Fenerbahce vs Olimpia Milano
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 22 February 2018
Time: 18:45 CET
After losing badly to Olympiacos Piraeus on February 1st, Fenerbahce had a much easier job in their next match against Brose Bamberg, whom they overcame by 77:69 at home. They were comfortably leading throughout the whole match, and even though their opponents tried to make a comeback in the final quarter, Fenerbahce did good to hold on to their lead. Vesely was excellent in that match with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 2 steals, but only three more playes scored over 7 points in that match. After that they recorded a nice win on the road for their domestic league, but were eliminated from the Turkish Cup when they lost to Anadolu Efes at home in their most recent. They are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the Euroleague (W15 L7), with an average of 78.13 points per match, while allowing just 73.31 in the process, which is the best defense in the league. Nunnally is recovering from a broken hand, but just might make it.
On the other hand, Olimpia Milano fought really hard in their last match for the Euroleague against Crvena Zvezda, but they ended up losing by 100:89 on the road. They were close in the score in each quarter, but they failed to outscore their opponents, and never really had a chance to take anything. Kuzminskas exploded for a game-high 17 points with 3 threepointers, while Goudelock scored 15, Theodore scored 13, Bertans scored 10 and Micov scored 11, but it was still not enough. After that they also recorded a league win before bowing out in their domestic cup, when they suffered a bad loss at home. They haven’t had much luck in the Euroleague this season, as they are now sitting at the 14th spot (W7 L15), where they are scoring an average of 80.59 points per match, while conceding 85.31 in the process. They will have a couple of injury concerns ahead of this match, with Cusin and Young still being listed as doubts.
Previous 5 games:
Fenerbahce vs Anadolu Efes 80:83
Gaziantep vs Fenerbahce 90:95
Fenerbahce vs Brose Bamberg 77:69
Fenerbahce vs Anadolu Efes 100:74
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Fenerbahce 95:70
Olimpia Milano vs Cantu 87:105
Brindisi vs Olimpia Milano 72:84
Crvena Zvezda vs Olimpia Milano 100:89
Olimpia Milano vs Capo d’Orlando 91:54
Barcelona vs Olimpia Milano 81:83
Fenerbahce vs Olimpia Milano: Head to Head Stats
Fenerbahce did good to overcome Olimpia Milano when the two teams met in Italy on October 19th, where after a 80:80 in the regular time, they won by 86:92 in the overtime. They have actually won each of the last seven against this opponent, and four of their five matches as hosts over the years.
Fenerbahce vs Olimpia Milano: Prediction
Fenerbahce were recently eliminated from their domestic Cup, which gives them an extra incentive to play good in their domestic league and also in the Euroleague. They have been really strong at home throughout the whole season, and I doubt if Olimpia Milano can challenge them.
Fenerbahce vs Olimpia Milano: Betting Tips
Fenerbahce should get this win, one way or the other, as Olimpia Milano have not been anything special on the road. However, the Italians have been greatly improved lately, and I will steer away from picking a home handicap here. I will alternatively go with the Over 157.5 points @ 1.75, as both teams have been scoring (and conceding) a lot lately.