Two teams fighting for the 8th and final playoff place of the Euroleague Basketball are clashing in the 23rd round of action, when the Italian Champions Olimpia Milano (11-11), looking to extend their current small winning streak, are hosting the Israeli Champions of Maccabi Tel Aviv (10-12), who have lost only once in their last six games.
Date/Time: 02-21-2019, 14:45 EDT
Spread: Olimpia Milano -4.5
Olimpia Milano have a 11-11 record so far this season and are currently tied with two more teams in the 7th place of the league. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Darussafaka with a 90-78 score. They are led in scoring by Mike James with 20.2 ppg, adding a team high 7.1 dimes per game. He is followed by James Nunnally with 16 ppg, while Vladimir Micov adds 14.6 ppg.
Maccabi have a 10-12 record so far this season and currently sit in the 10th place of the league. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won at home against Olympiakos with a 65-64 score. They are led in scoring by Scottie Wilbekin with 13.2 ppg, adding a team high 3.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Johnny O’Bryant with 11 ppg and a team high 5.5 boards per game, while Tarik Black adds 9.7 ppg and 5.3 boards per game.
In their previous meeting in the first round of the season, Maccabi won at home with a 94-92 score. Olimpia Milano have a 6-5 home record so far, while Maccabi are 3-8 on the road. Milano are better offensively, scoring 87.4 ppg to Maccabi’s 79.3, while Maccabi are better defensively, allowing 80.1 ppg to Milano’s 86.1. Milano have a better field goal percentage (46.8% to 46.4%), while Maccabi have a better 3-point percentage (40% to 35.7%). Milano are better in dimes made (16.4 to 15.9) and in boards grabbed (31.3 to 30.7) and both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (11.1 to 11.3). Milano are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a weak on the road Maccabi team.
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Olimpia Milano Prediction: Olimpia Milano -4.5 (-104)
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