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I believe this will really be the time where Valanciunas will get some great national spotlight after dominating Lopez at the Barclays Center.
Valanciunas has only played against one opponent in the NBA and that was arguably the best centre in the East (for more on that matchup click here). Lopez, a weaker version of Hibbert with more natural offensive skill, won’t bang down low against JV. However, that works to JV’s advantage as he is very quick and can match most of Lopez’s strengths.
I am giving the edge to JV here because I really think he will have an excellent game especially as he must think that every centre in the league is as good as the only competition he has had so far—Hibbert.
Advantage: Valanciunas (slight)