Olympiacos Piraeus vs Fenerbahce
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 15 November 2018
Time: 19:00 CET
Olympiacos Piraeus (W3 L3) met a really hard loss on the road against arch-rivals Panathinaikos last week, as they fell by 93:80. The Reds actually made a really strong entrance in the first quarter and took a two-point lead. They extended that lead at the second quarter and entered the half-time break leading by seven points (41:48). But Panathinaikos launched an all-out attack in the third quarter led by Antetokounmpo and outscored Olympiacos Piraeus by 26:14. Panathinaikos were already in the lead and there was nothing Olympiacos Piraeus could do at that point. Giorgos Printezis exploded for 26 points on 9/10 shooting to go along with 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Tima was excellent with 5/6 triples to go for 17 points with 3 assists and 2 rebounds. Olympiacos Piraeus are now sitting at the 10th spot of the Euroleague, scoring an average of 80 points per match, while allowing 81.66 in the process.
On the other hand, Fenerbahce (W5 L1) fought really hard in order to escape from Spain with the win against Baskonia. It was a pretty numb match in the first quarter and it was Baskonia that took a slim, two-point lead. But Fenerbahce reacted great in the second quarter and the two teams went into the half-time break tied at 33:33. Baskonia were really good in the third quarter and were at some point leading by 12 points but Fenerbahce did great to turn that match around. They capitalized on the numerous turnovers committed by their opponents and eventually managed to overturn the lead in their favor and won by 72:74. Datome scored a team-high 16 points with 5 rebounds and 2 triples, while Lauvergne backed him up with 15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Vesely, Sloukas and Kalinic all scored 9 points each in what was a great team effort. Fenerbahce are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the Euroleague, scoring an average of 86.16 points per match, while allowing 79.5 in the process.
Previous 5 games:
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Lavrio 102:63
Panathinaikos vs Olympiacos Piraeus 93:80
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Kolossos Rhodes 84:53
CSKA Moscow vs Olympiacos Piraeus 69:65
Aris vs Olympiacos Piraeus 64:68
Bahcesehir vs Fenerbahce 77:84
Baskonia vs Fenerbahce 72:74
Fenerbahce vs Anadolu Efes 86:79
Fenerbahce vs Bayern Munich 88:84
Gaziantep vs Fenerbahce 55:67
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Fenerbahce: Head to Head Stats
Olympiacos Piraeus won both matches against Fenerbahce last season, by 83:90 in Turkey before a 95:70 in this venue. They have the upper hand in this match-up over the years (W11 L6) and have also been excellent as hosts (W5 L2).
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Fenerbahce: Prediction
Olympiacos Piraeus have been excellent as hosts and will surely have a filled up venue. Coach Obradovic knows Olympiacos Piraeus too well from his days coaching Panathinaikos, and knows well enough how to handle a hot venue.
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Fenerbahce: Betting Tips
I think Olympiacos needs to have a reaction today. They can’t afford another loss even if they play a team of Fener’s calibre. After last week’s horrific second half in Athens I expect Spanoulis&co to show up and stay focused for the entire match. Vesely will most likely miss this match for the turks after the birth of his daughter. So perhaps a bet on Milutinov over 9.5 would also be worth.