Olympiakos vs Cantu
Olympiakos won fairly, but not easily, against Caja Laboral, but in the end left a bitter taste. The reason is that twelve seconds before the end of the game, had taken seven points difference (lost with 2 points in Vitoria), but managed to accept a 5-0 from Caja and could not get the points difference advantage. However, the most important is that for another game with their backs to the wall, showed character and defended their seat. For the Greek league, did a workout, winning at home against weak KAOD.
Defense and pace of the game are the keys to the fight against Cantu. The coach of Olympiakos asked his players not to be locked to the rhythm of their opponents and open up the pace, not to divide the attacks and bring the game to their measures. Respect, but not fear for the enemy, was the message of Ivkovic, saying he believes his team can reach easily the victory if they will play according to their abilities. There is for sure some anxiety, but the climate is very good to the team of Piraeus. The only absence for Olympiakos is Panagiotis Vasilopoulos.
Cantu, with a crazy three-pointer from Basile in dead time, made history and mathematically obtained the qualification to the TOP-16. A commendable team for one more game proved tough nut, and a team that does not lose easily. For the Italian championship, won against Teramo with eight points difference. Cantu is now two weeks without Marco Skekic, but there is no other absentees.
This is a very critical match for Olympiakos. They have shown that they can win games like this. Cantu is a very hard team, but is already qualified, and this may, even unconsciously, affect their players. Easy or difficult, Olympiakos should take the victory.
Bet: Olympiakos -7 points @1.71 (Additional Point Spread) with Bet365
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