Barcelona vs. Olympiacos: Playoffs Game 1 Prediction.

Barcelona vs. Olympiacos: Playoffs Game 1 Prediction.

Barcelona will face Olympiacos in the first game of the best-of-five Euroleague playoffs at Palau Blaugrana on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. (UTC). It’s important to note that Barcelona finished 4th in the Euroleague with 22 wins and 12 losses, while Olympiacos secured the 5th spot with an identical win-loss record. However, Barcelona held the advantage in point differential in their head-to-head matchups, granting them home-court advantage for three out of the five games.

Currently, both Barcelona and Olympiacos are in similar states of form, with most analysts expecting a full five-game series to determine the advancing team to the final four. Let’s delve deeper into the teams and explore the betting opportunities this match can offer.

Barcelona: Status and Latest News.

For the last game of the Euroleague Regular Season, Barcelona suffered a loss to ASVEL Villeurbanne in a match that held no bearing on their standing, as they had already secured 4th place regardless of the outcome. Conversely, in the Spanish League, they emerged victorious against Murcia at home with a score of 97-86, fueled by stellar performances from J. Vesely and A. Abrines. At home, Barcelona boasts formidable strength, boasting 15 wins and only 2 losses in the Euroleague, succumbing only to Armani Milan and Monaco.

In recent Barcelona news, Ricky Rubio has returned and will bolster the team in the playoffs. Grimau Roger is free from injury or absence concerns and will field a full squad against Olympiacos. While Barcelona appears to be in good form, they are closely matched with Olympiacos in terms of quality. However, their style of play is distinct, focusing more on technique rather than strength, adding an intriguing dynamic to this series between the two teams.

Olympiacos: Status and latest news.

Olympiacos secured a victory against Fenerbahce at home in overtime during the last Euroleague game of the regular season, securing the 5th place in the rankings. In Olympiacos news, the return of Nicola Milutinov is notable. He enhances Olympiacos’ capabilities in dominating the battle near the basket, given their strong roster, which includes three centers. Georgios Bartzokas will be without Shaquielle McKissic, but there are no other absence issues.

With the best defense in the Euroleague, Olympiacos has only allowed a total of 2526 points. They will rely on this strength in their series against Barcelona, aiming to limit their opponent’s scoring opportunities as much as possible.

Barcelona vs. Olympiacos: Playoffs Game 1 betting tips.

Key players from Barcelona’s side will undoubtedly be those who possess the ability to score from long distance or three-point range, especially considering Olympiacos’s strong frontline. We witnessed a similar scenario during the regular season when the two teams faced off. However, I believe Barcelona will find a way to overcome Olympiacos in the first game, even if it’s a closely contested match. I predict Barcelona to win without any handicapping.

I believe J. Parker is well-suited to the type of game we’ll see against Olympiacos and expect him to contribute significantly on the scoring front. With Olympiacos likely focusing their defense on N. Laprovittola and J. Vesely, there should be opportunities for both T. Satoransky and W. Hernangomez to shine. On the Olympiacos side, I anticipate M. Wright to pose challenges for Barcelona’s defense due to his versatility, while I. Canaan will likely be relied upon offensively, receiving plenty of perimeter shooting opportunities.

Betting Choice:

Barcelona vs. Olympiacos: Prediction – Barcelona to win.

Bet Builder:

  • Over 2.5 3-pointer made: I. Canaan.
  • Over 12.5 points: M. Wright
  • Over 5.5 assists: T. Satoransky
  • Over 14.5 points: J. Parker
  • Over 12.5 points: W. Hernangomez

Lineups:

Below are the lineups for Barcelona and Olympiacos:

Barcelona Lineup:

Guard:

  • Oriol Paulí (#3)
  • Dario Brizuela (#8)
  • Ricky Rubio (#9)
  • Tomas Satoransky (#13)
  • Nicolas Laprovittola (#20)
  • Rokas Jokubaitis (#31)
  • Dame Sarr (#41)
  • Dayan Nessah (#42)
  • Kasparas Jakucionis (#43)

Forward:

  • Nikola Kalinic (#10)
  • Alex Abrines (#21)
  • Jabari Parker (#22)
  • Joel Parra (#44)

Center:

  • Oscar Da Silva (#1)
  • Jan Vesely (#6)
  • Willy Hernangomez (#14)
  • James Nnaji (#23)

Coach:

  • Roger Grimau (Head Coach)

Olympiacos Lineup:

Guard:

  • Thomas Walkup (#0)
  • Nigel Williams-Goss (#1)
  • Isaiah Canaan (#3)
  • Michalis Lountzis (#4)
  • Giannoulis Larentzakis (#5)
  • Naz Mitrou-Long (#8)

Forward:

  • Ignas Brazdeikis (#17)
  • Shaquielle McKissic (#77)
  • Anastasios Rozakeas
  • Veniamin Abosi
  • Kostas Papanikolaou (#16)
  • Alec Peters (#25)
  • Luke Sikma (#43)

Center:

  • Moses Wright (#2)
  • Moustapha Fall (#10)
  • Filip Petrusev (#30)
  • Nikola Milutinov (#33)
  • Georgios Tanoulis (#50)

Coach:

  • Georgios Bartzokas (Head Coach)

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