Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus
Date: 15th December 2016
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Two teams quite familiar with each will be going against each other once again on Thursday evening when Zalgiris Kaunas will be hosting Olympiacos Piraeus in the famous Zalgirio Arena.
Their current record of 4-7 doesn’t show it that much, but Zalgiris have been playing pretty decent lately. They have been able to grab victories in three of their last five matches, with their two losses coming from Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow. Moreover, Zalgiris have won their last two games at home and have an overall record of 3-2 at the Zalgirio Arena. Those statistics look quite hopeful, but it should be taken into account that they will be hosting Olympiacos Piraeus.
After a bit of slow start, Olympiacos have picked up the pace and racked four wins in their previous five matches. The only loss in that stretch came against Maccabi Tel-Aviv at Piraeus and it was quite surprising. Nonetheless, Olympiacos will be motivated to continue their string of strong performances, which could mean trouble for Zalgiris.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Head to head stats
Zalgiris Kaunas have met Olympiacos 12 times in the Euroleague for the past 16 years, but they have been able to win just three times, compared to the nine victories by the Greek club.
Zalgiris have a 2-4 record at home against Olympiacos.
The clubs played twice during the 2015-16 season, with each of them winning one game apiece.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Prediction
If the game was played in Piraeus, there would be no doubt that Olympiacos would have been considered absolute favorite. However, with Zalgiris being the hosts, things will be a lot harder for the Greeks.
Olympiacos are slightly worse in terms of offensive power compared to Zalgiris (81.8ppg vs 79.9ppg), but they compensate pretty well with their well-oiled defense, as they allow their opponents to score only 75.4 points per game on average. The Greeks will have their hands full though, as Motum, Jankunas and Westermann all average double-figures in terms of scoring.
Expect a very tight game in the Zalgirio Arena, which will most likely be decided in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The win will most likely go to Olympiacos, as they have shown so far that they can play pretty good away from home, racking up three wins in five away matches so far.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Tips
- Olympiacos -2.5 at 1.90