The Greek Basket League Playoff Matchups
On Thursday, the Greek Basket League regular season came to an end and the stage is set for the postseason.
The top 8 teams in the league qualified for the playoffs, while the teams ranked 9th-12th remained out of postseason play. The two last placed teams, Apollon Patras and Doxa Lefkadas were relegated to the second division.
The Top-8 teams ranked in order: Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEK, Aris, PAOK, Rethymno, Kolossos Rodou, Lavrio.
The Basket League playoffs consist of three rounds before the finals. The first round will consist of the teams ranked 5th-8th with two teams advancing to the second round where they will be joined by the teams ranked 3rd and 4th (received byes) from the regular season.
The semi-finals, or the third round of the playoffs, will consist of the two teams that advanced from the second round along with the top 2 teams from the regular season, who will receive a bye to the third round.
The matchups for this year’s playoffs are below with the first team listed holding home court advantage.
First Round (Best of 3 series): PAOK (5) vs Lavrio (8)
First Round (Best of 3 series): Rethymno (6) vs Kolossos Rodou (7)
Second Round (Best of 3 series): AEK (3) vs Rethymno/Kolossos
Second Round (Best of 3 series): Aris (4) vs PAOK/Lavrio
Third Round (Best of 5 series): Olympiacos (1) vs Aris/PAOK/Lavrio
Third Round (Best of 5 series): Panathinaikos (2) vs AEK/Rethymno/Kolossos
Finals (Best of 5 series): Will include the two winners of the third round and the higher ranked team will have home court advantage.