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05/02/2015 19:45 – Olympiacos Piraeus v CSKA Moscow
There is always an added air of excitement and drama when two teams with a strong European pedigree meet in the leading European competition. These two teams last met in the semi-final of the 2013 Euroleague, and there will be plenty of fans that still have that game in the back of their mind. When it comes to betting on Euroleague games, the rate of change since then means that there isn’t a lot to rely on when it comes to finding a tip or insight, but there will be old scores to settle in Belgrade with this game.
One player who will be excited about the game is Kyle Hines. Hines has reached the top of the sport with Euroleague wins with Olympiacos, and he played in the 2013 match, but he did so in the red of the Greek side and in this game, he will be going all out to help the Russian side. With CSKA Moscow coming into this match with a perfect record in the Euroleague, the pressure on them, and the motivation for their opponents, builds with every game.
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Olympiacos have performed well this season
Olympiacos hold a 12-3 record, which includes an 8-2 record in the regular season, and a 4-1 record in the Top 16. This is a team on good form and they have scored an average of 74.5 points in the Euroleague this campaign. One of the brightest sparks for the team has been Vassilis Spanoulis, with an average of 16 points per game and an average of 5.2 assists per game. There has also been the strong form of US forward Othello Hunter, who has offered up an average of 8.3 points per game while also providing an average of 5.2 rebounds per game.
Domestically, things have been going very well for Olympiacos, sitting in first place with a 13-1 record. They dealt with Apollon Patras in their most recent game, grabbing a 56-67 win away from home. However, while the form of the Greek side is impressive, it does sit in the shade when it is compared to the form of CSKA Moscow.
CSKA Moscow remain resolute in Europe
The Russian giants hold a 15-0 record in the Euroleague, having won every game so far. This means that there is a 10-0 record in regular season and so far, a 5-0 record in the Euroleague. The law of averages say that some team will beat them at some point, but when?
If there is hope for Olympiacos, it comes in the domestic form of CSKA. Not that the Moscow side are looking weak, they hold a 16-2 record and sit in first place but in their most recent game, they succumbed to a 76-78 home defeat at the hands of Lokomotiv. The team is not entirely invincible, and Olympiacos have home advantage so can the Greeks do the damage?
You have to say that the odds are still with CSKA though and having scored an average of 89.7 points per game, you can see why. Nando De Colo has been in excellent form, offering up an average of 15.3 points per game while Andrey Vorontsevich has provided an average of 11.4 points per game and an average of 5.7 rebounds per game. Mind you, there will be some people saying that Milos Teodosic is the man to look out for as the Serbian guard has offered up an average of 16.6 points per game and an average of 7.6 assists per game.
Taking CSKA Moscow with a -1.5 handicap, at odds of 1.94 is a safe bet and if you want to look at the Over/Under market, going Over 150.5 is a sensible option. Both of these bets are available from Bet365, one of the best places you will find for Eurobasket betting. Bet Now!
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