- Euroleague Basketball
- Audi Dome, Munich
- November 20, 2018
Two teams coming off home losses will try to jump back on the winning side in this meeting which counts for the 8th round of the Euroleague basketball. Bayern is a team that exceeded expectations in this early season, while the Greek side is having a losing streak, and can be found, surprisingly, out of the playoff’s spots.
Given zero chances, Bayern is flying under the radar, having at this moment a record of 3 wins and 4 losses. They currently sit on the last playoff spot, and they can be proud of beating on home soil Pao, Baskonia and Dacka. Their losses in Audi Dome came against Efes and CSKA. The team is led by their veteran, Djedovic, with 14.0 points per game, followed by Lucic, 10.9 points per game and Williams, 10.2 points per game. The team is averaging 82.9 points scored per game and allowed 82.0 points per game. Stefan Jovic is having an outstanding season, a player that owns the EuroLeague’s single-game assist record – 19, and he is averaging 4.6 per game.
Olympiacos started this season with a complete revamp team, starting with the bench, where one of the best European coaches took over, David Blatt. Huge additions have been added to the team, both inside the arc, Timma (Baskonia), Vezenkov (Barcelona) and LeDay, and outside the 3-point line, where they added Nigel Gross (Partizan) and Toupane (Zalgiris). At this moment, Olympiacos is ranked 10th, with 3 wins and 4 losses. Even though they are ranked outside of the playoff’s spots, we must highlight that the Reds are losing back to back games on two of the toughest arenas in the world. They kept the games on the edge against both CSKA (69-65) and Pao (93-80, with the Reds leading by 8 at halftime). The latest loss came on home court, 72-73, against Fenerbahce. Olympiacos had the last shot, but could not convert, and this loss increased the losing streak to 3 games.
Milan Macvan is out for a longer period.
Dimitrios Agravanis is doubtful for this match, and small forward Axel Toupane is out for Rounds 8 and 9, with an ankle injury.
Bayern and Olympiacos only met twice before, five years ago, when the Greek powerhouse was defending back-to-back champions titles. Despite losing both games, Bayern kept the games tight, 103-105 at home and 88-82 on the road.
With 4 losses in the last 5 rounds, coach Blatt needs to find the solution to end the 3 games losing streak. More than this, Oly lost again on Sunday on the arch-enemies court, Pao, in the Greek championship, so the tensions must be at an insane level in the Oly’s locker room. Expect from the Greek giant to force a win here.
Olympiacos to win @ 1.75 (EFBet).
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