Euroleague Top-16 Picks. January 16th

spanoulis champToday we have 3 games listed in Euroleague schedule and two of them I find quite interesting to bet on. I can’t say that I like such kind of bets, probably during the regular season I would take just one of them, but I believe in Olympiacos today.

Olympiacos – Barcelona

As for me Olympiacos is on the same level as Barcelona as a team, but deciding factor is that Olympiacos playing basketball better. They have good defense, explosive offense, champions character and go-to leader (Spanoulis). Also today they have sold out arena and knowing how strong is crowd support in Greece I hold this as a factor too. Collins, Petway and Moore may see some minutes today too and this makes Olympiacos complete team.

Barcelona won last week in Turkey and could feel secure right now in the standings. Navarro missed last two games but is back to training to process and probably will play tonight. But usually this old fox he is not so impressive after injury breaks.

Olympiacos will have a tought night today but in the end I expect them to prevail in front of their crazy fans. I expect Olympiacos to win by less than 10 points but still see good chances for the cover this line until it moves to -5 or -5.5 which would be fair. Deciding factor is that Olympiacos must win this game and Barcelona can accept loss after winning against Ulker.

Pick: Olympiacos (-3.5) @ 1.94 3/10 Pinnacle

Zalgiris – Maccabi

Zalgiris scored 64 and 66 points in his last two games but I doubt if it is possible to score with lower percentage that they did against Efes Pilsen. At home Zalgiris playing fast attacking basketball but quality of their offense is not so good to win matches at this level. But they are as bad their results shows. I expect them to reach 71 points mark today against Maccabi in case their percentage will be at least close to average basketball numbers.

On other side we have Maccabi in great form scoring 79+ in all their January games. They like to play fast paced basketball and without Sofoklis they should be even faster on the field. I can’t see how Zalgiris will stop Maccabi offense today and expect away team to reach 80 points zone quite easily.

All in one I see good chances for team to finish this game somewhere in 155-157 points range and this could be even higher if Maccabi will find their rhytm offensively. 151.5 line is too low for Zalgiris pace at home.

D.Smith is playing for 30 minutes and scoring more than 14 points in 4 of last 5 games. Expecting him to continue this trend tonight.

Pick: Over 151 @ 1.97 4/10 Pinnacle

Pick: D.Smith over 12.5 @ 1.83 3/10 Bet365

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