Two squads coming off opposite outcomes in their latest matchups face off in the 3rd round of the Euroleague Basketball, when the Greek Olympiakos Piraeus (1-1), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Russian Zenit St. Petersburg (1-1), who are still looking for their first win this season.
Date/Time: 10-18-2019, 14:30 EDT
Spread: Olympiakos -10
Olympiakos have a 1-1 record so far this season and are currently tied with seven more teams in the 6th place of the league table. In their last game they won at home against Valencia with an 89-63 score. They are led in scoring by Georgios Printezis with 14 ppg, adding 3.5 boards per game. He is followed by Nikola Milutinov with 13.5 ppg and a team high 12 boards per game.
Zenit have a 0-2 record so far this season and are currently tied four more teams in the last place of the league table. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against Barcelona with a 63-87 score. They are led in scoring by Will Thomas with 11.5 ppg, adding a team high 6 boards per game. He is followed by Tim Abromaitis with 10.5 ppg and 4.5 boards per game.
This will be the first meeting between those two teams in any competition. Olympiakos have a 1-0 home record so far this season, while Zenit are 0-1 on the road. Olympiakos are better both offensively, scoring 76 ppg to Zenit’s 64 and defensively, allowing 72.5 ppg to Zenit’s 86. They also have better percentages both in field goals (46.6% to 38.3%) and in 3-pointers (36.1% to 28.8%). Zenit on the other hand are better in dimes made (19.5 to 15), while Olympiakos are better both in boards grabbed (32.5 to 30.5) and in turnovers committed (12.5 to 15.5). Bookmakers give Olympiakos a -10 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home win.
Zenit Petersburg vs Olympiakos Prediction: Olympiakos -10 (-109)
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