Olympiacos vs Panathinaikos (By: Clinch)
Except Olympiakos game against Fenerbahce I don't recall any other game where Olympiakos stayed Under 80 points in a home game and it was all due to Fenerbahce style of the play on the road games. Actually they scored only 75 points against Milano, but it was the start of the season and they were not warmed up. They had three times 88 points...against Real Madrid, Maccabi and Anadolu Efes, 92 against Budućnost, 98 against Gran Canaria. So they are 80+ points team at home.
Now Panathinaikos, the team that didn't reach 80 points in any of their away games this season but they have a new coach and as it seems they are having a renaissance at least in terms of offense...this is obviously what their coach is about, American game plan to focus on offense. In last game Pao scored 93 points against CSKA, what is not a huge success considering that CSKA defense is soft and even Budućnost managed to do it, but the difference is that Pao didn't win by making impossible 3pt shots but rather involving their men in the paint in the process, something I was criticizing previously. Panathinaikos will be determined to win this game since they are out of play off spots and their American coach Pitino is not even mentioning the defense, all he talks about is scoring 8-10 points more than their opponent. Even if Pao had problems scoring on the road games I believe it will be changed since adding new coach and also this is played in Athens so it kind of isn't even a road game for them.
I expect to see 84:84 result in this game.
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Olympiacos vs Panathinaikos prediction
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