Olympiacos Piraeus vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 25 October 2018
Time: 20:00 CET
Olympiacos Piraeus (W2 L1) are coming off a massive loss at home against Olimpia Milano, where they fell by 24 points. The Reds were actually really solid in the first quarter and were leading by two points. However, they failed to replicate that in the next three quarters, as they scored very few points. They had already lost their lead by the end of the first half, and were actually destroyed in the last quarter by 12:26 to eventually lose by 75:99. Milutinov was the leading scorer with his second consecutive double-double, scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. Printezis scored 13 points with 5 rebounds and a steal, while Mantzaris and Vezenkov scored 12 each. It was a terrible effort for the Greeks, who fell apart in the second half. They are now sitting at the 7th spot of the Euroleague, scoring an average of 82.33 points per match, while conceding 81.66 in the process.
On the other hand, Maccabi Tel Aviv (W1 L2) had met two very slim losses in their first two matches in the Euroleague, so they were really interested in a win. And they did so, when they recorded a 68:78 victory on the road against Buducnost. They were not very good in the first half, as they were actually down by 7 points and the break. But they started their comeback in the third quarter and eventually destroyed their opponents in the final quarter, outscoring them by 6:20. Wilbekin was great in that match, scoring a game-high 28 points with 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 6 triples. Roll scored 12 points with 4 assists, while Black scored 10 with 6 rebounds. Kane was also pretty good with 7 points, 6 assists and 8 rebounds. Maccabi Tel Aviv are now sitting 8th in the Euroleague, scoring 82.66 points per match, while allowing 82 in the process.
Previous 5 games:
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Ifestos Limnou 83:46
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Olimpia Milano 75:99
Baskonia vs Olympiacos Piraeus 80:85
G.S. Kimi vs Olympiacos Piraeus 74:77
Khimki Moscow vs Olympiacos Piraeus 66:87
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Beer Sheva 66:64
Buducnost vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 68:78
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs CSKA Moscow 86:89
Hapoel Eilat vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 70:83
Panathinaikos vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 89:84
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to Head Stats
Olympiacos Piraeus won both matches against Maccabi Tel Aviv last season, by a slim 68:69 on the road before a massive 94:64 in this venue. The Greeks have the upper hand in this match-up in the past two decades (W11 L8), and have also been solid as hosts (W6 L3).
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
Olympiacos Piraeus have dropped 20 points in their last two wins against Maccabi Tel Aviv in this venue. They will surely be looking to bounce back after a massive loss to Olimpia Milano, and they have traditionally been good against this opponent. Maccabi Tel Aviv were not very good against a bad team like Buducnost and will not have an easy job here.
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
Olympiacos Piraeus will most likely win this match, and they should be able to cover the -6.5 spread @ 1.85 here. Maccabi Tel Aviv. They are always good at home, and even though Maccabi Tel Aviv might pose a threat here, I think that the home team will eventually prevail.