Baskonia vs Olympiacos Piraeus
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 17 October 2018
Time: 19:45 CET
Baskonia made a really great start in the new season of the Euroleague, when they escaped Lithuania with a win. They were hosted by Zalgiris Kaunas last week, and actually struggled a bit in the first quarter (24:22). But they quickly got their heads together and did great both in the second and in the third quarter. They eventually went on to record a very nice win by 79:87 thanks to their great three-point percentages. They shot 12 of their 28 shots from beyond the arc, while their opponents scored just 4 of 11. Granger scored a team-high 15 points, Shields had 14, Shengelia addes 12 with 6 rebounds, and Janning and Huertas had 11 each. Diop and Poirier also filled the stat-sheet in what was a great team effort for Baskonia.
On the other hand, Olympiacos Piraeus were excellent in their return to the Euroleague, where they destroyed Khimki Moscow by a massive 66:87 on the road. The Russians were pretty solid in the first quarter, but Olympiacos Piraeus exploded in the second and entered the half-time break with a ten-point lead. They went on to destroy their opponents in the final quarter once again, to eventually record a really nice win on the road. LeDay led the scoring with 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Vezenkov had 13 points with 4 rebounds. Printezis and Strelnieks each had 11 points, while Milutinov barely missed a double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Spanoulis had 8 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds.
Previous 5 games:
Fuenlabrada vs Baskonia 60:110
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Baskonia 79:87
Baskonia vs Gipuzkoa 85:66
San Pablo Burgos vs Baskonia 82:79
Baskonia vs Zaragoza 99:76
G.S. Kimi vs Olympiacos Piraeus 74:77
Khimki Moscow vs Olympiacos Piraeus 66:87
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Holargos 88:78
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Holargos 85:70
Unics Kazan vs Olympiacos Piraeus 89:91
Baskonia vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Head to Head Stats
Baskonia destroyed Olympiacos Piraeus by a strong 86:54 at home when the two teams last met in the previous season. But it was their first win over Olympiacos Piraeus after six consecutive losses.
Baskonia vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Prediction
Baskonia are traditionally strong at home, where they have only lost twice in their last six. Even when Olympiacos Piraeus won in this venue, they didn’t win easily. Both teams made great starts in the season, and this will be a very interesting clash to watch.
Baskonia vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Betting Tips
I will go with the Over 158.5 points here @1.80, with Baskonia having passed that threshold in five of their six matches so far in the season. Olympiacos Piraeus are slightly defensive on the road, especially in matches like this, but they can easily be caught up in a high-scoring match here.