Two teams coming from early-week losses will fight for one double-round victory when Olympiacos Piraeus (6-3) hosts ALBA Berlin (3-6) in Round 10 on Thursday. Despite leading by double digits in the second half, the Reds fell 90-84 at Maccabi on Tuesday as Giannoulis Larentzakis and Sasha Vezenkov combined for 38 points. After having won its three opening games, ALBA is on a six-game loss after dropping a Round 9 home game to Crvena Zvezda, 84-88. Jaleen Smith's 22 points and 8 rebounds were not enough to break the spell for his team. This will be the 11th time that these two teams meet in the EuroLeague since 2000, with Olympiacos currently dominating the series 8-2, even if ALBA won their last meeting earlier this year.
Reds aim to bounce back against sliding ALBA
Despite Tuesday's loss, Olympiacos still holds a share of second place in the standings thanks to an otherwise solid season with Vezenkov as a clear leader on the court. Olympiacos leads the league in average PIR (105.1) and free throw rate (85.0%) and sits among the top three teams in points (85.2), steals (8.6) and two-point percentage (58.2%). The Reds will have to be ready for the unique ALBA style of ball movement that allows any player with an opening to shoot, with league-leading assist-maker Luke Sikma, a power forward, requiring special attention. With alertness on defense, Olympiacos could get back to the winning track, but ALBA is averaging a league-high 22.6 assists. The Reds might to better putting ALBA on the line, where it makes a league-low 67.9% of its free throws.
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: Lo and Wetzell makes ALBA win!
FC Bayern Munich - ALBA Berlin | Round 29 | Highlights
Zalgiris Kaunas - Olympiacos Piraeus | Round 29 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Vezenkov wins it!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Vezenkov beats the buzzer!
Olympiacos Piraeus - FC Bayern Munich | Round 28 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: McKissic feeds Bolomboy for a big dunk!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Black benefits from great team play!
ALBA Berlin - Virtus Segafredo Bologna | Round 28 | Highlights
ALBA Berlin - Zalgiris Kaunas | Round 27 | Highlights
Olympiacos - FC Barcelona | Round 27 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: What a block by Olinde!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Procida with the reverse poster!
7DAYS Magic Moment: McKissic on the halftime buzzer!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Sloukas with the go-ahead drive!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Procida denies Taylor!
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan - Olympiacos Piraeus | Round 26 | Highlights
Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade - ALBA Berlin | Round 26 | Highlights
Valencia Basket - Olympiacos Piraeus | Round 25 | Highlights
Crvena Zvezda Meridianbet Belgrade - ALBA Berlin | Round 25 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Procida's fastbreak dunk
7DAYS Magic Moment: Sikma's nutmeg assist
7DAYS Magic Moment: Sikma's behind-the-back pass
Sasha Vezenkov | Round 24 MVP | 2022-23 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
ALBA Berlin - Olympiacos Piraeus | Round 24 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Kostas Papanikolaou posterizes Malte Delow!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Moustapha Fall overpowers three ALBA players to dunk!
Olympiacos Piraeus - Anadolu Efes Istanbul | Round 23 | Highlights
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul - ALBA Berlin | Round 23 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: ALBA on the break!
7DAYS Magic Moment: ALBA's strategy!
ALBA Berlin - AS Monaco | Round 22 | Highlights
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul - Olympiacos Piraeus | Round 22 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: The Shaq Attack!
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
ALBA arrives to Piraeus with serious problems. The team has lost six in a row and is in desperate need of a victory that kick-starts its engines once again. Despite averaging a PIR of 94.0, the team is struggling to convert that into wins. Granted, ALBA has lost three games by 4 points or less, but turning the tide against Olympiacos seems like a tall order right now. ALBA's impressive presence in the paint adds up to 4.0 blocks per game and a league-high 37.6 rebounds per game. Small details are what will take ALBA on the winning path again, but it will have to focus on limiting Sasha Vezenkov, but also the group he has behind him, which works as a unit.