Panathinaikos vs Anadolu Efes
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 4 January 2018
Time : 20:15 CET
Panathinaikos are coming into this match after suffering a frustrating 67:63 loss on the road against Valencia in their previous match for the Euroleague. It was a pretty balanced match, where the two teams were tied till the start of the fourth quarter. However, Valencia were more stable in the final quarter and forced Panathinaikos to their first loss after five successive wins. Lojeski went off for 17 points, while Denmon chipped in 10 more, with Singleton also posting 9 points and 13 rebounds. Panathinaikos will be looking to forget that win, as they remain at the 3rd spot of the Euroleague (W10 L5). They score an average of 77.66 points per match, while conceding 75.46 in the process.
On the other hand, Anadolu Efes were really troubled by Brose Bamberg in their previous match, but they managed to overturn the result in their favor. Even though they were down by 29:38 in the end of the first half, they scored 40 points in the second half, while conceding just 10 in each quarter, to eventually win by 69:58. Their defense is what won the game, as only one opposing player had double digits. As for Anadolu Efes, Brown exploded for 21 points, while McCollum had 19, Simon had 11 points and 7 rebounds, and Dunston posted a massive 10/13 double double. Despite the win, Anadolu Efes will most likely not going to make the playoffs, as they are still sitting at the penultimate spot of the Euroleague (W4 L11). They score 76.26 points per match, against 80.6 conceded.
Previous 5 games:
Kolossos Rhodes vs Panathinaikos 71:72
Valencia vs Panathinaikos 67:63
Crvena Zvezda vs Panathinaikos 63:69
Panathinaikos vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 89:76
Panathinaikos vs Rethymno Cretan Kings 91:69
Anadolu Efes vs Darusafaka 73:69
Anadolu Efes vs Brose Bamberg 69:58
Anadoly Efes vs Banvit 77:99
Anadolu Efes vs Olympiacos Piraeus 58:61
Khimki Moscow vs Anadolu Efes 86:68
Panathinaikos vs Anadolu Efes: Head to Head Stats
Panathinaikos won by a slim 81:82 in Turkey earlier this season, while both matches last season went to overtime with the same 70:70 score. Each team eventually won at their own home ground. Panathinaikos have been dominant as hosts in this match-up, having won each of the last seven matches against Anadolu Efes (W11 L1).
Panathinaikos vs Anadolu Efes: Prediction
Panathinaikos still don’t have Nick Calathes, and that has somewhat ruined their offensive flow. Even so, they are traditionally strong at home, and the surprise is quite unlikely here.
Panathinaikos vs Anadolu Efes: Betting Tips
Neither team is in very good shape lately, and even though a home win is more than likely, I would rather go with the Under 156.5 points here @ 1.75.
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