Playoff matchups confirmed as Betsafe-LKL regular season wraps up
The Betsafe-LKL regular season has come to an end, with the playoff matchups now set and a well-deserved MVP award handed out. The regular season was filled with thrilling moments, unexpected upsets and a dominant team that set the pace for the league.
In the final game of the regular season, Žalgiris Kaunas lost to 7bet-Lietkabelis Panevėžys 85-87. Top scorer of the game was Gediminas Orelik with 16 points. Despite the loss, Žalgiris still finished the regular season with an impressive record and will be the favorites going into the playoffs.
Nevėžis-Optibet Kėdainiai secured the final playoff spot with a 91-81 win over Šiauliai in their final game. Deshawn Freeman led the way for Kėdainiai with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Šiauliai finished the regular season in 9th place, ahead of only Pieno žvaigždės Pasvalys, Gargždai and Labas GAS Prienai.
Second-placed Rytas Vilnius will face Neptūnas Klaipėda in the quarterfinals. Rytas finished the regular season on a high note with a convincing win over Gargždai, while Neptūnas will need to bounce back quickly after a heavy loss to Wolves.
Speaking of Wolves, their leader Ahmad Caver was named the Betsafe-LKL MVP after an outstanding regular season. Caver averaged 16.9 points and 5.8 assists per game, leading Wolves to a solid third-place finish. They will face CBet Jonava in the quarterfinals and will be hoping to make a deep run in the playoffs.
The final quarterfinal matchup will be between 7bet-Lietkabelis Panevėžys and Uniclub Casino - Juventus Utena. Panevėžys finished fourth in the regular season and will be confident of progressing against Utena, who kept their fifth position despite losing to Žalgiris Kaunas in their final game.
The Betsafe-LKL playoffs promise to be exciting, with plenty of talent on display and some intriguing matchups. Will Žalgiris Kaunas continue their dominance, or will a dark horse emerge to take the title? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure - basketball fans are in for a treat in the coming weeks.