Crunch week in Euroleague

Olympiakos and Panathinaikos enter the second week of the Euroleague quarterfinals in basketball tonight from different positions. The Reds hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series with Real Madrid and are traveling to Spain aiming at a clean sweep tonight, or at least an away win over the two games tonight and on Thursday. If the worst comes to the worst this week, Olympiakos will always have the fifth game at home to fall back on next week. «We will be going to Spain with the attitude that the series is still at 0-0 and that we will be facing a team that will put pressure on us from the start till the end,» said Olympiakos coach Panayiotis Giannakis. Panathinaikos, on the other hand, is tied at 1-1 with Montepaschi Siena and is visiting the Italian side for the third game knowing it has to win either tonight or on Thursday to stay alive in the competition. Siena of course is no pushover. It has a winning streak of 14 matches at home, which Panathinaikos will need to break. «We are practically playing for our survival in the Euroleague,» said Panathinaikos captain Dimitris Diamantidis. Both games start at 9.45 p.m. today, as they will do on Thursday.

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