AEK Athens vs PAOK
Competition: Greek Basket League Playoffs
Date: 19 May 2018
Time: 15:00 CET
AEK Athens did a stunning job in the FIBA Baketball Champions League, as they managed to reach the final, and defeated French side Monaco by 94:100. They are enjoying a really successfull season, no matter what happens in their domestic playoffs. They would actually like to go as far as they can in the playoffs, but they didn’t make a very good start, as they lost in the first match on the road by 78:74. They were actually really good throughout the whole match, as they were leading by five points at the start of the fourth quarter. However, their opponents held them to just 12 points in the final quarter, eventually defeating them by 78:74. James continued his strong performances after being named MVP of the Final Four, as he scored 14 points with 8 rebounds and 3 triples. Manny Harris who was MVP of the regular season in the Champions League score 12 points with 8 rebounds, but only Sakota scored double digits from the rest of the squad. AEK Athens will now look for a win here in order to save the series.
On the other hand, PAOK made an impressive run in the Basket League since early March, as they won nine of their last ten matches in the regular season. As a result, they overthrew AEK Athens from the 4th spot of the league table, as PAOK finished with a W17 L9 record. They took advantage of AEK Athens’ fatigue from the consecutive matches, and grabbed a really strong win in Game 1 of the playoffs. They actually struggled a lot in that match, as they were chasing the score for the first three quarters of that match. However, they made a great run in the final quarter, where they outscored their opponents by 20:12 and did their duty to win at home. Petteway scored a game-high 17 points with 6 rebounds, with Goss backing him up with 16 points and 4 assists. Margaritis and Koniaris both scored in double digits, while Jackson just missed a double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds.
Previous 5 games:
PAOK vs AEK Athens 78:74
AEK Athens vs G.S. Kymis 82:76
Panathinaikos vs AEK Athens 115:85
Monaco vs AEK Athens 94:100
AEK Athens vs Murcia 77:75
PAOK vs AEK Athens 78:74
PAOK vs G.S.L. Faros 91:51
Panionios vs PAOK 67:81
Olympiacos Piraeus vs PAOK 96:77
PAOK vs Lavrio 92:87
AEK Athens vs PAOK: Head to Head Stats
PAOK have won each of the last three matches against AEK Athens, as they won both matches in the regular season. They have actually stood really great in this venue over the years, as they have won five of their last eight matches here.
AEK Athens vs PAOK: Prediction
AEK Athens did an excellent job to win the Basketball Champions League title a couple of weeks ago. However, the accumulated fatigue from the consecutive matches has taken a toll on the team’s scoring. They are slowly recovering from that, but they will need to outdo themselves here in order to save the series.
AEK Athens vs PAOK: Betting Tips
AEK Athens will most likely win this one, but don’t expect PAOK to give up that easily. They won both matches in the regular season against AEK Athens, and also Game 1 of the playoffs. They have stood greatly in this venue over the years, and if anything, they can stay competitive and defend the +8.5 handicap @ 1.70. The Under 157.5 points @ 1.75 also looks good here, but AEK Athens might explode due to the presence of their home crowd.