In this battle between two teams sitting within the playoff places of the Euroleague Basketball, the Turkish Anadolu Efes (14-8), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Greek Olympiakos Piraeus (12-10), who on the other hand want to end a losing streak of their own.
Date/Time: 02-21-2019, 12:30 EDT
Spread: Anadolu Efes -5.5
Anadolu Efes have a 14-8 record so far this season and currently sit in the fourth place of the league. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against Gran Canaria with a 93-74 score. They are led in scoring by Rodrigue Beaubois with 12.3 ppg, adding 3 dimes per game. He is followed by Vasilje Micic with 12.3 ppg and a team high 5.3 dimes per game, while Adrien Moerman adds 11.8 ppg and a team high 6.2 boards per game.
Olympiakos have a 12-10 record so far this season and currently sit in the 6th place of the league. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Maccabi Tel Aviv with a 65-64 score. They are led in scoring by Nikola Milutinov with 11 ppg, adding a team high 8 boards per game. He is followed by Georgios Printezis with 10.9 ppg and 5.4 boards per game, while Vassilis Spanoulis adds 10.6 ppg and a team high 4.9 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting in the first round of the season, OIympiakos won at home with an 88-81 score. Anadolu Efes have a 9-2 home record so far, while Olympiakos are 4-7 on the road. Anadolu Efes are better offensively, scoring 85.4 ppg to Olympiakos’ 78.3, while Olympiakos are better defensively, allowing 76.8 ppg to Anadolu Efes’ 80.2. Efes have better percentages both in field goals (52.5% to 47.1%) and in 3-pointers (42% to 36.3%). They are also better in dimes made (20.2 to 18.1), while Olympiakos are better in boards grabbed (32.2 to 28.8) and both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (12 to 12.3). Anadolu Efes are the absolute favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against an inferior Olympiakos squad.
Olympiakos vs Anadolu Efes Prediction: Anadolu Efes -5.5 (-115)
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