In the 23rd round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, last season’s finalists Olympiakos Piraeus (15-7) from Greece, are hosting the Spanish champions of Valencia Basket Club (8-14) on Thursday, February 22nd 2018. The game takes place at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in the city of Piraeus, Greece. Euroleague Valencia vs Olympiakos Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-22-2018, 14:00 EDT
Spread: Olympiakos -8.5
Olympiakos have a 15-7 record so far this season. And are currently tied with Fenerbahce in the second place of the league table. They have back-to-back wins. Furthermore in their last game they won on the road against Real Madrid with a 79-80 score. They are led in scoring by Georgios Printezis with 11.9 ppg, adding a team high 5.4 rebounds. He is followed by Vassilis Spanoulis with 10.8 ppg and a team high 5.1 assists per game, while Jamel McLean adds 8.7 ppg and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Valencia have an 8-14 record so far this season and currently sit on the 12th place of the league table. They have won two of their last three matches. And in their last game they won at home against CSKA Moscow with a 103-99 score. They are led in scoring by Erick Green with 16 ppg, while Tibor Pleiss follows with 10.6 ppg and a team high 5.6 rebounds per game. Boban Dubljevic adds 10.6 ppg and 4.9 rebounds per game.
In their previous matchup on the first round, Olympiakos won on the road with a 64-72 score. Back in the 2014/15 season, Olympiakos won both matches by an average of 2 points. Olympiakos are 9-1 at home so far this season, while Valencia are 2-9 on the road. Valencia are better offensively, scoring 77.8 ppg to Olympiakos’ 76.3, while Olympiakos are better defensively, allowing 74.3 ppg to Valencia’s 80.7. Valencia have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 38.7% to Olympiakos’ 34.7%, while both teams have almost identical 2-point percentage, shooting with 50.9% and 50.6%. Olympiakos are better in rebounding, grabbing 32.1 to Valencia’s 28.5, while Valencia are better in assists made, with 17.7 to Olympiakos’ 16.6. Olympiakos are the favorite in this game but expect a closer game than 9 points, so pick Valencia in this one.
Valencia vs Olympiakos Prediction: Valencia +8.5 (-111)
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