The hottest derby in European and, possibly, in all world basketball will take place in Greece on March 3. This Olympiacos will host Panathinaikos.
More recently, two Greek grandees dominated European basketball. But over the past few years, they have not been fighting for victory in the Euroleague. Just five years ago, Olympiacos was considered the strongest team in the Old World. From 2010 to 2017, the team played five times in the Euroleague final, winning the tournament twice. But in recent seasons everything is developing in a descending order: in the year before last, “Oli” lost in the quarter finals, and in the past took ninth place in the regular season and for the first time since 2005 finished the fight at the first stage of the Euroleague.
|MoneyLine Pick||Against the Spread Pick||Over Under Pick|
|Olympiacos Will Win||Olympiacos -2.5 Point Spread||Under 167 Game Total|
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Olympiacos gradually comes to its senses – after an extremely crumpled first round, and the beginning of the second too, the home team basketball players began to demonstrate relatively effective basketball, which brings results.
For the playoffs it will be very difficult to compete, but they can spend the ending of the season at a decent level, regardless of the final result of their performance in the Euroleague. And Olympiacos will definitely gather for a match against a principal rival – the level of performers allows to achieve success.
This season, Olympiacos risks not getting into the playoffs again. Now they have 11 victories and 15 defeats, which allows them to take 11th place. Yes, up to 8th place there is only one win, but there is a whole group of applicants. Oli is pretty good at home (8 wins and 5 losses), but against the top 6 teams they have only two wins in a season – both over CSKA.
In the upcoming match, Panathinaikos, according to the bookmakers, is an outsider – the guest team is now at risk of experiencing tremendous psychological pressure that could damage even the most experienced and skilled performers.
And if the leaders of Panathinaikos will play below the level of their capabilities, the whole game will collapse – most likely, Olympiakos will be able to achieve this, and seriously aspire to a victorious result.
Panathinaikos dominated Europe before Olympiakos, but for seven years now they have been unable to go beyond the quarter finals in the Euroleague. The current season for the “Pao” does not work out somehow overly successful. They will probably get into the playoffs (14-12), but they will go far beyond the first round.
Now the Athenian team is not the best period. They have lost 4 of their last 5 matches in the Euroleague. True, there were already three trips and another meeting with Barca. On the road, PAO was not at all impressive: there were only four victories. And three of them the team literally scratched.
Betting Tips Statistic
- Olympiacos have won their last four home matches
- PAO lost 5 of their last 7 away matches
- 4 out of 5 last in-person matches won by Panathinaikos
- The last personal match ended with the victory of Panathinaikos (99:93 OT)
Olympiacos vs Panathinaikos Prediction
In the confrontation between the two Greek teams, the factor of home flooring is very important – Olympiacos and Panathinaikos are the worst rivals, and the stands will be filled to capacity.
Now the Olympiakos basketball players are in pretty good shape, and therefore there is a real chance to achieve a victorious result – the guests of the upcoming meeting are now not very good, and on the road, under great psychological pressure, there is a high probability of failure on the part of even the most experienced Panathinaikos players.
It is worth betting that Olympiacos will win: this is the most logical choice.
Note that the matches with the participation of Panathinaikos are the most productive in this Euroleague. The average total away match of the team is 172 points, and the average total of home “Oli” is 165. But in matches between themselves they rarely score more than 160 (3 times in 16 meetings). So we take Total Under 167.
- Our Prediction: Olympiacos will win and Under 167 Game Totals.
At what time do the teams play?
The game time is March 3, 2020, 21:00 (GMT+2)
Where to watch the game?
Greece: NOVASPORTS 2HD
What are the teams positions in the standings?
Olympiacos takes the 11 position in the Euroleague and Panathinaikos takes 6 position.
How many wins and losses do the teams have?
Olympiacos have 11 wins and 15 losses. Panathinaikos have 14 wins and 12 losses.