Olympiacos seems to have an easy passage through Crvena Zvezda's home court.

Tonight’s Olympiacos game against Crvena Zvezda seems to be a straightforward affair, given the numerous absences of the latter. Crvena Zvezda will face Olympiacos today, April 4, 2024, at 17:00 (UTC) at the Stark Arena. In the recent Turkish Airlines Euroleague games, Olympiacos has demonstrated why they were finalists last year. They have significantly improved their on-court performance, as evidenced by their recent home victory over Partizan in the round of 32. This victory, featuring a last-quarter upset, occurred at the same venue where they will play tonight, namely the Stark Arena in Belgrade, with a final score of 69-74.

Olympiacos is striving for a higher position in the Euroleague standings, and with favorable results, they might even climb to 2nd place (currently 6th). However, this outcome is unlikely, as it would require several improbable events, such as Panathinaikos, currently in 2nd place, losing both at home to Bayern Munich in the 33rd round and being defeated in OAKA by the last-place Alba Berlin on the final day of the season.

Current Status and Latest News on Olympiacos.

Olympiacos embarked on a 6-game winning streak from round 24 to 29. However, this streak was temporarily halted by Efes, who defeated them at home 85-72, putting the brakes on the seemingly unstoppable Olympiacos. On the 31st round, Olympiacos returned to winning ways by defeating ASVEL Villeurbanne at home with a score of 80-64. Then, on the 32nd round of the season, they conquered the Stark Arena by defeating a determined Partizan team with a score of 69-74. Today, they have the opportunity to secure their 3rd consecutive win as they face an indifferent Crvena Zvezda squad, which will take the court with numerous absences.

What stands out about Olympiacos in their recent games is their tendency to start slowly, gradually increasing their efficiency over the periods, and delivering their best performance in the 4th quarter. This approach has enabled them to overcome opponents like Partizan and Villeurbanne. It appears that G. Bartzokas is one of the standout coaches in this year’s Turkish Airlines Euroleague, as his decisions in recent crucial matches seem to have been vindicated.

As for tonight’s game against Crvena Zvezda, Lountzis Michalis is listed as doubtful, while Filip Petrusev and Nikola Milutinov will be unavailable.

Crvena Zvezda: Current Status and Latest News.

Crvena Zvezda is no longer contending for anything in this season’s Turkish Airlines Euroleague. After a notably challenging year, marked by a lack of success particularly on the road, they find themselves in 16th place in the standings. At home, they’ve secured 8 wins and 8 losses, while on the road, they’ve managed just 3 wins and 13 losses. With no clear objective in sight, they’ll be facing Olympiacos today with several key absences.

Nevertheless, Crvena Zvezda’s performance hasn’t been dismal. They appear to be in good form, as evidenced by their recent showing in the Round of 32 against Real Madrid. They maintained a lead until the end of the 3rd period, challenging Real Madrid at the Wizink Center. However, D. Musa and M. Hezonja turned the tide in the 4th quarter, leading Real Madrid to a victory with a final score of 101-94. Particularly impressive for Crvena Zvezda was N. Nedovic, who scored 30 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and provided 5 assists against Real.

For tonight’s game, G. Sfairopoulos will be without M. Theodosic, Dos Santos Yago, Nemanja Bjelica, and Nikola Topic, while Trey Thompkins has been listed as doubtful.

You can find the Injury Report for all Euroleague teams for the 33rd round here.

Crvena Zvezda vs. Olympiacos – Who will win today’s match?

Olympiacos appears to be the clear favorite for tonight’s game. The situation seems to be very favorable for them, especially as they face Crvena Zvezda, who is not contending for anything in this year’s Euroleague. The numerous absences of Crvena Zvezda players give Olympiacos a significant advantage, and with G. Bartzokas leading the team, it seems unlikely that they will squander this opportunity.

Olympiacos currently holds the sixth place in the standings with a record of 20 wins and 12 losses.

A crucial piece of information is the background of G. Sfairopoulos, who served as an assistant coach at Olympiacos from 2005-2008 and as Head Coach from 2014-2018. During his tenure, Olympiacos secured two domestic championships but fell short in two Euroleague finals against Real Madrid (2015) and Fenerbahce (2017). His strong relationship with Olympiacos will undoubtedly influence today’s game as well.

Olympiacos has secured a spot in the playoffs but aims for a higher ranking. On the last day, they will face Fenerbahce at home, currently in 5th place with a record of 20 wins and 12 losses, and maintaining a better point differential with +137 compared to Olympiacos, which stands at +114.

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Themis Prokopiou

By Themis Prokopiou

As an enthusiastic blogger, I take pride in crafting pages with high-quality content. Explore Euroleague news, predictions, and my personal views on this thrilling basketball institution.

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