Partizan head coach Zeljko Obradovic had high praise for Olympiacos ahead of Friday’s home game at Stark Arena in Belgrade. The legendary head coach is expecting a tough battle vs the “Reds” and explained why the Greek powerhouse is on top of the standings.
“Olympiacos deserves to be on top, because they play excellent basketball. They play as a team and they don’t depend on just one player, because they have excellent ball movement and they are patient offensively.
Their ball movement lets them create open shots or spot shots, while they are great in switch defense and even big man Moustapha Fall (2,18m) switches dfensively. Their biggest advantage is their defense and they are great in transition, with several players capable of making the difference in that playing style,” Zeljko Obradovic told Partizan TV.
Last week, Olympiacos became the first tem to officially clinch a playoff spot (21-8) and they are a couple of wins away from securing the home-court advantage and a Top-2 finish.
On the contrary, Zeljko Obradovic and Partizan are fighting for one of the final playoff spots and they are currently tied with Maccabi Tel-Aviv for sixth in the standings with a 16-13 record. The Serbians have won seven of their last nine games.
In their remaining regular season games, Partizan will host Olympiacos, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Panathinaikos and their only road game will be vs Monaco on April 7.
Meanwhile, Olympiacos will play Partizan (road), ASVEL Villeurbanne (home), Panathinaikos (home), Crvena Zvezda (road) and Baskonia (home).