Olimpia plays the twentieth final in its history, it has a balance of 9-10 in the previous finals. He met Virtus Bologna in 1979, 1984 and 2021, Vuelle Pesaro in 1982, 1985 and 1988, Virtus Roma in 1983, Juvecaserta in 1986, 1987 and 1991, Libertas Livorno in 1989, Fortitudo Bologna in 1996 and 2004, Mens Sana Siena in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014, Reggio Emilia in 2016, Trento in 2018. The overall balance is 34-42. This is the final tenth played with an unfavorable field factor. In the previous nine, he won in 1982 (Pesaro), 1989 (Livorno), 1996 (Fortitudo).
BEST-OF-SEVEN – Olimpia played 12 series to the best of seven games in its history, five of which against Siena, winning the 2014 final, losing those of 2009, 2010 and 2012 as well as the quarter-final in 2013. He has faced Sassari twice in semifinal winning in 2014 and losing in 2015, he beat Venice in the semifinal of 2016, Reggio Emilia in the final of 2016 and made 1-1 against Trento (defeat in the semifinal of 2017 and victory in the final of 2018). Finally, he lost the 2021 final to Virtus Bologna. This year will be the twelfth best-of-seven series in its history.
THE STRIP – Olimpia plays the sixth consecutive Italian final. The streak began in the 2020 Super Cup won in Bologna, right against Virtus, and then continued with the 2021 Italian Cup (won in Milan against Pesaro), the 2021 playoffs (defeat against Virtus Bologna), the 2021 Super Cup (defeated in Bologna against Virtus), the Italian Cup 2022 (won in Pesaro against Tortona). The longest consecutive Italian final series was five between 2015 and 2017 (Supercoppa in Turin, Coppa Italia 2016, Scudetto final 2016, Supercoppa 2016, Coppa Italia 2017) with three victories. The coach was Jasmin Repesa.
THE STRIP 2 – Olimpia reaches this final with a 19-0 home record this season. This is the club’s record in the playoff era equaled. In the 2013/14 season, he finished 15-0 at home and then extended his streak by winning three times with Pistoia in the first round and Race 1 of the semifinal against Sassari before giving up on Race 2. The following year, he again won all the 15 home games of the regular season and the first two of the playoffs (17 in a row) but losing Game 1 of the semifinal, again against Sassari. The current 19-0, however, is identical to Virtus Bologna’s 19-0 this season.
NBA FLAVOR – The rosters of the two finalists contain 2,894 appearances in the NBA, including the two players injured and therefore unavailable, Malcolm Delaney for Olimpia and Ekpe Udoh for Virtus. There are seven on each side. In Olimpia in order of attendance: Rodriguez 353, Daniels 339, Grant 279, Delaney 127, Melli 105, Datome 55, Hall 11. In Virtus: Belinelli 860, Udoh 384, Sampson 236, Teodosic 60, Shengelia 45, Mannion 30, Hervey 10.
EUROLEAGUE FLAVOR – Five players have won the EuroLeague, three are in Olimpia (Kyle Hines with Olympiacos and CSKA, Sergio Rodriguez with Real Madrid and CSKA, Gigi Datome with Fenerbahce) and two in Virtus (Daniel Hackett and Milos Teodosic, both with CSKA). Nicolò Melli at Fenerbahce and Marco Belinelli with Fortitudo Bologna also played in the final.
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