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Jessie Carter May 20, 2023 3 min read
Olympiacos and Real Madrid 2023 EuroLeague Final Odds, Time, and Prediction
The 2023 EuroLeague is coming to an end on Sunday, May 21, with the grand finale being the duel between Olympiacos and Real Madrid
This has been a wonderful season for Olympiacos and the cherry on top would be to win the 2023 EuroLeague. Oddsmakers think they’re going to do it, but you never know with Real Madrid. Los Blancos have already staged many upsets this year, so maybe they could stage another one?
Olympiacos and Real Madrid Odds
|Real Madrid +3.5||-110|
*Odds taken from bet365 on Saturday, May 20, 2023.
When, Where, and How to Watch?
- Place: Zalgirio Arena in Kaunas, Lithuania
- Date: Sunday, May 21, 2023
- Time: 1:00 PM
- How to Watch: FloSports / EuroLeague TV
Is Olympiacos the Best Basketball Team in Europe in 2023?
The Greek powerhouse finished top of the EuroLeague table in the regular season. Olympiacos went 24-10 in the regular season, which saw their forward Aleksandar Vezenkov put on some really vintage performances. In fact, he was so good that the EuroLeague awarded him the MVP prize for the 2022-23 season.
The best thing is that his teammates weren’t much behind him in terms of performance. Kostas Papanikolaou, Kostas Sloukas, Shaquielle Mckissic, Moustapha Fall, and many other Olympiacos players were absolutely fantastic in the regular season.
Most of them continued to play well in the playoffs, even though they did somewhat struggle against Fenerbahce. Even though it wasn’t an easy series, the Greeks eventually won 3-2, thus booking the ticket to the EuroLeague Final 4.
Then, in the semifinal, they steamrolled Monaco 76-62. It was expected if we’re being frank as Monaco is the worst team of all that qualified for the F4 tournament in Lithuania. On Sunday, however, Olympiacos have a much tougher task on their hands.
Real Madrid Ready for Another Upset?
Los Blancos are coming to Kaunas as +150 underdogs, but this doesn’t seem to bother them much. After all, they’ve just staged a big upset in the semifinal. They were +215 underdogs against Barcelona in the last game, but they ended up smashing their archrivals 78-66.
Truth be told, it’s Barca’s fault really. These guys played horrible basketball on Friday, with their best player Nikola Mirotic scoring just 3 points. Sure, Real Madrid players did great defensively, especially Edy Tavares who’s arguably the best defensive player outside the NBA.
Still, despite impressing against Barca, the boys in white haven’t been too convincing in the 2023 postseason. The best example is the playoff series against Partizan Belgrade, which saw them struggle a lot.
They went 2-0 down after two games in Madrid, both of which saw a lot of controversy. Their players got into a fight with the opposition, the result of which was that a couple of Partizan’s key men ended up suspended. It’s not an overstatement to say that it helped Real turn the series in their favor.
Olympiacos and Real Madrid 2023 EuroLeague Final Prediction
We think Olympiacos will destroy Real Madrid on Sunday. If you compare them player-for-player, Olympiacos might not seem too superior. However, the Greeks have been functioning great as a collective. They just need another big push to end their wonderful campaign in style.
That said, we can see no other scenario but Olympiacos winning the game, covering the spread along the way.
Pick: Olympiacos to win and cover the spread
Jessie is our resident sports specialist with over 4 years of experience in sports journalism. She's worked with several prominent online sports news outlets in the past and has accrued specialist insight across a wide range of sports markets. Combined with her own love and excitement of sports, having competed at a national level during college, she aims to improve sports coverage value for our readers at GamblingNews.
Sports May 20, 2023