Panathinaikos vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 19 December 2017
Time : 20:15 CET
Panathinaikos almost suffered a heart-attack against Armani Milano last week, but they eventually kept their home record intact, when they won by 80:72. They are the only team in the Euroleague to not have lost at home yet. They were actually outscored by 14:23 in the first quarter, but boosted by their warm home crowd, they managed to overturn the result. KC Rivers scored a game-high 20 points with a whoppping six triples, while Lojeski scored 14, Gist scored 11 with 7 rebounds, and Calathes had 9 points, 12 assists and 4 steals. However, Calathes is now injured and will miss the next 2-3 weeks. That’s a masive blow for Panathinaikos. Even so, they are now sitting at the 4th spot of the Euroleague (W8 L4), scoring an average of 78.66 points per game, against 77.16 conceded.
On the other hand, Maccabi Tel Aviv are coming into this match after a tough loss in Russia, where they were destroyed by 101:86 against CSKA Moscow. They actually fought really hard in that match, but they were really bad in the 2nd quarter (28:14). They were very competitive in each of the other three quarters, but they failed to make a come-back in the match. Norris Cole scored a team-high 24 points with 7 assists, 3 rebounds and 4 steals. Thomas, Cohen and Kane also scored double-digits, but the starters were not in very good form that day. That was just their second loss in their last six matches in all competitions. They have now moved to the 5th spot of the Euroleague (W7 L5), scoring a clean 80 points per match, against 80.16 conceded.
Previous 5 games:
Panathinaikos vs Rethymno Cretan Kings 91:69
Panathinaikos vs Armani Milano 80:72
Aris Salonica vs Panathinaikos 70:88
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Panathinaikos 80:74
Panathinaikos vs Trikala 2000 87:56
CSKA Moscow vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 101:86
Irony Nahariya vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 90:98
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Holon 89:93
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Valencia 94:91
Hapoel Jerusalem vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 71:88
Panathinaikos vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to Head Stats
The two teams were stuck at 67:67 in this venue last season, but Panathinaikos were excellent in the extra time, and eventually won by 83:75. Moreover, they went on to record a much easier win in Israel, where they won by 61:81. Panathinaikos have also been dominant as hosts in this match-up over the years (W8 L4), having lost just once here in the past 5 years.
Panathinaikos vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
Panathinaikos are really unlucky right now, as they will be missing key PG Nick Calathes for the next 2-3 weeks. That will create chances for other players to show what they got, but it really hurts Panathinaikos. Their undefeated streak at home is currently endangered here, and even if they win, it might not be by much.
Panathinaikos vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
Since Panathinaikos will be missing their key play-maker, there is a good chance that they might struggle offensively, so the Under 161.5 points @ 1.73 might be something to look at. Also, Maccabi Tel Aviv can take advantage of the situation, so their +6 @ 1.93 is also something to consider here.