Real Madrid vs Panathinaikos
Competition: Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date: 8 March 2018
Time: 21:00 CET
Real Madrid are coming off a really competitive match against Fenerbahce at home last week, where they were eventually defeated by 83:86. They were actually the better team in the first half, where they were winning by 45:40. However, a bad third quarter pushed them three points behind, and were not able to overturn the deficit. Carroll scored 15 points with a couple of threepointers, Doncic was quiet with 14 points and 4 rebounds, and four other players had at least 9 points. Real Madrid are now sitting at the 5th spot of the Euroleague (W14 L10), scoring an average of 84.66 points per match, while allowing 78.37 in the process. Moreover, Real Madrid will be coming here with their usual absences of Llull, Kuzmic and Thompkins, but they will also be missing Doncic who suffered an injury.
On the other hand, Panathinaikos are coming off yet another Derby of the Eternals against Olympiacos Piraeus, where they eventually lost by 85:87 at home. It was a really passionate match between the two sides, where each one was good for one half. Olympiacos Piraeus were better in the first half, and were up by 34:43 at the end of the second quarter. Panathinaikos made an all-out attack in the final quarter, and after outscoring their opponents by 21:9, they sent the match to overtime. However, they were easily subdued there, suffering their second consecutive loss in the competition. Panathinaikos are now sitting at the 7th spot of the Euroleague (W14 L10), scoring an average of 76.66 points per match, against 76.29 conceded. They will be coming into this match with a crucial absence themselves, as Nikos Pappas suffered an injury and is unavailable.
Previous 5 games:
Real Madrid vs San Pablo Burgos 96:81
Real Madrid vs Fenerbahce 83:86
Barcelona vs Real Madrid 74:101
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 90:92
Tenerife vs Real Madrid 59:77
Promitheas vs Panathinaikos 91:108
Panathinaikos vs Olympiacos Piraeus 85:87
Khimki Moscow vs Panathinaikos 78:61
Panathinaikos vs GSL Faros 103:70
Panathinaikos vs Baskonia 80:76
Real Madrid vs Panathinaikos: Head to Head Stats
Panathinaikos won by a slim 82:80 at home when they hosted Real Madrid earlier in the season, and have now won four of the last six against this opponent. However, they have not been very good in this venue in recent years, having won just one of the last six.
Real Madrid vs Panathinaikos: Prediction
Panathinaikos have not been very good on the road lately, having lost each of their last four matches for the Euroleague. Even though Real Madrid are missing some key players, I believe that they will cover the -4.5 @ 1.75 here.