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Records

12-7 Regular Season 10-10
12-7 Overall 10-10

Referees

Crew Chief
GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS
Umpire 1
JOVCIC, MILIVOJE
Umpire 2
BISSANG, JOSEPH

The Take

Zenit looks to continue dominance over Efes

Zenit St Petersburg will look for its fourth consecutive victory over Anadolu Efes Istanbul when it hosts the reigning champion on Thursday. Zenit (12-7) swept its regular-season games against Efes (10-10) last season and recorded a 79-90 victory in Round 8 in November this season. Conner Frankamp led the way for Zenit with 18 points, but is not expected to play this week due to an ankle injury. Zenit had won four in a row before falling to AS Monaco last week. Coach Xavi Pascual’s men are 6-4 at home this season. In its last game, Efes edged Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 82-81 on a late Adrien Moerman triple to end a two-game slide. The champs are 3-7 on the road this season. 

Marquee matchup: Zenit’s Mickey vs. Efes’s Dunston 

Zenit St Petersburg and Anadolu Efes Istanbul may be teams best known for their guard play, but it could be the centers who play the most important roles this week. With Arturas Gudaitis sidelined, Jordan Mickey played 39 minutes last week and delivered 18 points and 5 blocks last week. He could be in for a heavy workload this week when he faces the EuroLeague’s all-time leader in blocks, Bryant Dunston. The Efes center has been in great form and averaging 13.7 points on 72.7% shooting, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks over his last three games. Controlling the paint will be critical this week and Mickey and Dunston may have the biggest roles. 

Keys to victory: Zenit vs. Efes 

Rebounding may be of the utmost importance for Zenit St Petersburg when it faces Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Zenit has outrebounded opponents by an average of 4.5 boards per game – including 7 when it beat Efes earlier this season. With Arturas Gudaitis out, Zenit will need Jordan Mickey, Alex Poythress and Andrey Zubkov to step up on defense and the glass to maintain that advantage because it can ill-afford to give Efes’s powerful attack second chances.

Efes’s defense has had its struggles so far this season, allowing an average of 79.4 points per game. The team is 3-6 when it has allowed opponents to score at least 80. However, when the offense gets going, Efes is at its best. The team is 9-2 when it has scored 80. Scoring that many points against Zenit won’t be easy; it has allowed 80 points only three times all season, but it lost all three of those games. Pushing the pace and wearing down the Zenit defense may be the key for Efes to win in St Petersburg.  

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Euroleague.net

Player Stats

Loyd, J. / 13.2 Baron, B. / 10.4 Mickey, J. / 9.9
Micic, V. / 16.6 Larkin, S. / 14.2 Pleiss, T. / 9.8
Ponitka, M. / 5.2 Mickey, J. / 4.5
Moerman, A. / 5.4
Loyd, J. / 3.7 Ponitka, M. / 2.6
Larkin, S. / 5.1 Micic, V. / 3.6 Simon, K. / 2.9
Larkin, S. / 1.4 Micic, V. / 1.2
Dunston, B. / 0.8
2PT
Poythress, A. / 63.6% Gudaitis, A. / 61.0% Frankamp, C. / 55.1%
Dunston, B. / 66.7% Petrusev, F. / 60.3% Pleiss, T. / 60.0%
3PT
Frankamp, C. / 43.8% Kulagin, D. / 41.4% Mickey, J. / 39.6%
Beaubois, R. / 38.9% Moerman, A. / 38.7% Larkin, S. / 36.9%
FT
Baron, B. / 85.4% Loyd, J. / 81.0% Poythress, A. / 80.6%
Larkin, S. / 93.8% Micic, V. / 87.5% Moerman, A. / 78.1%
PIR
Loyd, J. / 13.9
Larkin, S. / 18.9 Micic, V. / 14.6 Moerman, A. / 11.2

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
74.0 Points 82.0
34.5 Rebounds 33.2
10.8 O. Rebounds 9.3
23.7 D. Rebounds 23.9
15.1 Assists 16.8
5.2 Steals 6.5
2.8 Blocks 2.4
52.8% 2PT 55.5%
36.4% 3PT 34.2%
72.3% FT 82.8%
78.7 PIR 93.8

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
72.6 Points 79.4
30.0 Rebounds 35.4
8.5 O. Rebounds 10.5
21.5 D. Rebounds 24.9
15.6 Assists 17.9
7.2 Steals 5.7
2.9 Blocks 2.6
51.8% 2PT 51.6%
35.3% 3PT 37.8%
71.1% FT 79.5%
78.8 PIR 84.9

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
3 - 1
Zenit St Petersburg Anadolu Efes Istanbul
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Zenit St Petersburg
Home record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 1-0
Away record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 2-1
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Home record vs. Zenit St Petersburg: 1-2
Away record vs. Zenit St Petersburg: 0-1

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2021-22 05 November 2021 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 79 - 90 Zenit St Petersburg
2020-21 21 January 2021 Regular Season Zenit St Petersburg 85 - 78 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2020-21 01 October 2020 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 69 - 73 Zenit St Petersburg
2019-20 14 November 2019 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 90 - 88 Zenit St Petersburg