Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Olympiacos Piraeus
Date: 02nd March 2017
Kick-off: 20:05 CET
In what could potentially be the most lopsided Euroleague game on Thursday, Maccabi Tel Aviv will be hosting Olympiacos Piraeus.
Despite winning two of their last four games, there is no doubt that Maccabi are in a quite disastrous shape. The Tel Aviv club has barely grabbed victory in three of their last fourteen matches and are sitting in the bottom half of the regular season. As it seems, there will be no playoff basketball for Maccabi this year and thus they will most likely be quite unmotivated on Thursday against Olympiacos. Thus, the game could easily result in a huge win for the Greeks.
Despite losing in the previous round, Olympiacos have looked quite strong all season long and thus, they deservedly occupy the third place in the standings. Before their defeat in the last match, the club had Piraeus had won seven out of eight, which is undoubtedly pretty impressive. If Olympiacos manage to win, and they should be able to do without too much problems, they will close CSKA and the second place in the table.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Head to head stats
In the past 16 years, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Olympiacos Piraeus have met 14 times and Maccabi have managed to win 8 of those matches.
Maccabi are 5-2 at home against Olympiacos.
In the previous game between the two clubs this season, Maccabi defeated Olympiacos with a 73-80 score. Nonetheless, that was very early in the season.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Prediction
The game on Thursday between Maccabi and Olympiacos could be a nice one to watch, but it’s hard to expect that it will be competitive until the very end.
The two clubs have performed quite similar in terms of offense, as Maccabi have averaged 78.3 points per game, while Olympiacos 78.7. However, on the defensive end there is a huge difference. The Greeks are the best in the entire Euroleague when it comes to protecting their basket, as they have allowed a league low 73.6 ppg so far. Maccabi are nowhere near that number, as they are the third-worst defensive team in the tournament (83.7 ppg).
Expect complete domination by Olympiacos on Thursday, even though the game will be played in Tel Aviv.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Tips
- Olympiacos -3.5 @1.90