Olympiacos Piraeus vs Valencia
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 22 February 2018
Time: 20:00 CET
Olympiacos Piraeus managed to pull a nice win on the road against Real Madrid a couple of weeks ago, when they scored the final basket. They were actually leading throughout the whole first half, but Real Madrid launched an all-out attack in the second half. However, it was not enough to steal the win from Olympiacos Piraeus, who had Printezis in a phenomenal night with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 2 triples, a steal and a block. Wiltjer scored 12, Strelnieks had 11 with 7 assists, and Milutinov had 8 with 12 rebounds. Despite the nice win, Olympiacos Piraeus are coming into this match after a sad result, as they lost to AEK Athens in the Greek Cup final. As far as the Euroleague is concerned, Olympiacos Piraeus are sitting at the 2nd spot (W15 L7), with an average of 74.68 points per match, against 73.40 conceded. They will be missing Agravanis and Tillie in this match, who are still nursing injuries.
On the other hand, Valencia recorded a really nice win in their most recent Euroleague match, where they overcame Euroleague leaders CSKA Moscow by 103:99 at home. They did make an outburst in the second quarter scoring nine more points than their opponents, and it was good enough to grant them the win in the long run. Green scored 19 points with Dubljevic backing him up with 18 more, while Abalde (17p), Thomas (14p), Martinez (13p) and Pleiss (11p) were all very good. Valencia won their next match for the ACB, but they too suffered a tough elimination in the Spanish Cup quarter-finals against Tenerife. Valencia are now sitting at the 12th spot of the euroleague (W8 L14), scoring an average of 76.68 points per match, while allowing 79.40 in the process. They will be making this trip with a handful of injuries, as Williams, Van Rossom and Diot have been ruled out, while Vives and Garcia are still questionable.
Previous 5 games:
Olympiacos Piraeus vs AEK Athens 72:79
Trikala 2000 vs Olympiacos Piraeus 73:98
Real Madrid vs Olympiacos 79:80
Olympiacos Piraeus vs G.S. Kimi 93:78
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Fenerbahce
Valencia vs Tenerife 72:79
San Pablo Burgos vs Valencia 76:90
Valencia vs CSKA Moscow 103:99
Valencia vs Real Betis 103:67
Anadolu Efes vs Valencia 82:66
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Valencia: Head to Head Stats
The two teams were engaged in a really low-scoring match in Spain earlier in the season, where Olympiacos Piraeus won by 64:72. That was their sixth consecutive win over Valencia over the years, having lost just once.
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Valencia: Prediction
Olympiacos Piraeus will surely be carrying some disappointment from the lost Cup final against AEK Athens, but this is a totally different beast. They will surely want to stay at the 2nd spot of the Euroleague, but Valencia will also be fighting for a spot in the playoffs.
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Valencia: Betting Tips
Olympiacos Piraeus have been scoring an awful lot of points lately, as opposed to having one of the worst offenses in the league overall. However, they do play a lot more offensively lately, and so have Valencia, so I will take the Over 152.5 points here @ 1.83.