Lithuanian league winner LKL 2022/2023: preview

The regular season of the Lithuanian Basketball League LKL started in the second half of September 2022 and will end in early May 2023. 12 clubs take part in the regular season, and after its completion, the strongest eight will be determined, which will advance to the playoff stage. The start of the knockout battles from the quarter-final stage.

The main favorite for the championship title is the main basketball grandee of Latvia Zalgiris. However, bookmakers believe that Rytas, Wolves and Litkabelis can impose a fight and try to sensationally take the title. The probability that these teams will be able to create problems for the representatives of Kaunas is insignificant, but it exists. You can bet on the owner of LKL gold medals and other sporting events by downloading the Mostbet application


The Green-Whites have made an excellent start in the current championship and have won seven consecutive victories. Alternately, Zalgiris beat Neptunas, Prienai, Siauliai, Litkabelis, Gargzdai, Nevezis and Juventus. Then the wards of Kazys Maksvytis lost on the road to Rytas. Despite this defeat, the Kaunas team was in first place in the standings after eight rounds. It should also be noted that the brainchild of Paulus Motejunas looks good in the Euroleague. By the first half of November, the Lithuanians were in the top eight and managed to defeat Virtus Bologna, Barcelona, ​​Alba Berlin, and ASVEL.

The club from Kaunas has become the national champion 34 times. With a high probability, this year the Green-Whites will do it for the 35th time in history.


The guys of Giedrius Zibenas had an unsustainable first eight rounds of the championship. After victories over Juventus, Neptunas and Prienai, Rytas suffered three defeats in a row. The defeated club from Vilnius was Nevezis, Jonava and Litkabelis. This was followed by stubborn battles and wins over Wolves – 91:89, as well as Zalgiris – 89:85. The Red-Blacks are the current champions of Lithuania and will try to repeat last year’s achievement. Although it will be very difficult to do so.

Instability in the regular season should not prevent the Wolves from reaching the playoffs. But in the battles to take off, the “red-black” will be much harder.


Representatives of Vilnius periodically lose in the regular championship, but score points quite regularly. By mid-December, the Wolves lost to Jonava, Rytas and Neptunas. At the same time, the “gray-turquoise” defeated Juventus, Gargzdai, Peno Zvaigzhdes, Siauliai and Prienai. Possessing a good defense, under a foreign shield, the “wolves” do not act too confidently.

With a high probability, the team of Rimas Kurtinaitis will finish in the top eight in the regular championship. However, the Vilnius club is unlikely to get far in the playoffs.


Wards of Nenad Chanak started the domestic championship with victories over Peno Zvaigzhdes, Šiauliai and Gargzhdai. This was followed by home defeats from Zalgiris and Juventus. Several failures did not break the players of Litkabelis and the “burgundy-white-gold” confidently won against Rytas, Prenay and Nevėžys. With the right attitude, a team from Panevezys can beat any opponent in one particular match. But in the playoff series with stronger opponents, the brainchild of Alvydas Beliauskas will be much more difficult.

The inhabitants of the “Tsido Arena” have a decent composition by the standards of the LKL. At the same time, the “Burgundy-White-Gold” are unlikely to be able to aim at the trophy.

Our forecast

After losing the title last season, Žalgiris from Kaunas must do his best to get the gold medals. It is unlikely that the “green-whites” will have difficulties with this. For Rytas, Wolves and Litkabelis reaching the final will already be considered a success. At the same time, the red-blacks from Vilnius can be considered the favorite of this trio.

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