2021-22Regular SeasonRound 6
October 26, 2021 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM
Balkans: SPORTKLUB
Italy: ELEVEN SPORTS
Bulgaria: MAX SPORT 2
Spain: DAZN
Germany: MAGENTA SPORT
Turkey: beIN SPORTS
Greece: NOVASPORTS PRIME
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Israel: 5PLUS

Records

3-2 Regular Season 2-3
3-2 Overall 2-3

Referees

Crew Chief
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ
Umpire 1
TRAWICKI, TOMASZ
Umpire 2
RADOJKOVIC, JOSIP

The Take

Olympiacos puts perfect home record on the line against ALBA

Olympiacos Piraeus will look to get back to its winning ways when it hosts ALBA Berlin on Tuesday night. Olympiacos (3-2) comes off a tough 88-82 loss at CSKA Moscow in which Tyler Dorsey shined with a career-high 32 points. The Reds bring a perfect home record to the table and have allowed opponents to score a mere 62.7 points at Peace and Friendship Stadium.

ALBA (2-3) notched its first road win of the season last week with a 63-78 beatdown of Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. Maodo Lo continued his hot start to the season with 17 points and Tamir Blatt, the son of former Olympiacos head coach David Blatt, provided a big boost off the bench. Olympiacos has a 7-1 record in the EuroLeague against ALBA, including a pair of wins last season by 4 points.

Marquee matchup: Olympiacos's Vezenkov vs. ALBA's Sikma

The top all-around performer on both of these teams this season has been the starting power forward. Luke Sikma of ALBA Berlin is fourth in the league in average PIR at 20.2 and leads the competition with 8.4 rebounds per game. He also leads his team with 3.8 assists while posting 13 points per night. His Olympiacos Piraeus counterpart Sasha Vezenkov leads his team in PIR (14.8) and rebounds (5.8 rpg.) and is second in scoring (12.4 ppg.). Both can score from behind the three-point stripe or close to the basket and impact games in multitudes of ways. Perhaps the main difference in their games is Sikma's playmaking ability from the post. Their head-to-head showdown is surely one to watch.

Keys to victory: Olympiacos Piraeus vs. ALBA Berlin

Though Olympiacos Piraeus has one of the stiffest defenses in the competition, allowing opponents a mere 70.6 points per game, which is third-lowest in the league, ALBA Berlin is sure to present some stiff challenges. The German champs lead the league in offensive rebounding (13.0 orpg.) and have turned the ball over the second-fewest times (9.6 TOpg.). In its most recent road win on Friday in Belgrade, ALBA had 15 offensive boards and 20 second-chance points. Olympiacos, which has averaged only 5.2 steals per game and therefore isn't likely to put much pressure on the ALBA ballhandlers, getting the likes of Sasha Vezenkov, Hassan Martin, Moustapha Fall and others to lock down the glass may be crucial against ALBA.

The Berliners lost their top three-point shooting weapon when Marcus Eriksson was injured and the team is near the bottom of the league with 32.1% accuracy from downtown. This week they face the team which has held opponents to the fewest threes (6.0 per game) and the lowest conversion rate (24.2%). If Maodo Lo, Tamir Blatt or Jaleen Smith heat up from the outside, it could turn this game on its head.

Sunday, October 24, 2021
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Olympiacos Piraeus
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 WALKUP, THOMAS G 1.93 28
2 DORSEY, TYLER G 1.96 25
4 LOUNTZIS, MICHALIS G 1.95 23
5 LARENTZAKIS, GIANNOULIS G 1.96 28
6 MUOSA, ZAYD G 1.98 18
9 OIKONOMOPOULOS, SOTIRIOS F 1.91 18
10 FALL, MOUSTAPHA C 2.18 29
11 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS G 1.90 31
12 MARTIN, HASSAN C 2.01 25
14 VEZENKOV, SASHA F 2.06 26
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS F 2.05 36
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS F 2.04 31
17 JEAN-CHARLES, LIVIO F 2.05 27
41 CHRISTIDIS, VASILEIOS F 2.00 23
77 MCKISSIC, SHAQUIELLE G 1.96 31
ALBA Berlin
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 LO, MAODO G 1.91 28
1 DA SILVA, OSCAR F 2.05 23
3 SMITH, JALEEN G 1.90 26
6 DELOW, MALTE G 1.94 20
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS G 2.01 27
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS G 1.94 21
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM F 2.08 24
11 SCHULTE, RIKUS F 2.06 17
13 TILLY, CHRISTOPH F 2.10 18
16 NIKIC, KRESIMIR C 2.13 22
19 OLINDE, LOUIS F 2.05 23
21 KOUMADJE, CHRIST C 2.23 25
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES C 2.05 27
43 SIKMA, LUKE F 2.03 32
44 PENO, STEFAN G 1.94 24
45 BLATT, TAMIR G 1.85 24
50 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL F 2.00 23
55 LAMMERS, BEN C 2.08 25

