Darussafaka vs Olimpia Milano
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 15 November 2018
Time: 17:15 CET
Darussafaka (W1 L5) are coming into this match after a huge loss on the road against Bayern Munich, who broke a ton of records in that match. Darussafaka only stayed afloat in the first quarter (21:17) but the game quickly got out of hand. Bayern Munich were slaying them from behind the three-point line and eventually finished with a mind-boggling 69.2% with 18/26 attempts. Darussafaka were already down by 54:35 at the end of the first half, the players got very frustrated and the deficit just kept growing. They eventually lost that match by a harsh 116:70, which was the most points scored by a team in Euroleague history. Evans played his heart out with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 3/3 triples, a steal and a block, but he was desperately alone in that fight. Brown scored 10 with little else, while Eric had 9 points and 6 rebounds. Darussafaka have now lost five of their first six matches in the Euroleague and are sitting at the penultimate spot. They have the 2nd worst offense with 72.6 points per match, and the 2nd worst defense with 88 conceded.
On the other hand, Olimpia Milano (W4 L2) played a really great match at home against CSKA Moscow last week but eventually left empty-handed. They actually had a shot at getting a massive win and force the Russians to their first loss of the season but Olimpia Milano fell apart in the last minutes of that match. They made a really great start in that match and were leading by 21:16 at the end of the first quarter and entered the half-time break leading by just one point. They also did a great job in the third quarter and were actually leading by 64:51 with two minutes left in the third. But a bad run of consecutive turnovers allowed CSKA Moscow to make a massive 2:17 run and eventually won that match by 85:90. Mike James posted a strong double-double with 16 points, 12 assists (career-high), 6 rebounds, 2 steals but also 4 turnovers. Micov was excellent with 24 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and a steal, while Gudaitis had 16 points with 7 rebounds. Olimpia Milano are now sitting 5th in the Euroleague, scoring an average of 85.5 points per match, while allowing 81.16 in the process. Nemanja Nedovic is currently being listed as a game-time decision.
Previous 5 games:
Pinar Karsiyaka vs Darussafaka 100:84
Bayern Munich vs Darussafaka 116:70
Darussafaka vs Tofas 78:82
Baskonia vs Darussafaka 82:56
Darussafaka vs Barcelona 71:79
Olimpia Milano vs Reggio Emilia 100:75
Olimpia Milano vs CSKA Moscow 85:90
Torino vs Olimpia Milano 71:93
Olimpia Milano vs Anadolu Efes 81:80
Pesaro vs Olimpia Milano 82:97
Darussafaka vs Olimpia Milano: Head to Head Stats
The two teams have only met once in the past, for a set of matches in the 2016/17 edition of the Euroleague. Olimpia Milano were great in both matches, winning both home and away. After a slim 80:81 in this venue they recorded another slim 89:87 win at home.
Darussafaka vs Olimpia Milano: Prediction
Darussafaka are coming off a massive win that saw their opponents break a ton of records. They have been really bad lately and have now lost five in a row, and their last four for the Euroleague. They seem like they cannot cope with the increasing fatigue from the two competitions. Olimpia Milano almost pulled a nice win over CSKA Moscow last week but failed to do so. They will now look to get back to winning ways against one of the weakest teams in the Euroleague.
Darussafaka vs Olimpia Milano: Betting Tips
Olimpia Milano will be looking to grab a nice win here but it might not be that easy. Darussafaka have been really competitive at home so far, even in their losses. I expect Olimpia Milano to record a marginal win here, so I will take the -5 @1.80.