2014-15 09 January 2015 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 75 - 62 ALBA Berlin
2012-13 29 March 2013 Top 16 Alba Berlin 77 - 55 Zalgiris Kaunas
2012-13 31 January 2013 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 92 - 56 Alba Berlin