Barcelona vs Olimpia Milano
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 1 February 2018
Time: 19:00 CET
Barcelona are coming off a somewhat frustrating performance against Fenerbahce on the road, where they were defeated by 86:82. They were actually up by 42:44 at the end of the first half, but were destroyed by 23:13 in the third quarter, and even though they tried, they were unable to come back from such a deficit. They had production from just five players, as Heurtel (21p, 5as) and Tomic (20p, 7r) led the charge, with Koponen, Hanga and Claver all scoring 12 points each. Barcelona have been in really poor form lately, as they have won just two of their last seven matches in all competitions. As far as the Euroleague is concerned, Barcelona are now sitting at the 12th spot (W7 L13), dangerously close to missing out on the playoffs. They score an average of 80.5 points per match, and allow 78.65 in the process.
On the other hand, Olimpia Milano were engaged in a really spectacular match at home against Maccabi Tel Aviv last week, but they were unable to please the home crowd. It was a really high-scoring match between the two, but Maccabi Tel Aviv were always two steps ahead, and eventually won by 102:111. Theodore scored a game-high 22 points with 3 assists and 3 rebounds, with Gudaitis scoring 18 with 5 boards. Goudelock, M’Baye and Cinciarini with Micov also helped, but they were unable to stop their opponents. Olimpia Milano had won their previous two matches for the Euroleague, and Maccabi Tel Aviv restored the balance here. Olimpia Milano are still stuck at the 15th spot of the Euroleague (W6 L14), with an average of 80.05 points per match, against 84.8 conceded, which is the worst defense.
Previous 5 games:
Barcelona vs Joventut Badalona 91:79
Fenerbahce vs Barcelona 86:82
Morabank Andorra vs Barcelona 102:92
Barcelona vs Brose Bamberg 81:66
Valencia vs Barcelona 81:76
Varese vs Olimpia Milano 76:72
Olimpia Milano vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 102:111
Olimpia Milano vs Cremona 82:80
Baskonia vs Olimpia Milano 82:83
Olimpia Milano vs Unicaja Malaga 101:87
Barcelona vs Olimpia Milano: Head to Head Stats
Olimpia Milano actually managed to win by 78:74 when the two met in Italy on October 26th, but that was their first win in the last five matches against Barcelona. Barcelona have also been great as hosts against Olimpia Milano, having won three of the four matches here.
Barcelona vs Olimpia Milano: Prediction
Barcelona will be feeling somewhat frustrated about their loss to Fenerbahce, and they will surely bounce back to winning ways here. The question is by how much will they win. Olimpia Milano have been much more competitive lately, and just might cause a fuss here.
Barcelona vs Olimpia Milano: Betting Tips
I would skip this match. Barcelona should win but I’m still not convinced they should be trusted as big favorites.