Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 28 December 2017
Time : 19:00 CET
Well, we successfully predicted that Zalgiris Kaunas would stay relevant against Valencia last week (+4.5), but they went on and outright won by 63:71. It was a seemingly balanced match between the two sides, but Zalgiris Kaunas scored twice as many points in the third quarter and essentially sealed the deal. Micic scored a game-high 15 points with 5 assists, White scored 11 with 5 rebounds, Jankunas had a massive 11/11 double double, while Milaknis and Davies also scored double digits in a beatiful team effort. Zalgiris Kaunas have now won five in a row in all competitions, with their defense being really strong overall in that span. They are now sitting at the 5th spot of the Euroleague (W9 L5), with an average of 80.71 points per match, against 80.14 conceded.
On the other hand, Olympiacos Piraeus also gave us a nice pay-out last week, when they were engaged in a really low scoring 58:61 win on the road against Anadolu Efes. Olympiacos Piraeus showed their teeth in the first quarter, where they outscored their opponents by 9:17. Even though they failed to score more points than their opponents in any of the next three quarters, they managed to hold on to their lead. That was their third consecutive win in all competitions, as Olympiacos Piraeus are having a really great season so far. They are still sitting at the 2nd spot of the Euroleague (W11 L3), still featuring both the best defense (70.78), and the worst offense (73.78).
Previous 5 games:
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Alytaus Djukija 72:60
Valencia vs Zalgiris Kaunas 63:71
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Brose Bamberg 88:84
Prienai vs Zalgiris Kaunas 70:89
Fenerbahce vs Zalgiris Kaunas 89:90
Anadolu Efes vs Olympiacos Piraeus 58:61
Olympiacos Piraeus vs CSKA Moscow 88:86
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Lavrio 91:62
Brose Bamberg vs Olympiacos Piraeus 67:65
AEK Athens vs Olympiacos Piraeus 66:62
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Head to Head Stats
Olympiacos Piraeus won both matches against Zalgiris Kaunas last season, by 75:88 in this venue, before a 73:64 in Greece. Moreover, they have been really strong in this venue over the years, having won five of their seven trips here.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Prediction
Olympiacos Piraeus have been really strong in the Euroleague this season, mostly due to their amazing defense. They just might be able to pull a win here, but there is value to be taken advantage of in the Under/Over markets.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Olympiacos Piraeus: Betting Tips
I will gladly take the Under 150.5 points here (@1.80), as Olympiacos Piraeus have by far the best defense, while Zalgiris Kaunas have been really tight in the defensive end lately.
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