Two squads sitting on mirror sides of the league table are clashing in the 26th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, when the second-best Olympiakos Piraeus (18-7) are hosting the second-worse FC Barcelona Lassa (8-17) on Thursday, March 15th 2018. The game takes place at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in the city of Piraeus, Greece.
Date/Time: 03-15-2018, 14:00 EDT
Spread: Olympiakos -7.5
Olympiakos have an 18-7 record so far this season and are currently tied with Fenerbahce in the second place of the league table. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Bamberg with an 85-79 score. They are led in scoring by Vassilis Spanoulis with 12.4 ppg, adding a team high 5.3 assists per game. He is followed by Georgios Printezis with 12 ppg, adding a team high 5.5 rebounds, while Jamel McLean adds 8.7 ppg and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersBarcelona have an 8-17 record so far this season and currently sit on the second to last place of the league table. They have lost eight of their last nine matches and in their last game they lost at home against Crvena Zvezda with an 88-54 score. They are led in scoring by Thomas Heurtel with 11 ppg, adding a team high 6.5 assists per game. He is followed by Rakim Sanders with 8.9 ppg, while Ante Tomic adds 8.8 ppg and 4.4 rebounds per game.
In their previous meeting in the first round, Barcelona won easily at home with a 73-51 score. Olympiakos are 11-1 at home so far this season, while Barcelona are the worst road team in the league with a 1-11 record. Barcelona are better offensively, scoring 80.4 ppg to Olympiakos’ third-worse of 77.3, while Olympiakos are better defensively, allowing 74.7 ppg to Barcelona’s 79.8. Barcelona have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.8% to Olympiakos’ 45% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.7% to Olympiakos’ league-low of 33.9%. They are also better in assists made, with 20.6 to Olympiakos’ 16.2 and in turnovers committed (11.8 to 12.1), while Olympiakos are better in rebounding, grabbing 32.7 to Barcelona’s 31.4. Olympiakos are the absolute favorite for the win and expect them to win easily by more than 8 points against a disappointing Barcelona squad.
Barcelona vs Olympiakos Prediction: Olympiakos -7.5 (-111)