Olimpia Milano vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 26 January 2018
Time: 20:45 CET
Olimpia Milano proved that their win against Unicaja Malaga last week was not a fluke, when they went on to record back-to-back wins against Baskonia. They traveled to Spain looking to stay competitive, and they managed to record a really nice win. They made an excellent start in the match, as they were already up by 36:47 at the end of the first half. They really struggled in the second half though, as they were outscored in each of the next two quarters, but managed to hold on to their lead and eventually won by 82:83. Theodore was really strong with 16 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals, Goudelock scored 16 with 3 steals, while Gudaitis (12p, 7r) and Kuzminskas (10p) helped towards that win. That win pushed Olimpia Milano from the bottom spot of the Euroleague, as they are now sitting at the 15th spot (W6 L13). They score 78.89 points per match, while conceding 83.42 in the process.
On the other hand, Maccabi Tel Aviv left no room for doubt when they hosted Crvena Zvezda last week, as they won by a comfortable 89:75 at home. They took the leading role early in the match, as they were already up by 47:29 by the end of the first half. However, they got a little complacent in the second half, and allowed their opponents to chew their lead down to 14 points. Jackson scored a game-high with 22 points, 5 assists and 2 steals, while Tyus scored 15 with 7 rebounds. Kane (14p, 4r), Thomas (10p) and Cole (10p) also helped towards that strong showing. Maccabi Tel Aviv really needed that win in order to wash off that terrible 30-point loss against Olympiacos Piraeus earlier that week. They are now sitting at the 8th spot of the Euroleague (W10 L9), scoring a clear 80 points per match, while allowing 82.26 in the process.
Previous 5 games:
Olimpia Milano vs Cremona 82:80
Baskonia vs Olimpia Milano 82:83
Olimpia Milano vs Unicaja Malaga 101:87
Olimpia Milano vs Venezia 80:84
Olimpia Milano vs CSKA Moscow 81:107
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Galil Elyon 91:94
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Crvena Zvezda 89:75
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 94:64
Bnei Hasharon vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 86:90
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Brose Bamberg 90:88
Olimpia Milano vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to Head Stats
Maccabi Tel Aviv were really good when they hosted Olimpia Milano on November 2nd, as they won by 79:68. The two teams exchanged home wins last season, with Olimpia Milano winning by 99:97 in this venue, before falling by 92:82 in Israel. Maccabi Tel Aviv have the upper hand in this match-up, but Olimpia Milano have been the better team in this venue (W4 L2).
Olimpia Milano vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
Olimpia Milano have shown signs of life lately, due to the addition of ex-NBAer Mindaugas Kuzminskas. He has really elevated the team, and they have now scored at least 80 points in each of their last five. Maccabi Tel Aviv have also been good offensively, and we just might see a lot of points here.
Olimpia Milano vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
Maccabi Tel Aviv somewhat struggle to score points against strong defenses, especially on the road. However, Olimpia Milano don’t have such a good defense, and there is a good chance this match will be a high-scoring one. I will take the Over 162.5 points here @ 1.80.
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