2018-19Regular SeasonRound 7
November 15, 2018 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM
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Records

3-3 Regular Season 5-1
3-3 Overall 5-1

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

Two giants of European basketball take center stage when Olympiacos hosts Fenerbahce in a rematch of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game from just two seasons ago. The Reds are still coming together under new coach David Blatt and have lost three of their last four games, though they have played two-thirds of their games on the road so far. Fenerbahce has lost just once all season.

Marquee matchup

Though there are many stars on both teams, two of the biggest names in the contest are the head coaches. Blatt and Zeljko Obradovic know each other well both from their many years battling for EuroLeague glory and, more-recently, clashing in the Turkish League when Blatt was at the helm of Darussafaka Istanbul. With so much talent on the rosters, both Blatt and Obradovic have plenty of players with whom to turn this game into a tactical thriller.

Fenerbahce men at home in Athens

Three members of the Fenerbahce delegation should feel right at home this week in Athens. Kostas Sloukas joined Olympiacos as a teenager and spent five seasons with the club. Coach Obradovic guided Olympiacos's archrival Panathinaikos for 13 seasons from 1999 through 2012 and guard Erick Green played for the Reds in 2016-17 when they lost the championship game to Fenerbahce.

Keys to victory: Olympiacos

Olympiacos has two main playmakers in Vassilis Spanoulis (5.8 apg.) and Nigel Williams-Goss (4.2 apg.) and opposing defenses have a tough time shutting them both down, but together they need to threaten the baskets, too. In the three games they have both scored in double figures, Olympiacos defeated KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz and Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv and lost narrowly to CSKA Moscow on the road. If the two can combine for 25 points and 10 assists, Olympiacos will be in a good spot.

Keys to victory: Fenerbahce

Although Fenerbahce has played exceptional basketball in the paint led by Jan Vesely, the team has been regularly outrebounded and its 13.3 offensive rebounds allowed per game are the second-most in the league. Between Nikola Milutinov and Zach LeDay, the visitors have some excellent offensive rebounders and Fenerbahce must do its job on the glass to improve its chances of snagging an important road win.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Euroleague.net
Olympiacos Piraeus
# Player Pos. H. Age
3 WILLIAMS-GOSS, NIGEL G 1.92 24
4 TOLIOPOULOS, VASSILIS G 1.88 22
6 TOUPANE, AXEL F 2.01 26
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS G 1.93 36
10 TIMMA, JANIS F 2.01 26
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA C 2.13 23
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS G 1.91 29
14 VEZENKOV, SASHA F 2.06 23
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS F 2.05 33
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS F 2.04 28
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS G 1.94 28
21 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIS F 2.08 23
31 BOGRIS, GEORGIOS C 2.10 29
32 LEDAY, ZACH C 2.02 24
Fenerbahce Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 GREEN, ERICK G 1.90 26
3 TIRPANCI, ERGI G 2.00 18
4 MELLI, NICOLO F 2.05 27
5 HERSEK, BARIS F 2.08 30
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH G 1.91 28
11 ENNIS, TYLER G 1.88 24
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA F 2.02 27
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS G 1.90 28
18 ARNA, EGEHAN F 2.03 21
23 GUDURIC, MARKO G 1.96 23
24 VESELY, JAN C 2.13 28
32 GULER, SINAN G 1.92 35
35 MUHAMMED, ALI G 1.78 35
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET C 2.09 25
70 DATOME, LUIGI F 2.03 30
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY C 2.11 27

Player Stats

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
80.0 Points 86.2
35.0 Rebounds 26.8
10.5 O. Rebounds 8.0
24.5 D. Rebounds 18.8
19.3 Assists 21.2
5.3 Steals 7.7
1.5 Blocks 2.0
56.7 % 2PT 63.4 %
35.3 % 3PT 43.7 %
70.6 % FT 81.3 %
91.3 PIR 106.2

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
81.2 Points 79.5
32.0 Rebounds 30.7
10.2 O. Rebounds 13.3
21.8 D. Rebounds 17.3
12.7 Assists 16.3
8.3 Steals 6.7
2.3 Blocks 1.0
52.0 % 2PT 53.8 %
36.2 % 3PT 38.4 %
81.6 % FT 80.6 %
84.8 PIR 79.5
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Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Fenerbahce Istanbul

· Olympiacos holds a 10-7 edge over Fenerbahce in their meetings this century. Last season the Reds swept Fenerbahce, including a 95-70 rout in Piraeus with Vassilis Spanoulis and Janis Strelnieks netting 19 points apiece.

