2020-21Regular SeasonRound 6
October 29, 2020 CET: 18:00
Local time: 18:00 ASTROBALLE
Balkans: SPORTKLUB5
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Baltic: TV3 SPORT, GO3
Spain: DAZN
France: RMC SPORT 4
Turkey: beIN SPORTS
Germany: MAGENTA SPORT
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Greece: NOVASPORTS 4HD
Lithuania: LRT
Israel: 5STARS
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

0-2 Regular Season 4-1
0-2 Overall 4-1

Referees

Crew Chief
CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS
Umpire 1
ALIAGA, JORDI
Umpire 2
KOWALSKI, MARCIN

The Take

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne returns to action on Thursday to host league-leader Zalgiris Kaunas. ASVEL is back after missing three games due to COVID-19 infections at the club and it will seek its first win of the season. Zalgiris will look to bounce back after suffering its first loss, 82-94, at home against Valencia Basket. The Lithuanian champs are undefeated in three road games this season. 

Marquee matchup

Zalgiris center Joffrey Lauvergne returns to his native country to take on might Moustapha Fall in an intriguing battle in the paint. Fall was superb to start the season with 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks for ASVEL. At 2.18 meters, he has a distinct size advantage over Lauvergne (2.11), but the latter will combat him with his quick feet and a bevy of low-post moves, making this an exciting duel to keep an eye on. 

 History lesson 

Zalgiris has won four of its last five games between these sides, including a sweep last season. Zalgiris's 74-79 victory in Round 22 was the team's first road win over ASVEL. Lukas Lekavicius scored 21 points off the bench to lead the winners. 

 Keys to victory: ASVEL

After such a long time away from the court, ASVEL will be highly motivated but also perhaps out of rhythm. ASVEL averaged a mere 68.0 points in its first two games on 27.7% three-point shooting with 16.0 turnovers, so getting points against a tough Zalgiris side will be a challenge. Getting the team's would-be shooters and scorers such as Norris Cole, Charles Kahudi, David Lighty and Allerik Freeman going early is vital to ASVEL's chances. 

 Keys to victory: Zalgiris 

 Zalgiris scored 84 points in Round 5, but was beaten because it was outrebounded by 10 and allowed its opponents to score 94 points on excellent shooting percentages. Joffrey Lauvergne, Nigel Hayes and Augustine Rubit will be charged with locking down the boards in Villeurbanne and the team as a whole can be expected to play with more defensive aggressiveness to get back on the winning track. 

Monday, October 26, 2020
Euroleague.net
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
# Player Pos. H. Age
2 FREEMAN, ALLERIK G 1.90 25
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES F 1.96 34
6 LACOMBE, PAUL G 1.98 30
8 DIOT, ANTOINE G 1.93 31
9 LOMAZS, RIHARDS F 1.87 24
10 FALL, MOUSTAPHA C 2.18 28
11 NDJOCK, ELWIN F 1.93 19
12 NOUA, AMINE C 2.02 23
13 HAYES, KEVARRIUS F 2.05 23
16 HOUINSOU, KYMANY G 1.96 16
17 MARSH, MATT C 2.11 18
21 BAKO, ISMAEL C 2.08 25
23 LIGHTY, DAVID F 1.95 32
25 HOWARD, WILLIAM F 2.03 27
28 YABUSELE, GUERSCHON F 2.02 24
30 COLE, NORRIS G 1.88 32
32 STRAZEL, MATTHEW G 1.82 18
Zalgiris Kaunas
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 WALKUP, THOMAS G 1.93 27
1 BLAZEVIC, MAREK C 2.09 19
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS G 1.80 26
7 GARINO, PATRICIO F 2.01 27
10 HAYES, NIGEL F 2.03 25
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS F 2.05 36
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS F 1.95 23
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS G 1.95 34
23 GEBEN, MARTINAS C 2.08 26
24 RUBIT, AUGUSTINE F 2.03 31
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS G 1.93 19
32 VASTURIA, STEVE G 1.96 25
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS G 1.98 26
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY C 2.11 29

Player Stats

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
68.0 Points 79.6
33.0 Rebounds 30.6
7.0 O. Rebounds 8.8
26.0 D. Rebounds 21.8
16.0 Assists 18.2
7.0 Steals 5.6
3.5 Blocks 1.2
59.7% 2PT 57.5%
27.7% 3PT 41.1%
67.6% FT 88.5%
69.5 PIR 91.2

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
76.0 Points 74.6
35.5 Rebounds 28.4
11.5 O. Rebounds 8.4
24.0 D. Rebounds 20.0
15.5 Assists 20.6
7.5 Steals 5.2
2.5 Blocks 3.2
51.9% 2PT 56.8%
28.6% 3PT 34.9%
76.2% FT 79.0%
87.0 PIR 85.2

Head Coaches

PARKER, TJ
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"It’s a kind of re-start of the season for us after 5 games postponed in EuroLeague and French League. I did not recover all my players but some of them, day after day, so we don’t know what to expect in terms of physical conditions. But we are happy to play a basketball game! Zalgiris Kaunas is one of the best teams of the EuroLeague in this beginning of the season, they play very well offensively and defensively, with a lot of movement and passing game. We gonna try to get to their level."
SCHILLER, MARTIN
Zalgiris Kaunas
"ASVEL is very athletic team. It is a team which has capability to play fast and use their athleticism. And it is a team which tries to get into the paint with driving and with post-ups. So, to control our transition defense and to keep the opponent out of the paint will be the two most important things for us. We don’t know which players ASVEL will have in this game, so the only way to prepare is with the plan that everybody is playing."

