Real Madrid vs Olympiacos Piraeus
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 9 February 2018
Time: 20:45 CET
Real Madrid are coming into this match after a tough 93:87 loss on the road against CSKA Moscow last week. They made a really horrible start in the match, as they were already down by 33:11 at the end of the first quarter. They woulnd’t let this one slide, and they were much better at the second half, but even though they outscored their opponents by 15:27 in the final quarter, it was not enough to reverse the damage. Doncic was really good once again with his game-high 21 points to go along with 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Carroll scored 16, Thompkins scored 13 with 4 rebounds, and Campazzo scored 10 with 4 assists, while every player who played more than 10 minutes had something to contribute. After an amazing run in the months of December and January, Real Madrid have now lost two in a row. They are sitting at the 4th spot of the Euroleagiue (W13 L8), featuring the 2nd best offense with 84.23 points per match, while allowing 78.14 in the process. They will be missing Llull, Kuzmic and quite possibly Ayon for this match, while Fernandez is also doubtful to participate.
On the other hand, Olympiacos Piraeus exploded in their last match, where they destroyed Fenerbahce by a massive 95:70 at home. Their offense had produced just 73.4 points per match prior to that game, but they managed to score 34 points in the first quarter alone (34:18). Their opponents tried to make a comeback in the second quarter, but Olympiacos Piraeus managed to take the reigns once again, and made a strong finish in the second half. Strelnieks and Spanoulis scored 19 points each, McLean and Printezis each chipped in 12 more, while Papanikolaou scored 9 with 4 steals. Olympiacos Piraeus have shown some offensive weaknesses lately, but they have now scored pretty comfortably in their last five matches in all competitions. That win pushed them up to the 2nd spot of the Euroleague (W14 L7), but they still feature the worst offense with 74.42 points per match, paired with the best defense with 73.14 conceded. They will be making this trip with a handful of injury concerns, as Agravanis, Tillie and Young have been ruled out, while Papapetrou is a doubt.
Previous 5 games:
Morabank Andorra vs Real Madrid 89:87
CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid 93:87
Real Madrid vs Bilbao 95:65
Real Madrid vs Anadolu Efes 87:68
Gipuzkoa vs Real Madrid 84:98
Olympiacos Piraeus vs G.S. Kimi 93:78
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Fenerbahce 95:70
Panathinaikos vs Olympiacos Piraeus 68:61
Crvena Zvezda vs Olympiacos Piraeus 89:78
Promitheas vs Olympiacos Piraeus 73:87
Real Madrid vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Head to Head Stats
The two teams were stuck at 72:72 when they met in Greece on December 8th, where Olympiacos Piraeus eventually managed to secure a 92:83 win. Last season it was Real Madrid who won both matches, and they have actually won five of the last seven matches against this opponent. Moreover, they have only lost once at home since 2000 (W12 L1), having won each of the last seven.
Real Madrid vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Prediction
Real Madrid have been dominant at home this season, and even more so lately, having won each of their last ten. Olympiacos Piraeus have won just two of their last ten, and they have failed to even be competitive in that span.
Real Madrid vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Betting Tips
I expect Real Madrid to come into this match looking to return to winning ways after back to back losses. They have destroyed every opponent in their path at home lately, and they surely can defeat Olympiacos Piraeus by -6.5 @ 1.77.