CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos
In a rerun of the Istanbul final of 2012, runner-up team from the regular season, CSKA Moscow (22-8) will play once again in the semi-finals of this year's Final Four (F4) against Olympiacos which then won in a dramatic finish. CSKA is, just like this year, a huge favorite, but that does not mean anything when we have Olympiacos on the other side whose team finished the regular part of the season finished at 3rd place(19-11). Start of the match: 05.19.2017. - 17:30 CET
Red Army in Istanbul is defending Euroleague title, but will always remember May 13, 2012, in this city, when they blew 19-point lead and lost the final duel against Olympiacos(61:62). The Greeks also unexpectedly knocked them out in the F4 tournament nex season as well and in the year 2015, when they beat them in the semifinals. However, the president of CSKA Vatutin is stating that his team doesn´t have any complexes from and that they don´t have a hostile attitude towards Olympia
He says they just want to win and defend the title and in addition CSKA might play for the final time in the Euroleague with Teodosic in their team who came to Moscow from Olympiacos and could finally go to the NBA next year. Teodosić, after his team swept Baskonia in the 1/4 finals, was rested in all three of those matches as he was rehabilitating from the injuries which followed him throughout this season.
Probable starting lineup: Teodosić, De Colo, Khryapa, Vorontsevich, Hines
Olympiacos had a much tougher task in the quarter final than CSKA in Efes but managed to beat them 3:2 and prevented to have two Turkish teams in the F4 for the first time in the history of this competition. Oly, as they did in the championship 2012 season, lost both duels against CSKA in the regular season and was defeated in the final 4 games. However, when these teams met at F4´s Olympiacos showes no mercy and besides they won their last duel against Red Army in 2015 at a F4 tournament. Then in Madrid they were beaten by the hosts Real. Olympiacos finished on the 1st position in the Greek Basket League and are leading 2:0 in the series against Aris in the playoff and just so in the Euroleague because of better h2h record they ffinished ahead of their city rival Panathinaikos. PAO finished 4th with the same G-L record as Oly but was knocked out easily by Fenerbahce who would be a tough team to beat for PAO as well. Oly is without Hackett and Lojeski and but he could play in this F4 tournament. Probable starting lineup: Mantzaris, Spanoulis, Papanikolaou, Printezis, Birch
CSKA Moscow - Olympiacos TIP
CSKA is the most efficient teams of the Euroleague with 87.6 pts per match and with 20.2 assists the second best passing team. Olympiacos on the other hand was the the second best defensive team and was conceding only 73.7 pts per match but is also the second best team in rebounding(33.6). This will be a clash of the best offense and defense and everything is possible in this game but the advantage of course goes to the hosts but one can say that Olympiacos is playing great in high pressure games and because of huge experience there won´t be any pressure on them in this one. CSKA is extremely strong this season and they score a lot of points but also concede as much(82 and 90 against Baskonia). They almost always have solutions in attack and Teodosic always contributes with his great feel for the game. Both teams have big offensive potential ad the right time to pull out the playbook is now and without that the individual capacities of these teams are sky high so we think the safest bet here is total over.
TIP: 157.5 over
Quota: 1.90 Bet365