Panathinaikos vs Zalgiris Kaunas
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 25 January 2018
Time: 20:15 CET
Panathinaikos tried really hard to defend their undefeated home ground last week against Euroleague leaders CSKA Moscow, but barely failed to do so. They were actually quite solid in that match overall, but they paid dearly the fact that they choked in the second quarter. They were outscored by 9:16, and that was where they lost the match. They eventually fell by 70:75, and we unfortunately missed out bet by just half a point. Pappas scored a team-high 14 points but didn’t sink a single threepointer. Calathes posted a nice line with 13 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds and a steal, while Antetokounmpo (13p, 5r) and Rivers (11p, 6r) also really tried their best. Prior to that they had also fell by 5 points on the road against Fenerbahce, and are now sitting at the 5th spot of the Euroleague (W12 L7). They are scoring an average of 77.42 points per match, while allowing 75.15 in the process.
On the other hand, Zalgiris Kaunas are coming into this match after a strong performance against Valencia, but they failed to cover the handicap by a single point. They were already up by 47:31 at the end of the first half, but their opponents tried to make a comeback in the second half. Zalgiris Kaunas were outscored throughout the next two quarters, but eventually won by 86:82. Toupane was really great with 18 points and 3 rebounds, while Pangos recorded a massive double-double with 11 points and 15 assists. Milaknis, White, Jankunas and Ulanovas all scored double digits, and Davies was also good with 8 points and 5 rebounds. They bounced right back from that loss to Brose Bamberg the previous week, and have now won five of their last six matches in all competitions. Zalgiris Kaunas are now sitting at the 6th spot of the Euroleague (W12 L7), with an average of 80 points per match, against 79.94 conceded.
Previous 5 games:
Panathinaikos vs Lavrio 120:118
Panathinaikos vs CSKA Moscow 70:75
Fenerbahce vs Panathinaikos 67:62
AEK Athens vs Panathinaikos 74:94
Panathinaikos vs Barcelona 84:75
Neptunas vs Zalgiris Kaunas 75:83
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Valencia 86:82
Brose Bamberg vs Zalgiris Kaunas 93:86
Juventus vs Zalgiris Kaunas 79:81
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Unicaja Malaga 79:77
Panathinaikos vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Head to Head Stats
Zalgiris Kaunas won by a slim 80:74 when the two met in Lithuania on December 7th, while the two teams exchanged home wins last season. Panathinaikos have been dominant in this venue when hosting Zalgiris Kaunas, as they have won all ten matches over the years.
Panathinaikos vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Prediction
Panathinaikos finally met their first home loss of the season against CSKA Moscow last week, and they have not lost back-to-back matches. They will be looking to return to winning ways here, and anything other than a home win should be considered as an upset.
Panathinaikos vs Zalgiris Kaunas: Betting Tips
Zalgiris Kaunas might have been in good form lately, but they have never won in this venue, and these things matter in basketball. While I think the greeks should win this match the spread currently sits at 8.5 and it’s enough for me to back the visitors to at least keep it close. Therefor Zalgiris +email@example.com is my tip.
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