In the 21st round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, we have a rematch of last season’s Final, when the Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus (13-7), are hosting the Turkish and Euroleague champions Fenerbahce (14-6) on Thursday, February 1st 2018. The game takes place at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in the city of Piraeus, Greece.
Date/Time: 02-01-2018, 14:00 EDT
Spread: Olympiakos -2
Olympiakos have a 13-7 record so far this season and currently sit on the 5th place of the league table. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against Crvena Zvezda an 89-78 score. They are led in scoring by Georgios Printezis with 11.4 ppg, adding a team high 5.2 rebounds. He is followed by Vassilis Spanoulis with 11 ppg and a team high 5.3 assists per game, while Jamel McLean adds 8.7 ppg and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Fenerbahce have a 14-6 record so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the league table. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Barcelona with an 86-82 score. They are led in scoring by Jan Vesely with 13.5 ppg, adding 4.9 rebounds. He is followed by Brad Wanamaker with 13.2 ppg and 4.2 assists per game, while James Nunnally adds 10.4 ppg and Kostas Sloukas adds 9.6 ppg and a team high 5.3 assists per game.
In their previous matchup on the first round, Olympiakos won on the road in overtime with an 83-90 score. Olympiakos are 8-1 at home so far this season, while Fenerbahce are 7-3 on the road. Fener are better both offensively, scoring 80.2 ppg to Olympiakos’ second-worse of 75.2 and defensively, allowing 74 ppg to Olympiakos’ 74.3. They also have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 48.9% to Olympiakos’ league-low of 43.8% and in 3-pointers, shooting with a second-best of 41.1% to Olympiakos’ league-low of 33%. Fener are also better in assists made, with 19.1 to Olympiakos’ 16.4 and in turnovers committed (10.8 to 12.3), while Olympiakos are only better in rebounding, grabbing a second-best of 32.5 to Fener’s 29.1. Fener are coming in this game red-hot and have been pretty strong on the road, so expect them to get away with the road victory one way or another today.
Fenerbahce vs Olympiakos Prediction: Fenerbahce +2 (-111)