Olympiacos hosts Fenerbahce in rematch of 2017 final
Olympiacos Piraeus (4-2) hosts Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul (2-4) at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Thursday. Olympiacos remains undefeated at home, 4-0, led by Tyler Dorsey (13.8 ppg.), Sasha Vezenkov (11.8 ppg.) and Kostas Sloukas (10.3 ppg.). Fenerbahce is looking to avoid a third consecutive loss. Jan Vesely (12.0 ppg.) is its top scorer followed by Nando De Colo (11.0 ppg.) and Devin Booker (9.8 ppg.). It is a rematch of the 2017 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game, in which Fenerbahce conquered its first - and to date only- continental crown. Fenerbahce is on a five-game winning streak against the Reds.
Marquee matchup: Olympiacos's Dorsey vs. Fenerbahce's De Colo
Tyler Dorsey leads Olympiacos Piraeus in scoring (13.8 ppg.) this season. In Round 5 against CSKA, Dorsey had 32 points and buried 7 three-point shots to tie a club record. He is also helping in other aspects of the game (3.0 rpg., 2.8 apg.) and has buried half of his 30 three-point attempts. Dorsey must use his athleticism, size and quick legs against Nando De Colo, a 2010-20 All-Decade selection and one of the best free-throw shooters in basketball history. De Colo is coming off the bench this season and averaging 11.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals for a PIR of 13.5. They may have similar numbers, but Dorsey and De Colo are very different and can find advantages playing against each other.
Keys to victory: Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
Olympiacos has been outrebounded in three of its four wins until now. In its most recent game against ALBA Berlin in Round 5, the German powerhouse pulled down 16 offensive rebounds. With Hassan Martin sidelines, Moustapha Fall and Livio Jean-Charles are expected to see extended playing time against a battery of Fenerbahce big men led by Jan Vesely, Devin Booker and Ahmet Duverioglu. As always, getting Sasha Vezenkov, Tony Dorsey and Kostas Sloukas involved on offense should be critical for the Reds.
Fenerbahce is allowing opponents to pull down 12.5 offensive rebounds per game. Part of that comes because Fenerbahce is holding opponents to just 27.2% shooting on their three-point shots, but the Turkish powerhouse must box out to get its transition game going through Pierria Henry and Nando De Colo. DyShawn Pierre has a size advantage at small forward and that may generate advantages against Dorsey and Shaquielle McKissic. Fenerbahce leads the league in turnovers forced (15.7 per game) and needs that kind of aggressiveness in this game.