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The opening round of the EuroLeague season brings us the matchup between the biggest rivals in basketball. Panathinaikos and Olympiacos will go against each other in another fight for Athens that every basketball fan needs to witness.
Panathinaikos vs Olympiacos – game predictions
- 1 Panathinaikos vs Olympiacos – game predictions
- 2 Who wins the battle for Athens?
- 3 Key game details
This is a tough match to predict which is evident by the odds that give equal chances for both teams to win.
Prediction 1: Panathinaikos to win @ 17/20 (1.85)
Olympiacos won the last three games against the city rival with more than 20 points differential, and the Panathinaikos’ owner decided to stop the bleeding. Pao made a lot of moves in the offseason, bringing in numerous players who are changing the picture of the team. Former Olympiacos player Kostas Slukas did the unthinkable and signed with the fierce rival for the largest transfer in Panathinaikos history. They also brought in Luka Vildoza and Juancho Hernangomez, who will be one of the most exciting duos to watch. Still, Olympiacos is the team to beat, but given the environment in the OAKA Arena, Panathinaikos will have no other option but to find a way to win this game.
Prediction 2: Kyle Guy over 8.5 points @ 17/20 (1.85)
Kyle Guy is one of the players on the Panathinaikos’ roster with NBA experience. After only one season in Europe playing for Juventud, he made a name for himself as one of the best shooters on the continent. This will be his first EuroLeague game ever, and the American will have to prove himself and lock his spot in the Ataman’s rotation. This will probably not be a high-scoring game, and Guy is the one who can make the difference with his efficiency. The former NCAA champion does not need many shots to take over the game, so he will not need more than 20 minutes in the game to get over 8.5 points.
Who wins the battle for Athens?
This is more than just a basketball game as every game between the rivals from Athens is on the verge of an incident. Panathinaikos have made a respectful roster, and after a couple of seasons, they can go neck to neck with Olympiacos.
Panathinaikos news, injuries, and starting lineups
Panathinaikos made a complete rebuild in the off-season, and the biggest move was bringing head coach Ergen Ataman. He won two EuroLeague titles in the last three years with Anadolu Efes, and the teams from Athens believe he can transfer the success to Athens. Panathinaikos signed Mathias Lessort, who was named to the All-EuroLeague First Team last year. They also singed Luka Vildoza, Juancho Hernangomez, Kyle Guy, and Kostas Sloukas.
Panathinaikos injury report
Panathinaikos starting lineup
Luka Vildoza, Kyle Guy, Juancho Hernangomez, Konstantinos Mitroglu and Mathias Lessort
Olympiacos news, injuries, and starting lineups
Olympiacos was one stop away from winning the title last season, and they will play with a chip on the shoulder in the upcoming season. They lost the EuroLeague MVO Aleksandar Vezenkov, who went to the Sacramento Kings but have plenty of guys who can step up. Nikola Milutinov has returned to the team, and the Serbian will prove that he is the best center in the league from tip-off.
Olympiacos injury report
Olympiacos starting lineup
Thomas Walkup, Shaqueille McKissic, Kostas Papanikolau, Luke Sikma and Nikola Milutinov
Panathinaikos vs Olympiacos head to head record
Olympiacos leads 59-54 in the previous games against Panathinaikos.
- 30.09.2023: Olympiacos won 75-51 at home
- 15.06.2023: Olympiacos won 63-35 on the road
- 11.06.2023: Olympiacos won 75-52 at home
- 08.06.2023: Panathinaikos won 67-65 at home
- 04.06.2023: Olympiacos won 73-70 at home
Key game details
- Date & Time: October 6th, 2023 at 19:15 GMT
- Venue: OAKA Arena, Athens, Greece
- Where to watch match in UK: EuroLeagueTV and Eurosport Player
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