Panathinaikos Athens vs CSKA Moscow
Date: 31st March 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
In what will be one of the more exciting Euroleague games on Friday, Panathinaikos will be hosting CSKA Moscow.
Panathinaikos are fighting hard for home-court advantage in the playoffs, as they have currently won three games in a row. However, in order to get the fourth spot, they will need to win both remaining matches and for Fenerbahce to slip up at least once. On Friday, Panathinaikos will be meeting CSKA in a game that will definitely be hard to win, as the reigning champs are fighting for the top spot in the table.
CSKA have been doing pretty well lately, winning six of their last seven games, thus staying in the fight for the top spot in the standings. However, on Friday the reigning champs will have a tough time getting a victory, as they would be visiting a club with which they have a pretty rich history – Panathinaikos Athens.
Panathinaikos Athens vs CSKA Moscow: Head to head stats
For the past 16 years, Panathinaikos Athens and CSKA Moscow have met 28 times and the club from Russia has won 16 of those games.
Panathinaikos are 8-5 at home against CSKA.
In the previous game between the two clubs earlier this season, CSKA won at home with an 81-77 score.
Panathinaikos Athens vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction
The game on Friday between Panathinaikos and CSKA will undoubtedly be a competitive one, as both team are among the best of the best in Europe. Moreover, the two teams have something left to fight to for in the regular season, which will spice up the duel even more.
The two squads have followed a different philosophy this year, as CSKA have relied mostly on their offense to win games, while Panathinaikos have been tight on defense all season long. The reigning champs are the best in the Euroleague when it comes to scoring, as they have averaged 87.5 ppg. Panathinaikos are way behind with 77.1 ppg. However, the Greek club has been superb defensively, allowing opponents to score just 74.8 ppg, compared to 79.1 ppg by CSKA.
Expect a tight game, which will most likely be decided in the end of the fourth quarter, with Panathinaikos coming out victorious.
Panathinaikos Athens vs CSKA Moscow: Tips
- Panathinaikos win @ 2.00