Two of Europe’s finest, most hard-fought leagues are coming to a head with crucial games going down today in both Greece and Spain – and with no NBA playoffs on the schedule, you have no excuse to miss either.
In EΣAKE land, the championship series again features those perpetual rivals Olympiacos and defending champions Panathinaikos. Panathinaikos is up 1-0 – make that a big 1-0 – after taking care of business at home on Thursday night, 73-54.
Surely, the pressure cooker will be turned up ever higher on Olympiacos’ big names as PAO has in the past couple of years broken the Reds’ hearts in title quest after title quest. Game two of the EΣAKE championship series on Sunday night at 9.45pm local time (8.45 CET, 2.45 EST).
As for watching Olympiacos-Panathinaikos online, BiE received some advice in response to the recent plea posted on these pages. It goes something like this: Seemingly, the most reliable stream (at least it was last year) can be found at EllinarasTV.net. The sites Stream 2 Watch and ATDHE.net typically carry tons of European sports streams, including the Greek League playoffs thus far.
The best coverage is reportedly provided by Woop.gr, but this requires a Greek-based IP; your computer’s IP address can apparently easily be changed, though BiE is a tad too faint-hearted and technologically ignorant to mess about with his local settings.
Happily, seeing the already-tense Real Madrid-Caja Laboral Baskonia series is a lot easier. While FC Barcelona is handily smoking Unicaja Malaga in the other semifinal bracket (the Blaugrana won the first two games by margins of 14 and 13), game one of this series resulted in a tight 62-60 sneaking by of the no. 2 seed.
Today’s ACB semifinal game tips off at 12.30pm CET (6.30am EST). ACB has scheduled this round in most excellent fashion, supplying one game per day (or night) straight through to May 6 if necessary. All the games may be seen on the ACB’s highly-recommended ACB 360 service. The only downside here is that the games may only be viewed live.
Fearless predictions? Sure, why not? BiE will take Olympiacos to defend home court, but barely; say two points. And over in Iberia, Baskonia stuns Madrid, 75-72 to put Ettore Messina’s boys on the ropes.