Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Olympiakos
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 24 October 2017
Time: 20:05 CET
Maccabi is still undefeated in each of the competitions this season, with a 2-0 record in the Euroleague and 3-0 in the domestic Super League. Last Saturday they’ve struggled against Gilboa Galil in the Israeli league, but managed to get an away win (72:74), and more importantly, rested some of the players for the upcoming Euroleague match. They surely needed that, since only 2 days before they’ve welcomed Baskonia (74:68), and now have a chance to get to a 3-0 record in case of a win against Olympiakos, another team without a loss in the first two rounds of the competition.
Olympiakos is coming to Tel Aviv after a routine home win over Trikala (86:51) last Saturday, following a win over Unicaja (80:75) in the Euroleague 2 days before. Tough tempo for the Greek side, since Spanoulis and Brooks are still out due to injuries, Mantzaris doubtful for this game, with Tillie being sidelined long-term, but at least Strelnieks and Papanikolaou are back to the team and seem ready to play.
Previous five games:
Gilboa Galil vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 72 : 74
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Baskonia 74 : 68
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Bnei Herzliya 80 : 61
Bamberg vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 71 : 88
Hapoel Eilat vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 68 : 82
Olympiakos vs Trikala 86 : 51
Olympiakos vs Unicaja 80 : 75
G.S. Kymis vs Olympiakos 56 : 85
Olympiakos vs Baskonia 75 : 64
Olympiakos vs Panathinaikos 68 : 71
Both teams are playing their next game in Euroleague on Thursday – Maccabi is facing Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade, while Olympiakos will be the host of Khimki Moscow.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Olympiakos: Head to Head Stats
In the last 10 years, these two clubs are even in their encounters (5-5). Last season both of the teams have won their away game – Olympiakos at Tel Aviv (71:82) in March, while Maccabi won at Piraeus 3 months before (73:80). Last friendly game in September was won by the Greek side (90:82).
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Olympiakos: Prediction
I’m expecting a close game here, that can go either way. Normally, I would give an advantage to Olympiakos, but since they will still be missing a few players, Maccabi definitely has a big chance for the win. Also, I expect the game to be finished with a significant number of points on the scoreboard.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Olympiakos: Betting Tips
OVER 154.5 points (1.90) is the best bet, in my opinion, as several of the recent encounters of these two teams were around or over this number.
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