2017–18 LKL season

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Betsafe-LKL
Competition details
Season 2017–18
Teams 10
Games played 220 (regular season)
Dates September 2017 – June 2018
Final positions
Champions Žalgiris (20th title)
Runners-up Lietuvos rytas
Third place Neptūnas
Fourth place Lietkabelis
Relegated Vytautas
Awards
MVP Laurynas Birutis
Records
Average attendance 2,478

The 2017–18 Lietuvos krepšinio lyga, also called Betsafe-LKL for sponsorship reasons, is the 25th season of the top-tier level professional basketball league of Lithuania, the Lietuvos krepšinio lyga (LKL). The season started in September 2017, and the last game of final series was played in 18 June 2018.

Žalgiris is the defending champion.

Competition format[edit]

During the regular season, all teams will play 36 games. The top eight teams in the regular season standings, after playing their entire 36 game schedule, will each qualify for the playoffs in the quarterfinals, that will be played in a best-of-five games format. The semifinals will also be played in that format.

The final round will be played between the two winners of the semifinals. The finals series, for first place, will be played in a best-of-seven format, while the series for third place will be played in a best-of-five format.[1]

Teams[edit]

Team Location Arena Capacity
Dzūkija Alytus Alytus Arena 5,500
Juventus Utena Utena Arena 2,000
Lietkabelis Panevėžys Cido Arena 5,950
Lietuvos rytas Vilnius Lietuvos rytas Arena 2,500
Siemens Arena 10,000
Neptūnas Klaipėda Švyturys Arena 6,200
Nevėžis Kėdainiai Kėdainiai Arena 2,200
Pieno žvaigždės Pasvalys Pieno žvaigždės Arena 1,500
Šiauliai Šiauliai Šiauliai Arena 5,700
Vytautas Prienai-Birštonas Prienai Arena 1,500
Žalgiris Kaunas Žalgiris Arena 15,708

Regular season[edit]

In the regular season, teams play against each other four times, home-and-away, in double a round-robin format. The eight first qualified teams advance to the play-offs. The regular season started on 19 September 2017.

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Qualification or relegation
1 Žalgiris 36 32 4 3014 2451 +563 Advance to play-offs
2 Lietuvos rytas 36 30 6 3162 2704 +458
3 Neptūnas 36 25 11 3011 2838 +173
4 Lietkabelis 36 20 16 3013 2978 +35
5 Šiauliai 36 16 20 2886 2941 −55
6 Pieno žvaigždės 36 14 22 2894 3140 −246
7 Juventus 36 13 23 2918 3029 −111
8 Nevėžis 36 12 24 2805 2993 −188
9 Dzūkija 36 10 26 2721 3030 −309
10 Vytautas[a] 36 8 28 2805 3125 −320 Relegation to NKL[Note 1]
Source: LKL
Notes:
  1. ^ If other 9 LKL teams and Vytis from National Basketball League (NKL) meet the licensing requirements, Vytautas would be relegated. However, Vytis did not meet licensing requirements, meaning Vytautas stayed onto the LKL for at least another season.

Play-offs[edit]

The quarter-finals are played in a best-of-five format, with the higher seeded team playing the first, third and (if necessary) fifth game at home. The semi-finals are played in a best-of-five format and the finals in a best-of-seven format, with the higher seed team playing games 1, 3, 5 and 7 (if necessary) at home.

Bracket[edit]

 
QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals
 
          
 
 
 
 
1
Žalgiris
3
 
 
 
8
Nevėžis
0
 
1
Žalgiris
3
 
 
 
4
Lietkabelis
0
 
4
Lietkabelis
3
 
 
 
5
Šiauliai
1
 
1
Žalgiris
4
 
 
 
2
Lietuvos rytas
1
 
2
Lietuvos rytas
3
 
 
 
7
Juventus
0
 
2
Lietuvos rytas
3
 
 
 
3
Neptūnas
2Third place series
 
3
Neptūnas
3
 
 
 
6
Pieno žvaigždės
1
 
3
Neptūnas
3
 
 
4
Lietkabelis
1
 

Quarterfinals[edit]

Team 1 Series Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg 5th leg
Žalgiris 3–0 Nevėžis 95–70 96–75 84–69
Lietuvos rytas 3–0 Juventus 97–64 79–78 102–73
Neptūnas 3–1 Pieno žvaigždės 91–81 87–92 92–82 101–64
Lietkabelis 3–1 Šiauliai 103–86 84–94 92–68 85–84

Semifinals[edit]

Team 1 Series Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg 5th leg
Žalgiris 3–0 Lietkabelis 93–69 94–79 83–64
Lietuvos rytas 3–2 Neptūnas 79–84 67–49 74–67 70–74 88–82

Third place series[edit]

Team 1 Series Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg 5th leg
Neptūnas 3–1 Lietkabelis 69–83 71–69 79–71 89–78

Finals[edit]

Team 1 Series Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg 4th leg 5th leg 6th leg 7th leg
Žalgiris 4–1 Lietuvos rytas 96–83 73–82 90–80 82–78 80–70

Attendance data[edit]

Attendance data included playoff games:

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Žalgiris 105,384 11,293 1,374 4,215 +5.3%
2 Lietuvos rytas 96,239 9,830 830 3,850 +60.2%
3 Neptūnas 88,230 5,490 2,100 3,676 −15.3%
4 Lietkabelis 79,784 6,419 2,488 3,469 −6.8%
5 Šiauliai 48,300 5,200 1,000 2,415 +78.6%
6 Dzūkija 32,512 3,764 415 1,806 +1.1%
7 Juventus 28,388 3,128 864 1,494 +3.3%
8 Nevėžis 18,111 1,800 550 953 +7.8%
9 Vytautas 14,235 1,500 300 791 +10.6%
10 Pieno žvaigždės 11,623 1,100 200 581 −3.8%
League total 522,806 11,293 200 2,478 +8.4%

Source: LKL

Clubs in European competitions[edit]

Team Competition Progress Ref
Žalgiris EuroLeague Third qualified
Lietuvos rytas EuroCup Top 16 [2]
Lietkabelis Regular season
Neptūnas Champions League Round of 16 [3]
Juventus Regular season
Vytautas First qualifying round
Nevėžis FIBA Europe Cup Second round [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Čempionato sistema Archived 2013-10-29 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "7DAYS EuroCup Board meets ahead of 2017-18 season". EuroCup Basketball. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Champions line up in battle for European Glory". BasketballCL.com. 28 June 2017. Archived from the original on 1 July 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  4. ^ "FIBA Europe Cup Qualification Round 1 and 2 pairings confirmed". FIBA.com. 2017-08-03.

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