Two backcourt players who are quite hot lately, Olympiacos Piraeus's Kostas Sloukas and ALBA Berlin's Jaleen Smith, face each other in an individual duel on Thursday night.
Marquee matchup: Olympiacos's Sloukas vs. ALBA's Smith
Sloukas is a tried-and-true EuroLeague veteran who is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. He is averaging more than 25 minutes on court despite coming off the bench in all nine games so far, contributing 13.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 6.4 steals for the Reds this season. He scored under 10 points only in Round 1, and after that, it has all been good for Sloukas. His experience and his cold blood in clutch moments is something that all teams would want to have in their bag of tricks, so if the game is close, expect the ball in his hands.
Olympiacos Piraeus - Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv | Round 21 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Walkup feeds Vezenkov!
Heat Check: Olympiacos by the numbers
ALBA Berlin - Valencia Basket | Round 21 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Smith with the bullet pass!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Sikma delivers the sweet feed to Olinde!
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: Sloukas to Bolomboy!
Olympiacos Piraeus - Real Madrid | Round 20 | Highlights
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv - ALBA Berlin | Round 20 | Highlights
Virtus Segafredo Bologna - Olympiacos Piraeus | Round 19 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: Walkup's coast-to-coast slam!
ALBA Berlin - Real Madrid | Round 19 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Walkup's coast-to-coast slam!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Kourmadje with this nice drive and dunk!
ALBA Berlin - EA7 Emporio Armani Milan | Round 18 | Highlights
AS Monaco - Olympiacos Piraeus | Round 18 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Jaleen Smith to Christ Koumadje alley-oop
7DAYS Magic Moment: Jaleen Smith's bullet-pass
7DAYS Magic Moment: Kostas Papanikolaou steal and slam!
Lookback: Olympiacos vs Monaco game-5
Olympiacos Piraeus - EA7 Emporio Armani Milan | Round 17 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Walkup defense leads to Vezenkov dunk!
7DAYS Magic Moment: McKissic explodes for the hammer!
ALBA Berlin - Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz | Round 17 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Tamir Blatt feeds Ben Lammers for an alleyoop slam!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Alleyoop connection Smith-Olinde!
Maodo Lo, ALBA: 'My mother's passion for art is parallel to my passion for basketball'
Panathinaikos Athens - Olympiacos Piraeus | Round 16 | Highlights
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne - ALBA Berlin | Round 16 | Highlights
Magic Moment: Papanikolaou on the break!
Magic Moment: Sloukas beats the buzzer!
Roll-the-dice interview: ALBA's Delow and Mattisseck
Thomas Walkup, Olympiacos: 'We're just a pack of hungry dogs'
ALBA Berlin - Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv | Round 15 | Highlights
Olympiacos Piraeus - Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade | Round 15 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Sikma serves Koumadje
Umana Reyer Venice - Prometey Slobozhanske | Round 9 Highlights | 2022-23 7DAYS EuroCup
7DAYS Magic Moment: Stephens's wild alley-oop slam!
Jeff Brooks stops Ivan Tkachenko with a high-flying block!
AS Monaco -ALBA Berlin | Round 14 | Highlights
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne - Olympiacos Piraeus | Round 14 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Larentzakis hits the big shot!
Virtus Segafredo Bologna - ALBA Berlin | Round 13 | Highlights
Olympiacos Piraeus - Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul | Round 13 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Lountzis says 'Not in my house!' to Edwards!
Israel Gonzalez, ALBA: 'We are building something different here'
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: McKissic’s reverse dunk!
Olympiacos Piraeus - Virtus Segafredo Bologna | Round 12 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Walkup's buzzer-beater!
7DAYS Magic Moment: McKissic's reverse dunk!
Smith is currently in his second EuroLeague season, but week in and week out he is demonstrating that he belongs. He leads ALBA with 14.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals on average in six games so far this season, mostly as a starter. He missed three games with physical problems, but he scored 23 points in the last one against Zvezda and 20 more in Round 7 against FC Bayern Munich. He was held to 6 points against Real in Round 8, but he was back with a vengeance with 5 of 12 threes in Round 9, which is a perfect fit for ALBA's playing style.