Baskonia vs Olympiacos Piraeus
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 12 January 2018
Time: 20:30 CET
Baskonia should be feeling upset about how they lost their previous match, where they fell by 79:74 against Fenerbahce on the road. They made a great start in the match, and were actually winning by two points at the end of the first half. However, they were easily subdued in the second half, and they were unable to hold on to their lead. That was their fourth consecutive loss in all competitions, but they bounced right back with a slim win against Valencia in the ACB. Baskonia are still sitting relatively close to the playoff spots, as they are now at the 9th spot (W7 L9). They are scoring an average of 80.81 points per match, while allowing 81.5 in the process.
On the other hand, Olympiacos Piraeus bounced right back to winning ways after that loss to Zalgiris Kaunas, as they overcame Olimpia Milano by 87:80 at home last week. They showed their intentions from the get-go, as they were really great throughout the first three quarters of that match. They might have been severely outscored in the final quarter (17:27), but it was not enough to change the result. Wiltjer and Papanikolaou scored 15 each, Spanoulis scored 14 with 7 assists, and Papapetrou scored 11 more with 5 boards. Olympiacos Piraeus are still sitting at the 2nd spot of the Euroleague (W12 L4), still featuring the worst offense with 74.25 points per match, but also the best defense with just 71.56 conceded.
Previous 5 games:
Baskonia vs Valencia 78:74
Fenerbahce vs Baskonia 79:74
Baskonia vs Real Madrid 69:81
Murcia vs Baskonia 78:67
Baskonia vs CSKA Moscow 81:90
PAOK vs Olympiacos Piraeus 78:71
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Olimpia Milano 87:80
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Panionios 87:65
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus 74:68
Anadolu Efes vs Olympiacos Piraeus 58:61
Baskonia vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Head to Head Stats
Olympiacos Piraeus won by an easy 75:64 at home when the two teams met in October 12th, and they also won both matches last season. They have won each of the last six matches against Baskonia, and also the last two matches in this venue.
Baskonia vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Prediction
Olympiacos Piraeus have by far the best defense in the Euroleague this season with 71.56 conceded points per match. Playing against a Baskonia side who have scored over 80 points in just one of their last five will surely give opportunities to Olympiacos Piraeus.
Baskonia vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Betting Tips
Olympiacos Piraeus will attempt their usual style of play, massive defense and well-thought offense. They can also stand in high-scoring matches, but I they should know better to play strong defense against a Baskonia side who can explode any moment now. I will reluctantly take the Under 155.5 points in this match as well.
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