· This is a repeat of 2017 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game in which Fenerbahce won the trophy with an 80-64 win in large part thanks to a dominant all-around display from forward Nikola Kalinic who had a career-high index rating of 24 by collecting 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 blocked shot.

· In the 2017 championship game, Fenerbahce matched its club record in EuroLeague play this century with 9 blocked shots.

· Fenerbahce guard Kostas Sloukas helped Olympiacos to back-to-back EuroLeague titles in 2012 and 2013. Sloukas spent a total of five seasons in Piraeus, making his debut as a teenager in 2009, and won those titles with four current Olympiacos players: Vangelis Mantzaris, Kostas Papanikolaou, Georgios Printezis and Vassilis Spanoulis. Sloukas was also a teammate of Dimitrios Agravanis at Olympiacos.

· Sloukas, Mantzaris, Printezis, Spanoulis and Papanikolaou have been teammates on the Greek national team.

· Spanoulis played under Coach Obradovic for four seasons at Panathinaikos, in 2005-06 and from 2007 through 2010 before he joined archrival Olympiacos. Spanoulis and Obradovic won the 2009 EuroLeague title together.

· Fenerbahce guard Erick Green played at Olympiacos during the 2016-17 season and helped the team reach the EuroLeague championship game. He was a teammate with much of the current Reds’ roster.

· Georgios Bogris played under Coach Obradovic at Panathinaikos for two seasons, from 2009 to 2011. They won 2011 the EuroLeague title together.

· Fenerbahce's Nicolo Melli was a teammate of Olympiacos sharpshooter Janis Strelnieks at Brose Bamberg. Melli and Strelnieks teamed up for two seasons, from 2015 to 2017.

· Olympiacos center Nikola Milutinov and Fenerbahce forward Nikola Kalinic were teammates on the Serbian national team at the EuroBasket 2015.

· Milutinov and Fenerbahce big man Joffrey Lauvergne were teammates at Partizan NIS Belgrade during the 2013-14 season.

· Fenerbahce forward Baris Hersek played under coach David Blatt at Anadolu Efes Istanbul during 2007-08 season.

· Fenerbahce guard Sinan Guler posted his career-high with 12 assists playing for Galatasaray Istanbul against Olympiacos in November 2016.

· Fenerbahce guard Sinan Guler matched his career-high with 4 steals playing for Galatasaray Istanbul against Olympiacos twice during the 2016-17 season.

· Vassilis Spanoulis posted his career high with an index rating of 39 playing for Olympiacos against Fenerbahce in January 2014.

· Kostas Papanikolaou matched his career-high with 4 steals twice against Fenerbahce last season.

· Axel Toupane tied his career high in total rebounds with 7 playing for Zalgiris against Fenerbahce in December of last season.

· Fenerbahce big man Ahmet Duverioglu tied his career-high with an index rating of 15 against Olympiacos in February of last season.

