Two teams that had a very strong previous season are clashing in the 23rd round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, when the Spanish champions of Valencia Basket Club (8-14), are visiting last season’s finalists Olympiakos Piraeus (15-7) from Greece on Thursday, February 22nd 2018. The game takes place at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in the city of Piraeus, Greece.
Date/Time: 02-22-2018, 14:00 EDT
Spread: Olympiakos -8.5
Olympiakos are 15-7 so far in the league and are currently tied with Fenerbahce in the second place of the league table. They have two consecutive victories and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Real Madrid on the road with a 79-80 score. Georgios Printezis leads the team in scoring with 11.9 ppg, adding a team-best 5.4 boards per game. Vassilis Spanoulis follows with 10.8 ppg and a team-best 5.1 dimes per game, while Jamel McLean adds 8.7 ppg and 4.6 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersValencia are 8-14 so far in the league and are sitting on the 12th place of the league table. They are 2-1 in their last 3 and in their latest matchup they were victorious against CSKA Moscow at home with a 103-99 score. Erick Green leads the team in scoring with 16 ppg and Tibor Pleiss adds 10.6 ppg and a team-best 5.6 boards per game. Boban Dubljevic follows with 10.6 ppg and 4.9 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Olympiakos were victorious on the road with a 64-72 score. Back in the 2014/15 season, Olympiakos won both games by an average of 2 points. Olympiakos have a 9-1 home record this season, while Valencia are 2-9 on the road. Valencia have a better offense with 77.8 ppg to Olympiakos’ 76.3, while Olympiakos have a better defense, allowing 74.3 ppg to Valencia’s 80.7. Valencia have a better accuracy from behind the arc with 38.7% to Olympiakos’ 34.7%, while both teams have almost the same accuracy from inside the arc with 50.9% and 50.6%. Olympiakos grab more rebounds, with 32.1 to Valencia’s 28.5, while Valencia dish more assists, with 17.7 to Olympiakos’ 16.6. Olympiakos have the momentum after a big road win against Real Madrid and they are the favorite for the home victory but expect a closer game than 9 points so pick Valencia in this one.
Valencia vs Olympiakos Prediction: Valencia +8.5 (-111)