Olympiakos and Panathinaikos put aside domestic concerns to win at home and retain alive their hopes for a play-off spot in the Euroleague, three rounds of games before the end of the regular season.
Aris nearly took advantage of the recent slump in form of Olympiakos to force a major upset in Piraeus for the Basket League on Monday, but the Reds eventually won by nine to calm their nerves.
Panathinaikos and Olympiakos have put some clear, blue water between themselves and the other teams in the Basket League, as the Greens defeated cup holder AEK and the Reds are now alone in second after defeating surprise package Peristeri.
Tired and without a coach, Panathinaikos suffered an ominous home loss to Armani Milano for the Euroleague on Friday, after Olympiakos predictably defeated visiting Gran Canaria in Piraeus on Thursday.
Olympiakos and Panathinaikos defeated their Turkish visitors at home this week to improve their position on the Euroleague table ahead of a very demanding week for both.
Olympiakos and Panathinaikos suffered painful losses in the Euroleague this week, to see the target of a top-four finish grow ever more distant.
Olympiakos produced an emphatic win over Buducnost Podgorica in Piraeus on Friday, a few hours after Panathinaikos succumbed once again on the road, this time at Khimki.
Olympiakos ended Real Madrid’s unbeaten run in the Euroleague beating the European champion at home on Thursday, while Panathinaikos suffered another away loss, this time at Baskonia on Friday.
Panathinaikos and Olympakos recorded much-needed Euroleague wins to leave behind them previous bad performances, as they defeated Barcelona and Bayern Munich respectively ahead of another pair of games on Thursday and Friday.
Panathinaikos beat Olympiakos for the second time in 10 days, this time for the Basket League, to remain on top of the table, along with fellow unbeaten Peristeri after six league games.