CSKA Moscow vs Olympiacos Piraeus
Date: 17th May 2017
Kick-off: 17:30 CET
In what will be the first match from the Euroleague Final Four, CSKA Moscow will meet Olympiacos Piraeus.
CSKA managed to easily go through the first round of the playoffs, as they dominated their series against Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz and deservedly won with three games to none. However, on Friday, the reigning champs will have to face a tougher opponent – Olympiacos Piraeus – which will undoubtedly cause a lot more trouble to the team from Moscow.
Olympiacos definitely deserve to be a part of the Final Four, but they could have missed it quite easily. The team from Piraeus barely won its first round series against Anadolu Efes Istanbul, as they needed a game five to advance. Olympiacos should definitely play better on Friday, as CSKA is a lot tougher opponent than Anadolu Efes and the reigning champs will always punish a team that makes a lot of mistakes.
CSKA Moscow vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Head to head stats:
For the past 16 years, CSKA Moscow and Olympiacos Piraeus have met 22 times in the Euroleague and CSKA have won 16 of those games.
In the two games during the regular season, CSKA went undefeated. Moreover, the team from Moscow has won four straight games against Olympiacos.
CSKA Moscow vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Prediction
The match on Friday between CSKA and Olympiacos will definitely be a spectacular one, as it will mark the start of the Euroleague Final Four. Moreover, it will be offer a battle between a team with amazing offense and another one with more than great defense.
CSKA were the highest-scoring squad throughout the regular season and they were not too far from their offensive brilliance in the first round of the playoffs either. However, on Friday they will play against Olympiacos, a team that has relied on its defense since the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign. Nonetheless, even the discipline of the squad from Piraeus will hardly be enough to stop CSKA, and more specifically Nando De Colo and Milos Teodosic.
Expect a pretty amazing game, which will more likely end up with a win for CSKA Moscow.
CSKA Moscow vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Tips
- CSKA-5 @ 1.80