Player Stats

Dorsey, T. / 14.0 Vezenkov, A. / 12.4 Sloukas, K. / 10.4
Lo, M. / 16.0 Da Silva, O. / 15.0 Sikma, L. / 13.0
Vezenkov, A. / 5.8 Fall, M. / 5.2
Sikma, L. / 8.4 Da Silva, O. / 5.0
Walkup, T. / 4.0 Sloukas, K. / 2.6
Sikma, L. / 3.8 Smith, J. / 3.4
Vezenkov, A. / 1.2
Da Silva, O. / 1.8 Sikma, L. / 1.4 Zoosman, Y. / 1.2
Da Silva, O. / 0.8 Olinde, L. / 0.6
2PT
Vezenkov, A. / 60.7% Sloukas, K. / 51.9%
Da Silva, O. / 70.6% Sikma, L. / 60.0% Lo, M. / 53.6%
3PT
Dorsey, T. / 50.0% Papanikolaou, K. / 46.7% McKissic, S. / 40.0%
Lo, M. / 50.0% Blatt, T. / 38.9% Zoosman, Y. / 33.3%
PIR
Vezenkov, A. / 14.8 Dorsey, T. / 12.8 Fall, M. / 11.4
Sikma, L. / 20.2 Da Silva, O. / 18.5 Lo, M. / 15.0

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
78.4 Points 73.8
36.8 Rebounds 31.8
11.2 O. Rebounds 13.0
25.6 D. Rebounds 18.8
15.4 Assists 16.6
5.2 Steals 8.2
3.8 Blocks 2.0
53.5% 2PT 50.0%
34.9% 3PT 32.1%
70.2% FT 75.4%
88.6 PIR 80.6

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
70.6 Points 76.0
35.4 Rebounds 36.8
11.4 O. Rebounds 11.6
24.0 D. Rebounds 25.2
16.2 Assists 17.4
6.2 Steals 5.0
3.0 Blocks 4.4
50.0% 2PT 57.5%
24.2% 3PT 37.8%
89.0% FT 69.7%
73.6 PIR 84.8

Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Their game style has completed changed compared to last season. They have turned into a pick-and-roll team, while last year they were mainly a team that was executing from long range. Sikma is their most important player. If you take a look at his numbers, but also those who know him, know that he's a player that can play well the 'four' and 'five' positions, but he's also the team facilitator. He's also a good rebounder. To be more specific, three players – Lo, DaSilva and Sikma – produce 50% of their scoring. That's indicative of how our opponent plays."
GONZALEZ, ISRAEL
ALBA Berlin
"Olympiacos is probably the best defensive team in the EuroLeague right now. They are playing very well in a tough schedule. And Olympiacos is always very strong on its home court. We have to play with confidence, share the ball and make our best effort."

Players

LOUNTZIS, MICHALIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It's a very difficult game. ALBA is a very dangerous team; that's why the game is going to be very demanding. What we need to do is start the game really strong, just like we have been doing with most of our games up to now. And with our fans by our side, I believe we are going to be able to get the win."
THIEMANN, JOHANNES
ALBA Berlin
"I am really looking forward to this game. It’s always great to play in front of the fans in Piraeus. I hope that many of them will come and that we can enjoy the atmosphere. Olympiacos is a very good team and we will be the underdog in this game. But we already played well in Belgrade in the last game and we want to continue in that way."

Olympiacos Piraeus vs. ALBA Berlin

· Olympiacos is 7-1 against ALBA in the EuroLeague this century, including a 75-71 win in Piraeus last season.

· The last time these two teams played, Olympiacos beat ALBA in Berlin 80-84 behind Sasha Vezenkov who posted his career highs in PIR (41), points (31), three-pointers made (6) and steals (3). Vezenkov earned MVP of the Round honors for that performance.

· ALBA's lone win over Olympiacos this century, an 86-93 triumph, came in Piraeus in January 2020 behind Marcus Eriksson's 22 points.

· ALBA's Marcus Eriksson and Stefan Peno were teammates of Olympiacos forward Sasha Vezenkov at FC Barcelona Lassa for two seasons, from 2015 to 2017.

· Eriksson and Peno played under current Olympiacos head coach Georgios Bartzokas at FC Barcelona during the 2016-17 season.

· Eriksson and Olympiacos guard Shaquielle McKissic were teammates at Herbalife Gran Canaria during the 2017-18 season.

· ALBA's Yovel Zoosman and Olympiacos guard Tyler Dorsey were teammates at Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv the last two seasons.

· Olympiacos center Moustapha Fall posted a career-high in index rating of 42 playing for LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne against ALBA last November. He set career-highs in points (25) and rebounds (10) in that game, too.

