RM vs ZEN : Two of the most well liked teams within the league meet during a Thursday showdown when Real Madrid hosts Zenit St. Petersburg. Real (7-5) has won six of its last seven games and Zenit (7-3) is undefeated in six games on the road. Two players are going to be facing their former teams; Zenit sharpshooter K.C. Rivers won the 2015 EuroLeague with Real. The hosts’ point guard Nicolas Laprovittola played for Zenit in 2017-18.
Two of the simplest shot-blockers within the league this season will meet during this game and that they are much different players. Real center Walter Tavares is second with 1.8 blocks per game; Zenit big man Alex Poythress is seventh with 1.1. At 2.20 meters tall, Tavares has 14 centimeters on his Zenit counterpart. Will Poythress’s speed and athleticism be a drag for Tavares or will the 2019 EuroLeague Best Defender be too big for the EuroLeague rookie? it’ll be a critical matchup on Thursday.
Last season, in their first-ever official game, Real Madrid beat Zenit in St.Petersburg 71-86. Zenit made 24 two-point shots therein game to match its club record. This game are going to be Zenit’s first-ever to face Real within the Madrid .
Real has been outrebounded on the average by 2.4 rebounds per game and is within the bottom half the standings with 8.8 offensive rebounds per game. Zenit has outrebounded its opponents by nearly 3 rebounds per game. Between Tavares, Anthony Randolph and Trey Thompkins, Real features a decisive size advantage within the frontline and wishes to show that into a rebounding advantage to enhance the hosts’ chances during this game.
Zenit will play its second away game in 48 hours and three of its perimeter players – Austin Hollins, K.C. Rivers and Kevin Pangos – spent quite 28 minutes on the ground in Tuesday’s victory in Valencia. Billy Baron, Vitaly Fridzon and Mateusz Ponitka could also be needed to play more minutes in Madrid and if they’re up for the challenge, it might surely help Zenit because it seeks another road win.
Real Madrid vs Zenit St. Petersburg – Key Players Team News
- Rudy Fernandez
- Walter Tavares
- Gabriel Deck
Zenit St. Petersburg (ZEN) – Key Players
- Kevin Pangos
- Austin Hollins
- Mateusz Ponitka
Real Madrid vs Zenit St. Petersburg
Real Madrid: W – 4, L – 1
Zenit St. Petersburg: W – 4, L – 1
Real Madrid vs Zenit St. Petersburg – Team Squad
Real Madrid (RM):
Fabien Causeur, Anthony Randolph, Rudy Fernandez, Sergio Llull, Nicolas Laprovittola, Fabien Causeur, Jaycee Carroll, Gabriel Deck, Jeffery Taylor, Mario Nakic, Jordan Mickey, Trey Thompkins, Usman Garuba, Felipe Reyes, Walter Tavares, Salah Mejri, Facundo Campazzo. Alberto Abalde Diaz
Zenit St. Petersburg (ZEN):
Kevin Pangos, Will Thomas, Mateusz Ponitka, Alex Poythress, Billy Baron, Artūras Gudaitis, K.C. Rivers, Austin James Hollins, Andrey Zubkov, Vitaly Fridzon, Anton Pushkov, Dmitry Khvostov, Igor Volkhin, Vladislav Trushkin, Zakharov Denis, Maxim Karvanen
Real Madrid vs Zenit St. Petersburg – Probable Lineups
Sergio Llull, Rudy Fernandez, Walter Tavares, Alberto Abalde Diaz, Gabriel Deck
Zenit St. Petersburg:
Kevin Pangos, Austin Hollins, Billy Baron, Mateusz Ponitka, Artūras Gudaitis