Olympiacos Piraeus vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Date: 10th February 2017
Kick-off: 20:00 CET
On Friday night, Olympiacos Piraeus will be hosting Zalgiris Kaunas at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in what is expected to be a pretty exciting game.
Olympiacos have been in a pretty fine form recently, winning six out of their last seven games with their only losses coming against Milan and Brose Bamberg. A bit surprising is that since the start of the campaign, the Greek club has lost to over .500 teams just twice so far, thus showing that they perform better when they play a stronger opponent.
Zalgiris, despite having a negative record, have shown that they can play good basketball, which is quite evident lately. The club from Lithuania has won three games in a row and all three victories have been against strong teams – CSKA, Darussafaka and Barcelona. On Friday night they will be visiting Olympiacos, which could mean that their streak could end.
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to head stats
For the past 16 years, Olympiacos Piraeus and Zalgiris Kaunas have played each other 13 times in the Euroleague and the Greek club has won 10 of those meetings.
Olympiacos are 5-1 against Zalgiris at home.
In the first match between the two clubs this season, Olympiacos won as visitors with a 75-88 score.
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
The game on Friday between Olympiacos and Zalgiris will definitely be a very competitive one, as both squads need wins. The Lithuanians in order to have some chance of reaching the playoffs, while the Greeks in order to move up closer to the top of the table.
In order to fight for the win, Zalgiris will have to do an exceptional job on offense, as Olympiacos are more than a tough nut to crack defensively. The Greek club has allowed 74.4 ppg until now, which is the second-fewest among all teams in the Euroleague. Olympiacos’ scoring has suffered a bit as a result, as they are averaging 79.7 ppg. However, even that is more than Zalgiris’ offensive numbers (78.7 ppg).
Expect a very competitive game on Friday night, which would most likely end with a win for Olympiacos.
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Tips
- Zalgiris +8.5 @ 1.90