Bayern Munich vs Panathinaikos
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 16 October 2018
Time: 19:30 CET
Bayern Munich met a really tough loss in their return to the Euroleague, when they fell by 71:90 at home against Anadolu Efes. They were actually not very bad in the first quarter and were leading by 19:18. But Anadolu Efes greatly improved in the second quarter and were leading by seven at the end of the first half. The Turks went on to destroy Bayern Munich in the third quarter (14:28) and the match was already done for, the hosts couldn’t do anything at that point. Djedovic actually led the scoring in that match with 17 points and 4/6 triples, while Jovic was the second leading scorer with 15. However, Bayern Munich got little to no help from their bench besides Djedovic. The only statistical category they excelled at was the Steals, as they had 11 against just 3 from their opponents. They should improve their threepoint shooting, as they had a mere 32% (8/25).
On the other hand, Panathinaikos started the new season on a positive note, as they defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv by 89:84 at home. It was a very balanced and close match between the two sides, who were going hand in hand for the entire match. But Panathinaikos firmly had control of the match, and were only slightly outscored in the second quarter (20:21). They had the leading role and played solid defense though, and eventually edged out their opponents. It was a great team effort from the Greens, who were led in the scoring by Lojeski who had 20 points. Only Langford (13p) and Antetokounmpo (10) had double digits, but pretty much everyone that was involved had something to contribute.
Previous 5 games:
Bayern Munich vs Anadolu Efes 71:90
Bayern Munich vs Gissen 46ers 106:92
Bayern Munich vs Vekta 79:66
Ratiofarm Ulm vs Bayern Munich 77:83
Olimpia Milano vs Bayern Munich 82:77
Aris vs Panathinaikos 70:84
Panathinaikos vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 89:84
Panathinaikos vs Ifestos Limnou 93:65
Pagrati vs Panathinaikos 66:100
Panathinaikos vs Fenerbahce 85:80
Bayern Munich vs Panathinaikos: Head to Head Stats
The two teams have only met on the 2014/15 season in the Euroleague, where they exchanged home wins. Bayern Munich won by 81:75 in this venue before falling by 87:72 in Athens. Panathinaikos had also recorded another home win against Bayern Munich earlier that season, by 85:75 in a friendly match.
Bayern Munich vs Panathinaikos: Prediction
Panathinaikos looked great in their debut and have a lot of experience in the competition, as opposed to Bayern Munich. They have won in under much harder circumstances and they now have a chance to make it two in a row.
Bayern Munich vs Panathinaikos: Betting Tips
Panathinaikos can cover the -4.5 handicap @1.85 any day, especially if they play like they did in their first match. Calathes will be at 100% in this match and can help the team even more. Bayern Munich are not going to let this go easy, but in the end I think that Panathinaikos will cover the spread.