Olympiacos Piraeus vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 16 January 2018
Time: 20:00 CET
Olympiacos Piraeus are coming off a devastating loss against Baskonia last week, where they were really tragic at times. They actually took a nice 16:21 lead after the end of the first quarter, but they were severely outscored in the next two quarters, by 20:9 in the second and by 36:14 in the third. They ended up losing by a harsh 86:54, and it was more than visible that Olympiacos Piraeus can’t handle high-scoring matches well. If they don’t succeed in playing their usual defense they rarely can follow in the scoring department. There is not much to be said about player performances, as only Printezis (13p, 6r) was the only one to somehow stand out. That loss dropped Olympiacos Piraeus to the 3rd spot of the Euroleague (W12 L5), as country rivals Panathinaikos now climbed at the 2nd spot.
On the other hand, Maccabi Tel Aviv were taken by surprise at the first quarter of their home match against Brose Bamberg (20:25). However, they reacted perfectly and managed to slowly but steadily outscore their opponents throughout the rest of the match, and eventually won by a slim 90:88. Roll scored a game-high 23 points with some peripheral stats, Dibartolomeo scored 14 with 5 rebounds and 3 assists, while Bolden (10p, 10r), Jackson, Tyus and Parakhouski were all in great shape. Maccabi Tel Aviv have now established themselves at the 7th spot of the Euroleague (W9 L8). They are scoring 80.44 points per match, while conceding 82 in the process.
Previous 5 games:
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Faros 100:69
Baskonia vs Olympiacos Piraeus 86:54
PAOK vs Olympiacos Piraeus 78:71
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Olimpia Milano 87:80
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Panionios 87:65
Bnei Herzilya vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 86:90
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Brose Bamberg 90:88
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Eilat 82:63
Real Madrid vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 93:81
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Tel Aviv 73:77
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to Head Stats
Olympiacos Piraeus stood greatly in Israel on October 24th, when they emerged victorious by a slim 68:69. However, the two teams have been exchanging road wins in the last two seasons they met. All in all, Maccabi Tel Aviv have won just three of their eight trips here, but all three have come in the last four.
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
Olympiacos Piraeus are in some kind of funk right now, and it seems that Spanoulis might have ruined the team’s mojo when he returned from the injury. In any case, Maccabi Tel Aviv have been pretty strong in this venue lately, and they just might be able to stay competitive.
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
Maccabi Tel Aviv can take advantage of whatever Olympiacos Piraeus are going through, and they should be able to defend the + 8.5 points @ 1.80 here.