Olympiacos vs. Barcelona: Playoffs Game 3 Prediction & Analysis.

Olympiacos vs. Barcelona: Playoffs Game 3 Prediction & Analysis.

Olympiacos will host Barcelona at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 18:30 UTC. The hosts secured a victory at the Palau Blaugrana in Game 1 but suffered a defeat in Game 2, resulting in the series being tied at 1-1. Undoubtedly, Olympiacos aims to secure its second win, bringing them one step closer to qualifying for the Final 4 in Berlin. However, Barcelona displayed resilience in Game 2, particularly led by J. Parker, who delivered an outstanding performance and appears to be the pivotal player for Barcelona at this stage. On the Olympiacos side, there is a possibility that captain K. Papanikolaou may be absent for another game, although G. Bartzokas mentioned that he should be ready for the third game.

Latest news and status of Olympiacos.

Olympiacos has outperformed Barcelona in their first two games, securing a victory in Game 1. Now, they return to their home court at the Peace and Friendship Stadium for the next two games. Winning both matches is imperative for their advancement to the Final 4, a challenge given the high level at which both teams are playing. Olympiacos, renowned for its defensive prowess, boasts the best defense in the Euroleague. However, their offensive performance has been inconsistent, which could pose a challenge against Barcelona, known for their consistent performance.

The participation of Olympiacos captain K. Papanikolaou in Game 3 remains uncertain, as he is recovering from illness that sidelined him in the last two games. It is doubtful if he can perform at his usual level at this stage. On the other hand, F. Petrusev, who encountered issues in a league match, is expected to play against Barcelona without any hindrances. Olympiacos does not face any other absence problems.

It’s worth noting that Olympiacos finished 5th in the Regular Season with an overall record of 22 wins and 12 losses, including an impressive home record of 13 wins and 4 losses.

Barcelona status and latest news.

Barcelona has consistently maintained a high level of performance throughout the year, irrespective of the venue or competition. They consistently deliver strong performances and occasionally even exceed expectations. This formidable consistency will undoubtedly pose a challenge for Olympiacos, who must maintain defensive stability and seek offensive solutions.

Nevertheless, Barcelona demonstrated in Game 2 that they have identified weaknesses in Olympiacos’ game, with signs of vulnerability emerging. While J. Parker stands out as one of Barcelona’s top offensive assets, the outcome of the match will likely hinge on the battle in the paint, where J. Vesely and W. Hernangomez will need to contend with M. Fall and N. Milutinov.

Roger Grimau is pleased that his team is free from any absence issues and will field a complete lineup against Olympiacos for Game 3.

In the Regular Season, Barcelona finished 4th with a record of 22 wins and 12 losses. On the road, they posted a record of 7 wins and 10 losses.

Olympiacos vs. Barcelona Playoffs Game 3: Betting tips.

In Game 3 between Olympiacos and Barcelona, I anticipate a match similar to the previous encounters in the series. Olympiacos will lean on its strong defensive strategy while aiming to dismantle the opponent’s defense through its frontline and the sharpshooting skills of A. Peters. Conversely, Barcelona will once again seek to exploit any potential fatigue in the Olympiacos team, relying heavily on the prowess of J. Parker and J. Vesely. They may opt to press Olympiacos early in the game to establish a lead that grants them greater freedom on the court.

In this challenging and uncertain matchup, recent performances indicate that Olympiacos is on shaky ground. Their energy levels appear depleted, and their heavy reliance on defensive prowess could prove unsustainable. I believe Barcelona stands a strong chance of clinching a victory in one of the next two games. Anticipating Barcelona’s dominance, my recommendation is as follows:

Olympiacos vs. Barcelona Playoffs Game 3: Barcelona to win with a handicap of -5.5 points.

Bet Builder:

Considering the performances in the last two games, I’m contemplating an investment focusing on key players from Olympiacos and Barcelona, crafting a combination bet with favorable odds:

  • A. Peters to score over 10.5 points.
  • J. Parker to score over 16.5 points.
  • R. Rubio to score over 6.5 points.
  • R. Rubio to make over 5.5 assists.

This Bet Builder offers odds of approximately 26.

Lineups:

Olympiacos:

Guards:

  1. Thomas Walkup #0
  2. Nigel Williams-Goss #1
  3. Isaiah Canaan #3
  4. Michalis Lountzis #4
  5. Giannoulis Larentzakis #5
  6. Naz Mitrou-Long #8

Forwards:

  1. Anastasios Rozakeas
  2. Veniamin Abosi
  3. Kostas Papanikolaou #16 -doubtful
  4. Alec Peters #25
  5. Luke Sikma #43

Centers:

  1. Moses Wright #2
  2. Moustapha Fall #10
  3. Filip Petrusev #30
  4. Nikola Milutinov #33
  5. Georgios Tanoulis #50

Coach: Georgios Bartzokas

Barcelona:

Guards:

  1. Oriol Pauli #3
  2. Dario Brizuela #8
  3. Ricky Rubio #9
  4. Tomas Satoransky #13
  5. Nicolas Laprovittola #20
  6. Rokas Jokubaitis #31

Forwards:

  1. Dame Sarr #41
  2. Dayan Nessah #42
  3. Kasparas Jakucionis #43
  4. Nikola Kalinic #10
  5. Alex Abrines #21
  6. Jabari Parker #22

Centers:

  1. Oscar Da Silva #1
  2. Jan Vesely #6
  3. Willy Hernangomez #14
  4. James Nnaji #23

Coach: Roger Grimau

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