Olympiacos B.C. vs Alba Berlin Livestream
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Olympiacos finds themselves navigating a challenging stretch in the EuroLeague, with three losses in their last four games, resulting in a 12-11 record. Despite a commendable effort against Real Madrid in the previous round, where they narrowly fell 90-85 without key centers, Nikola Milutinov's prolonged absence due to foot surgery poses a significant hurdle for over two months.
The return of Moustapha Fall is not imminent, leaving Filip Petrusev likely to assume the center position against Alba. The absence of a dominant presence in the paint may create challenges, relying on Olympiacos' backcourt prowess. Moses Wright could step in, but his role remains uncertain. Kostas Papanikolau's solid form, Isaiah Canaan's explosive starts, and Alec Peters' standout season offer some reassurance.
Olympiacos must secure a win, given their weaker-than-expected standings. Controlling the game's pace and limiting Alba's transition opportunities is crucial to avoid further setbacks.
On the flip side, Alba Berlin rides the momentum of an 89-80 victory against Crvena Zvezda, marking their fifth EuroLeague win this season. Matt Thomas, Gabriele Procida, and Sterling Brown played pivotal roles, with Brown's experience standing out. Despite offensive challenges, possessing the lowest offensive rating in the EuroLeague, they aim to compensate with a focus on running and shooting more three-pointers.
Success against Crvena Zvezda doesn't guarantee a repeat in Piraeus. Johannes Thiemann's injury complicates matters, and Christ Koumadje may exploit Olympiacos' weaknesses under the basket.
For a chance in Piraeus, Alba Berlin needs consistent low post plays and favorable positions for their centers, creating opportunities for shooters in the backcourt. The outcome hinges on shooting percentages, determining whether they face a double-digit loss or a different result.
Olympiacos, less favorably positioned in the standings, aims to dictate the game's tempo and limit Alba's transition opportunities. Despite missing key players, the backcourt's role, led by Papanikolau, Canaan, and Peters, will be crucial. The team's robust defense, allowing an impressive league-low of 75.3 points per game, will be pivotal. However, the absence of Milutinov and Fall may challenge their rebounding prowess.
Conversely, Alba Berlin, with the lowest offensive rating, must capitalize on strengths like Thomas, Procida, and Brown. Koumadje's impact in the paint could exploit Olympiacos' vulnerabilities.
In their previous encounter, Olympiacos dominated Alba Berlin with a 94-67 victory, showcasing their historical prowess. Given recent form and challenges, a controlled offensive approach by Olympiacos and a steadfast focus on defense are anticipated strategies.