Monday, November 12, 2018
Euroleague.net

Olympiacos Piraeus

Roster
Zach LeDay and Nigel Williams-Goss are the only players on the Olympiacos roster who entered the season without previous EuroLeague experience.
Streaks
Georgios Printezis has scored and posted a performance index rating in double figures in each of his last four games.
Rankings
Nikola Milutinov is second in the league lead in rebounding with 7.5 per game.
Milutinov ranked second in the league in true shooting percentage last season at 67.55%.
Vassilis Spanoulis is fifth in the league in assists with 5.8 per game.
Janis Strelnieks is ranked fifth on the EuroLeague all-time charts in free-throw accuracy at 91.19%.
Sasha Vezenkov is 10th on the all-time charts in career two-point shooting at 64.57%.
Records/Milestones
Vassilis Spanoulis is the EuroLeague career leader in assists with 1,322.
Spanoulis is second in competition history in scoring with 3,794 points. The recently-retired Juan Carlos Navarro tops the charts with 4,152 points.
Spanoulis is also fourth in three-pointers made with 418. He needs 3 more to catch Gianluca Basile for third place.
Georgios Printezis is ranked 10th on the EuroLeague all-time rebounding charts with 1,086 career boards. He needs 31 more to catch Mike Batiste for ninth place.
Vangelis Mantzaris needs 3 more three-pointers to reach the 200 milestone for his EuroLeague career.

Fenerbahce Istanbul

Roster
Tyler Ennis is sidelined indefinitely with a broken leg.
Erick Green played his first game for Fenerbahce last week. 
Streaks
Kostas Sloukas has made at least 1 three-pointer in 15 of his last 16 EuroLeague games.
Jan Vesely, who entered the season as a career 56.2% free throw shooter, is 24 for 26 (92.3%) from the foul line since the start of the season.
Vesely has collected at least 1 steal in five straight EuroLeague games.
Vesely has posted a performance index rating in double figures in each of his last six EuroLeague games. 
Luigi Datome has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last six EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Jan Vesely is second in the EuroLeague this season in average performance index rating at 24.0 per game.
Vesely is tied for third in the league in steals this season with 1.7 per game.
Ahmet Duverioglu led all qualified players in the EuroLeague last season in two-point accuracy at 70.9%.
Records/Milestones
Ali Muhammed needs 23 more points to reach the 1,000-point milestone in his EuroLeague career.
Muhammed needs 1 more three-pointer to reach the 200 milestone for his EuroLeague career.
Luigi Datome needs 5 more three-pointers to reach the 200 milestone for his EuroLeague career.

Monday, November 12, 2018
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
10 - 7
Olympiacos Piraeus Fenerbahce Istanbul
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Olympiacos Piraeus
Home record vs. Fenerbahce Istanbul: 5-3
Away record vs. Fenerbahce Istanbul: 5-3
Fenerbahce Istanbul
Home record vs. Olympiacos Piraeus: 3-5
Away record vs. Olympiacos Piraeus: 3-5

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2017-18 01 February 2018 Regular Season Olympiacos Piraeus 95 - 70 Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
2017-18 15 November 2017 Regular Season Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul 83 - 90 Olympiacos Piraeus
2016-17 21 May 2017 Final Four Fenerbahce Istanbul 80 - 64 Olympiacos Piraeus
2016-17 23 February 2017 Regular Season Fenerbahce Istanbul 67 - 64 Olympiacos Piraeus
2016-17 29 December 2016 Regular Season Olympiacos Piraeus 71 - 62 Fenerbahce Istanbul
2014-15 13 March 2015 Top 16 Olympiacos Piraeus 64 - 73 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
2014-15 16 January 2015 Top 16 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 68 - 74 Olympiacos Piraeus
2013-14 28 February 2014 Top 16 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 78 - 74 Olympiacos Piraeus
2013-14 03 January 2014 Top 16 Olympiacos Piraeus 95 - 82 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
2012-13 29 March 2013 Top 16 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 73 - 78 Olympiacos Piraeus
2012-13 31 January 2013 Top 16 Olympiacos Piraeus 82 - 71 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
2011-12 01 December 2011 Regular Season Fenerbahce Ulker 86 - 70 Olympiacos Piraeus
2011-12 27 October 2011 Regular Season Olympiacos Piraeus 81 - 74 Fenerbahce Ulker
2010-11 24 February 2011 Top 16 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 65 - 80 Olympiacos Piraeus
2010-11 20 January 2011 Top 16 Olympiacos Piraeus 70 - 84 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
2002-03 18 December 2002 Regular Season Ulker 65 - 82 Olympiacos
2002-03 17 October 2002 Regular Season Olympiacos 71 - 77 Ulker