This is a matchup between neighbors of the Euroleague standings. Olimpia Milano and Olympiacos will meet at Mediolanum Forum, the home of Milano. This is an entertaining game, so please review our thoughts here below.
Currently, Olympiacos is sharing 6-8 positions in the standings (13-12) and this game is very important for them as they want to stay in the playoff spot. They are very struggling lately. Over their last 5 games, they have won only 1 and this win was against Buducnost, so it does not look impressive. The biggest problem for Olympiacos is that they forgot how to attack the basket. In their last 5 games, averaged only 72.5ppg. It is even 6 points worse than their season average.
Olympiakos leaders this season: Nikola Milutinov (11ppg, 8rpg, 19.9PIR) Georgios Printezis (10.9ppg, 5.4rpg), Vassilis Spanoulis (10.6ppg, 4.9apg). Olympiacos is playing awful on the road with the record 4-9.
Currently, Olimpia is sharing 6-8 positions in the standings (13-12) and this game is very important for them as well, because they want to stay in the playoff spot. Milan has been playing very well lately and this is the reason why they are still competing for the playoffs. This is a good offensive team that shoots many threes and averages 87ppg. Arturas Gudaitis is still injured and won't be in the lineup for this game. This is a huge problem for Olimpia because they will have to deal against Georgios Printezis and Gudaitis will be really missed in the paint.
Mike James is red hot this season. He is beating all-time Euroleague records in scoring and it looks like making it to the basket is nothing for James. He averages almost 20 points and no one has done it in the history of Euroleague. Milan's leaders this season: Mike James (19.7pts, 6.8ast), Vladimir Micov (14.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg), Arturas Gudaitis (12.5ppg, 7.1rpg).
So this is a game with an extremely huge level of importance. Both teams are above the playoff berth by just a little bit and one game could decide their fate. Olimpia should have some problems while dealing with Georgios Printezis because they are missing Arturas Gudaitis. But overall, Milan looks in a way better shape than Olympiacos. In their last game, Olimpia just crushed Olympiacos by a result 75-99. Olympia's leaders were: Mike James (22pts, 5ast), Nemanja Nedovic (20pts, 4ast, 4rebs), Vladimir Micov (19pts, 4rebs). Olympiacos leading scorers: Nikola Milutinov (15pts, 10rebs), Georgios Printezis (13pts, 5rebs), Evangelis Mantzaris (12pts, 3ast, 2rebs).
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