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Both teams started the 2023-24 EuroLeague season with big wins which makes this a must-watch game of the second round. Olympiacos has a couple of injured players which gives Barcelona a real chance to still this game on the road.
Olympiacos vs Barcelona – game predictions
- 1 Olympiacos vs Barcelona – game predictions
- 2 Is Olympiacos a legit contender this season?
- 3 Key game details
Given the odds, Olympiacos is the favourite to win this game, but Barcelona is playing excellent lately.
Prediction 1: Barcelona to win @ 21/20 (2.05)
Both teams lost their best players in the offseason. Last year, Olympiacos won both games and is going into this match as slight favourites. The fans at the Peace and Friendship Stadium makes things difficult for any visitor and things will be even more heated with Barcelona in town. Olympiacos will play without their top scorer Shaquielle McCissic and Luke Sikma while Nigel Williams-Goss and Moustapha Fall are questionable. This is a huge blow for the Greek side and Barcelona will know how to take advantage of that. The Catalans have plenty of versatile players who will keep a fast pace of the game that will eventually lead them to the victory.
Prediction 2: Under 156.5 points @ 17/20 (1.85)
In four of the last five games, these two teams played under this margin. Olympiacos usually plays long possessions and will have to keep that style knowing that Barcelona wants to run. Olympiacos will have to adjust given their injury list and that automatically means lower points than usual. Barcelona is very efficient at home which brings their points per game pretty high, but if we focus on their scoring on the road, this will not be their best night. The total margin at 156.5 points is high for this game which will finish slightly under it.
Is Olympiacos a legit contender this season?
Olympiacos had a great season last year and a confident lead in the final game with only a couple of minutes left. Still, they blew that all away losing to Real Madrid in the clutch. Aleksandar Vezenkov, who won the EuroLeague MVP last season, left to join the Sacramento Kings, which is a big loss for the team from Athens. The return of Nikola Milutinov gives them stability in the paint, but Olympiacos does not look like a real contender at the moment.
Olympiacos news, injuries, and starting lineups
Olympiacos is off to a great start of the season with an 88-78 overtime win over the city rival Panathinaikos. That was their second consecutive win over Pao after they defeated them 75-51 in the Greek Super Cup. During the weekend, Olympiacos defeated Aris 82-71 on the road.
Olympiacos injury report
Shaquielle McCissic and Luke Sikma are out while Nigel Williams-Goss and Moustapha Fall are questionable.
Olympiacos starting lineup
Isaiah Canaan, Thomas Walkup, Kostas Papanikolau, Alec Peters and Nikola Milutinov
Barcelona news, injuries, and starting lineups
Barcelona made a budget cut in the offseason which cost their best player Nikola Mirotic leaving the team. Despite that, they are still looking very good and started with a 91-74 win over Anadolu Efes. Last weekend, Barcelona defeated Andorra 81-77 in the ACB league which is their 8th win in the last 10 games.
Barcelona injury report
Barcelona starting lineup
Nicolas Laprovittola, Tomaas Satoransky, Oscar da Silva, Nikola Kalinic and Yan Vesely
Olympiacos vs Barcelona head to head record
Barcelona leads 18-13 against Olympiacos in the previous head to head games. The Greek team won three of the last five games.
- 07.03.2023: Olympiacos won 77-70 in Athens
- 07.10.2022: Barcelona won 80-70 in Athens
- 21.05.2022: Barcelona won 84-74 in Barcelona
- 01.04.2022: Olympiacos won 73-66 in Athens
- 13.10.2021: Barcelona won 79-78 OT in Barcelona
Key game details
- Date & Time: October 13th, 2023 at 19:15 GMT
- Venue: Peace and Friendship Stadium, Athens, Greece
- Where to watch match in UK: EuroLeagueTV and Eurosport Player
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