· Olympiacos veteran forward Georgios Printezis set his career-high in assists with 6 in Olympiacos's win over ALBA in January 2020.

· Olympiacos guard Kostas Sloukas earned weekly MVP honors in Round 12 of the 2019-20 season when he set a career-high with a PIR of 39, collecting 23 points and 10 assists and also making a career-best 13 free throws playing for Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul against ALBA.

· ALBA guard Maodo Lo tied his career-high with 3 steals playing for FC Bayern Munich against Olympiacos in March 2019.

Monday, October 25, 2021
Euroleague.net

Olympiacos Piraeus

Streaks
Tyler Dorsey has made at least 1 three-pointer in 15 straight games.
Kostas Papanikolaou has made at least 1 three-point shot in six of his last seven games.
Sasha Vezenkov has made at least 1 triple in 11 of his last 12 games.
Vezenkov has recorded a PIR of 10 or more in 16 of his last 17 games.
Moustapha Fall blocked at least 1 shot in five straight games.

Rankings
Moustapha Fall is tied for fourth this season in blocks with 1.2 per game and Livio Jean-Charles is tied for seventh with 1.0 per game.
Tyler Dorsey ranks fourth this season in three-point shots made with 2.8 per game.
Dorsey is tied for eighth this season in three-point accuracy at 50.0%.

Records/Milestones
Georgios Printezis ranks sixth all-time with 1,422 career rebounds. His former teammate, Kyle Hines of AX Armani Exchange Milan, is fifth with 1,494 and counting.
Printezis is the all-time leader in two-point shots made. He has 1,165 for his career.
Printezis ranks fourth all-time with 1,039 defensive rebounds. Felipe Reyes is third with 1,094.
Printezis ranks 13th all-time with 383 offensive rebounds; Mirsad Turkcan is 12th with 385.
Printezis ranks seventh all-time with 3,727 performance index rating points. Felipe Reyes is sixth with 3,775.
Kostas Sloukas is in seventh place all-time with 1,139 assists. Sergio Llull of Real Madrid is sixth with 1,167 and counting.
Kostas Papanikolaou has exactly 250 games played in the competition.
Papanikolaou is 5 blocks away from 100 for his EuroLeague career.

ALBA Berlin

Roster
Ben Lammers and Marcus Eriksson have missed the last four games.
Christ Koumadje, Johannes Thiemann and Stefan Peno have yet to play this season.

Streaks
Marcus Eriksson has made at least 1 three-point shot in 14 of his last 15 appearances.
Ben Lammers has at least 1 blocked shot in 11 of his last 12 games. 
Maodo Lo has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight games.

Rankings
Luke Sikma leads the league this season in rebounding with 8.4 per game. He also leads the league in offensive rebounding with 3.6 per game.
Sikma ranks fourth this season in average PIR with 20.2 per game.
Maodo Lo ranks eighth this season in scoring with 16.0 per game.
Lo ranks seventh this season in three-point shots made with 2.6 per game.
Lo ranks eighth this season in in three-point accuracy at 50.0%.
Oscar Da Silva ranks sixth this season in average PIR with 18.5 per game.
Da Silva ranks fifth this season in two-point accuracy with 70.59%.
Da Silva ranks fifth this season in steals with 1.75 per game.

Records/Milestones
Marcus Eriksson tied the EuroLeague single-game record with 10 three-pointers made last season in Round 28 against Khimki Moscow Region. He finished the game with an ALBA club record 36 points.
Eriksson ranks 11th all-time in free throw accuracy at 90.2%. 

Monday, October 25, 2021
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
7 - 1
Olympiacos Piraeus ALBA Berlin
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Olympiacos Piraeus
Home record vs. ALBA Berlin: 3-1
Away record vs. ALBA Berlin: 4-0
ALBA Berlin
Home record vs. Olympiacos Piraeus: 0-4
Away record vs. Olympiacos Piraeus: 1-3

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2020-21 18 March 2021 Regular Season ALBA Berlin 80 - 84 Olympiacos Piraeus
2020-21 12 November 2020 Regular Season Olympiacos Piraeus 75 - 71 ALBA Berlin
2019-20 14 January 2020 Regular Season Olympiacos Piraeus 86 - 93 ALBA Berlin
2019-20 21 November 2019 Regular Season ALBA Berlin 80 - 99 Olympiacos Piraeus
2003-04 18 February 2004 Regular Season Alba Berlin 70 - 71 Olympiacos
2003-04 18 December 2003 Regular Season Olympiacos 96 - 95 Alba Berlin
2001-02 19 December 2001 Regular Season Olympiacos 91 - 75 Alba Berlin
2001-02 17 October 2001 Regular Season Alba Berlin 69 - 88 Olympiacos