BARCELONA (Euroleague) - The games don't come any bigger in European club basketball than Thursday night's showdown between Barcelona and Panathinaikos at the Palau Blaugrana.
The two heavyweights on the old continent are to square off in a Turkish Airlines Euroleague Quarter-Final series Game 5 decider, with the winner clinching a spot in next month's Final Four.
The first four contests have been full of tension, with Games 1, 2 and 3 not decided until the last seconds.
Barca forced a Game 5 when they prevailed 70-60 last week in a packed OAKA in Athens, the venue of the 2004 Olympics.
Panathinaikos, one of the dominant sides in Europe for more than a decade, believe there will be more pressure on Barca since they went into the series as favorites.
The Catalan team, meanwhile, knows that to have success against the Greens, it must disrupt the rhythm of Panathinaikos' great point guard Dimitris Diamantidis.
Brazil international playmaker Marcelinho Huertas helped put the shackles on Diamantidis in Game 4.
"Diamantidis must not feel comfortable," Huertas said.
"When he gets in the paint, he looks for his teammates a lot and we cannot allow that.
"We need him to not feel comfortable on court and for him to see one of us guarding him closely at all times."
Panathinaikos boss Argiris Pedoulakis is trying to prove there is life at the club after Zeljko Obradovic, who ended his legendary coaching career with the outfit after last season.
"We must all understand that we are building a new team and that we are trying to be competitive and to fight in every single game," he said.
Barcelona coach Xavier Pascual isn't expecting any surprises from Panathinaikos.
"They try to take the game to low-scoring levels and this one won't be different," he said.
The Panathinaikos v Barcelona rivalry has been one of the best in Europe over the years.
The Greek giants scraped a 67-66 triumph over Barca in the 1996 Euroleague title game in Paris to capture their first European title and they also upset Pascual's side 3-1 in the Quarter-Finals of the 2011 play-offs.
Anadolu Efes and defending champions Olympiacos will meet in a Game 5 decider on Friday in Greece to determine the last Final Four team.
Real Madrid swept Maccabi Tel Aviv 3-0 to punch their ticket for London and CSKA won 3-1 over Caja Laboral to advance to the showpiece.