Panathinaikos vs Baskonia
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 8 February 2018
Time: 20:15 CET
Panathinaikos suffered a tough beating in the hands of Brose Bamberg last week, as they easily fell by 95:74 in Germany. Their opponents showed them who’s boss from the first half, as they found themselves losing by 42:32 at the end of the second quarter. Panathinaikos did try to comeback in the third quarter (15:23), but they suffered a meltdown in the final quarter, where they were outscored by 38:19. Nick Calathes proved once again that he is one of the most dominant playmakers in the Euroleague, as he exploded for 31 points and 7 assists. However, only Pappas had double-digits (11p), in what was a pretty bad performance by Panathinaikos, in both ends of the floor. Panathinaikos have only lost that one match out of their last five, but have gone on two overtimes in that span. They are now sitting at the 5th spot of the Euroleague (W13 L8), with an average of 77.52 points per game, against 76.47 conceded, which is the third best defense.
On the other hand, Baskonia have finally found a rich vein of form lately, as t hey have now won each of their last five matches in all competitions. They are coming off a strong win over Barcelona in the ACB, and prior to that they had also recorded a very nice home win against Crvena Zvezda. Beaubois has been a really consistent scorer for Baskonia this season (13.00 ppg), and in this match he exploded for 25 points. Janning also contributed 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists, while Garino (12p), Shengelia (11p, 7r) and Poirier (8p, 6r) all contributed towards the win. Baskonia are now sitting at the 9th spot of the Euroleague (W10 L11), scoring an average of 82 points per match, and allow 80.14 in the process.
Previous 5 games:
PAOK vs Panathinaikos 74:91
Brose Bamberg vs Panathinaikos 95:74
Panathinaikos vs Olympiacos Piraeus 68:61
Panathinaikos vs Zalgiris Kaunas 94:93
Panathinaikos vs Lavrio 120:118
Baskonia vs Barcelona 96:72
Baskonia vs Crvena Zvezda 103:84
Estudiantes vs Baskonia 87:89
Unicaja Malaga vs Baskonia 83:85
Baskonia vs Real Betis 94:70
Panathinaikos vs Baskonia: Head to Head Stats
Baskonia just barely managed to defeat the visiting Panathinaikos back on November 2nd, but they did so by 85:84 at home. Panathinaikos had won both matches last season, and have been really strong as hosts against Baskonia over the years (W9 L3).
Panathinaikos vs Baskonia: Prediction
Matches between thw two teams in this venue have not produced a lot of points, but given Baskonia’s ability for outburst scoring, I will steer away from the Over/Under. In any case, Baskonia are battling to enter the playoffs, while Panathinaikos will try to take advantage of their home ground here.
Panathinaikos vs Baskonia: Betting Tips
This is surely going to be a very interesting match to watch on Thursday, and I expect Panathinaikos to win in front of their own home crowd. However, Baskonia have been great lately, and they have also been very competitive on the road. I think that they can hold on to a +6.5 point handicap @ 1.80 here.