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 predictions

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Over 155.5 Pinnacle 1.94 6 79-65 LOST (-6 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
Olympiacos vs Panathinaikos betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Clinch).
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Comments (4)
Kunle George
Clinch is back. I have missed your predictions. Happy new year, bro. Over 155.5 it is. Staking it right away
01/04/2019 - 15:29
Happy New Year! Well I see it as Over game even though another respectable punter Miyagi thinks it will be Under... in the past it was mostly Under, but this season I see only Over, this is simply the way they play and Panathinaikos joined this kind of play with a new coach and he talks only about scoring more than the opponent...anyway hopefully it will end 156 pts so we all win :D
01/04/2019 - 15:35
Pitino is talking about full-court press, deflections and high energy in defense, at least that's what he says in his interviews so far.
“It was a great team win,” Pitino said. “Defensively we had 30 deflections. We had seven turnovers. When you play that hard at the defensive end and only turn it over seven times, you really want to win. And I commend the players for their desire to win this game, because that’s an excellent team they beat tonight.” He said that after the game against CSKA.

He posted on Twitter the number of deflections and assists after the game against Prometheus https://twitter.com/RealPitino/status/1079468619334066176.

The guy sees things in a whole other way and if he brings that defensive constant harassment and deflections in the already poor -in terms of entertainment and quality- Greek derby games, then it's going to get really ugly, really ugly...
I've watched (and lost bets placed on over) in so many derbies, every year, no matter who the coach is, those games somehow always turn ugly, just ugly!
But its just the way I see it... keep up the great job ;)
01/04/2019 - 17:37
Looking like an under game already, even 150.5 is gonna be a miracle.
01/04/2019 - 22:56
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