Players

FALL, MOUSTAPHA
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"This period is very particular, with a lot of questions... We try to only think about the next game, and not make too many plans for the future because we don’t know about it. Physically, it was a little bit tough to be back after these days off, but we are very happy to play a EuroLeague game, especially at home finally. The challenge is big for us against Zalgiris Kaunas, who showed really good things since the start of the season."
GRIGONIS, MARIUS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We haven't seen ASVEL playing for more than two weeks now, so what we could do in practices is to improve our game, because there are many fields where we can get better. Anyway, ASVEL is a very tough team. We had close games with them last season, and we remember how physical they were. We need to keep the same level of physicality and concentration from the first to the last minute."

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne vs. Zalgiris Kaunas

· ASVEL and Zalgiris have played nine games in their history and Zalgiris leads 5-4 in those head-to-head games. In six games this century, Zalgiris holds a 4-2 edge after sweeping two games last season.

· Zalgiris pulled out a 74-79 win at Astroballe last season marking the first road win in head-to-head games between these two teams this century.

· Entering this season, ASVEL's single-game record for steals was 6, which Mindaugas Lukauskis, a Lithuanian who played for ASVEL, set against Zalgiris on December 3, 2009.

· ASVEL guard Paul Lacombe had his career-high 4 steals twice against Zalgiris, both times playing for Strasbourg during the 2013-14 regular season.

· ASVEL guard Antoine Diot set his career-high in assists with 7 playing for Strasbourg against Zalgiris in December 2013.

Monday, October 26, 2020
Euroleague.net

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne

Roster
ASVEL did not play games in Rounds 3, 4 and 5 after having 11 team members test positive for COVID-19.
Matt Marsh and Elwin Ndjock are set to make their respective EuroLeague debuts.

Streaks
Norris Cole has scored in double digits in six of his last seven appearances.
Paul Lacombe has recorded at least 1 steal in seven of his last eight games dating back to the 2015-16 season.

Rankings
Ismael Bako was tied for second last season with 1.0 blocks per game.

Zalgiris Kaunas

Roster
Zalgiris Kaunas swingman Patricio Garino will be out of action until December after a knee operation.
Marek Blazevic is set to make his EuroLeague debut.
Arturas Milaknis has made 181 consecutive appearances in the competition. His is the longest active streak and the third-longest this century.
Marius Grigonis, Nigel Hayes, Steve Vasturia and Thomas Walkup have started every game for Zalgiris this season.

Streaks
Marius Grigonis has made 15 consecutive free throws.
Arturas Milaknis has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 of his last 12 games.

Rankings
Joffrey Lauvergne ranks fifth in offensive rebounds this season with 2.8 per game.

Records/Milestones
Paulius Jankunas is the EuroLeague's all-time leader with 1,825 rebounds.
Jankunas is also the EuroLeague's all-time leader with 1,308 defensive rebounds.
Jankunas has started more games than any player in EuroLeague history, 271.
Jankunas ranks fourth all-time with 517 offensive rebounds. Ante Tomic is third with 520.
Jankunas ranks fifth all-time with 3,059 points scored.
Jankunas ranks fifth all-time with 3,758 performance index rating points. Felipe Reyes of Real Madrid is fourth with 3,771.
Jankunas ranks fifth all-time with 968 two-pointers made; Reyes is fourth with 969 and counting.
Arturas Milaknis is 11th all-time with 375 three-point shots made. J.R. Holden is 10th with 377.
Marius Grigonis is ranked second all-time in free throw accuracy at 92.4%.
Grigonis needs 21 points to reach 500 for his career.

Monday, October 26, 2020
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
2 - 4
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne Zalgiris Kaunas
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
Home record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 2-1
Away record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 0-3
Zalgiris Kaunas
Home record vs. LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne: 3-0
Away record vs. LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne: 1-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2019-20 30 January 2020 Regular Season LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 74 - 79 Zalgiris Kaunas
2019-20 25 October 2019 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 70 - 56 LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
2009-10 03 December 2009 Regular Season Asvel Basket 77 - 67 Zalgiris Kaunas
2009-10 21 October 2009 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 71 - 52 Asvel Basket
2004-05 10 February 2005 Regular Season Zalgiris 86 - 72 Asvel Basket
2004-05 16 December 2004 Regular Season Asvel Basket 85 - 83 Zalgiris