Joe Arlauckas
Day two of the first round of the Euroleague playoffs gives us games in Madrid, Spain and Athens, Greece. First on Wednesday the 19th in Athens Olympiakos tips off their playoff series with one of the hottest teams during the final month of the regular season, Anadolu Efes from Istanbul.

Anadolu finshed the last 10 rounds of the competition with an 8-2 record and stormed into the playoffs as the sixth seed. They of course face the third seeded Olympiacos Piraeus who who has one of the most difficult courts top lay on in all of Europe.

The Peace and Friendship stadium will be host to the first two games of the series and right now we will look into game one with some help from The home team is the favorite by 6.5 points and pays 1.94 to 1 and the game total is set at 151.5 which pays out 1.91 to 1. The team split their season series with two games that do not have much bearing on this playoff. Game 1 was played way back in round 2 and the Greeks enjoyed a 24 point blowout but had the favor returned in round 29 just a couple of weeks ago with a hard fought 8 point win for the Turks. These games do not give us much to work with and either does the fact that Olympiacos limped into the playoffs with three straight losses.

This information makes this a difficult game to find the best betting angle but luckily I have done some research for you. Olympiacos is a very defensive team and at home only allow 70 points a game to their opponent and rank second in Europe allowing only 74.2 points throughout the 30 game schedule. Anadolu i son the opposite side of this spectrum and allow 83 points a game and plays more of an uptempo type of game. Looking at the numbers and knowing a little about playing in this famous stadium my prediction is the Olympiacos defense should suffocate the turks. The final of this game should be in the mid to low 70s. My prediction would be a final score of 76-69 which keeps us below the threshold of 151.5. This is a tough game to call but I honestly believe defense determines the result in Athens…….. UNDER 151.5 @ 1.91 or we can look deeper into and find a better payout, for example…….UNDER 147.5 @ 2.38. Points will be hard to come by in this game. Remember, the last game in Istanbul only came in at at 146 total points and in game one Anadolu was only capable of putting up 66 points………..LOVE THE UNDER!!!!

Good Luck