Panathinaikos vs Barcelona
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 11 January 2018
Time : 20:00 CET
Panathinaikos were really good against Anadolu Efes last week, whom they easily overcame by 90:79 at home. They were alreayd up bu 47:33 at the end of the first half, but the two teams really hit it off in the second. Even so, Panathinaikos managed to hold on to their lead, as they recorded a comfortable win. Nick Calathes returned with a bang, as he scored a team-high 17 points with 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 triples and 3 steals. Pappas was also very good with 16 points, 3 assists and 4 triples, while five more players scored between six and nine points. Panathinaikos are still sitting at the 3rd spot of the Euroleague (W11 L5), scoring an average of 78.43 points per match, against 75.68 conceded.
On the other hand, Barcelona are coming into this match after recording a really strong win against CSKA Moscow last week. They were excellent on the offensive end, and they took advantage of their opponents’ bad shooting to eventually win by 85:72 at home. It was a beautiful team effort by Barcelona, who had five players with double digits, while all ten players who participated had at least five points each, along with peripheral stats. After losing six matches in a row in all competitions, Barcelona are now on a five-match winning streak. Even so, they are currently sitting at the 12th spot of the Euroleague (W6 L10), with an average of 81 points per match, against 78.5 conceded.
Previous 5 games:
Panathinaikos vs Koroivos Amaliada 92:57
Panathinaikos vs Anadolu Efes 90:79
Kolossos Rhodes vs Panathinaikos 71:72
Valencia vs Panathinaikos 67:63
Crvena Zvezda vs Panathinaikos 63:69
Real Betis vs Barcelona 82:89
Barcelona vs CSKA Moscow 85:72
Gipuzkoa vs Barcelona 77:101
Barcelona vs Fuenlabrada 101:74
Khimki Moscow vs Barcelona 65:79
Panathinaikos vs Barcelona: Head to Head Stats
Barcelona actually destroyed Panathinaikos when the two met at October 13th, when they easily won by 98:71 at home. However, the two teams have exchanged home wins in each of the previous two seasons. Panathinaikos have won each of the last two against Barcelona at home, but prior to that they had four consecutive losses.
Panathinaikos vs Barcelona: Prediction
Panathinaikos will look to get revenge on the tough loss in the first round, but Barcelona have been in really good shape lately. However, Panathinaikos are traditionally strong at home, and they should be able to win one way or the other.
Panathinaikos vs Barcelona: Betting Tips
I will take the safe option of the -3.5 points for the home team here (@1.75), as I expect Panathinaikos to be really competitive in this match. They know just how to deal with matches like this.
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