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Euro League: MOS v ZAL – Struggling Zalgiris takes on reigning champs CSKA

Zalgiris at CSKA Moscow Preview

Date: 12/6
Time: 6:30 AM IST

Preview:

A Zalgiris team that has lost five straight EuroLeague games heads to Moscow to take on the reigning EuroLeague champions. CSKA has had struggles itself since losing Final Four MVP Will Clyburn (knee), but they are coming off a blowout victory over a Barcelona team that entered the game tied for first place. 

Injuries:

CSKA Moscow –

Will Clyburn – OUT – Knee

11/11 8:25 PM IST – Clyburn underwent surgery Monday to repair the torn ACL in his right knee, John Askounis of Eurohoops.net reports. The operation officially spells an end to Clyburn’s season after the 29-year-old injured his knee during CSKA Moscow’s Round 4 game in EuroLeague play. Clyburn will return to Moscow to continue his rehab and is expected to make a full recovery ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Mikhail Kulagin – GTD – Calf

11/8 4:00 AM IST – Kulagin (calf) will not play Friday against ASVEL, according to CSKA’s official website. Kulagin’s injury will prevent him from playing in another EuroLeague game. The extent of his injury is not certain, so it remains to be seen when he will be ready to return to action.

Zalgiris –

Marius Grigonis – OUT – Ankle

12/3 11:42 PM IST – Grigonis will undergo surgery on his injured foot and is expected to be out about three months, according to Zalgiris’ official website. Grigonis was able to play through the pain for some time, but he was unable to overcome the injury, so it was ultimately decided to send him under the knife. Grigonis is second on his team in scoring in EuroLeague play, so Zalgiris will be without one of its top players for several months. KC Rivers and Thomas Walkup are the favorites to fill the void until Grigonis returns.

Zalgiris Probable Starters:

G – Thomas Walkup

G – KC Rivers

F – Edgaras Ulanovas

F – Paulius Jankunas

C – Jock Landale

CSKA Moscow Probable Starters:

G – Mike James

G – Daniel Hackett

F – Nikita Kurbanov

F – Johannes Voigtmann

C – Kyle Hines

 

Top Picks:

(Captain) Mike James, MOS: James has scored in double figures in nine consecutive Rounds, and he usually chips in a few rebounds and assists per game as well.

Johannes Voigtmann, MOS: It’s been an up-and-down season for Voigtmann, but he has played at least 24 minutes in three straight Rounds and averaged 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds over the last two.

Zach LeDay, ZAL: Zalgiris will be without its second-best scorer in Marius Grigonis, so they could lean on their top scorer in LeDay for even more points than usual.

Captaincy Options:

  1. Mike James
  2. Zach LeDay

Dream11 Team

 

 

Grand League Combination:

James, Voigtmann, Rivers

Small League Combination:

James, LeDay, Strelnieks

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