Zalgiris Kaunas vs Panathinaikos Athens
Date: 09th March 2017
Kick-off: 20:00 CET
On Thursday night, Zalgiris Kaunas will host Panathinaikos Athens, as they try to keep their slim playoff chances alive.
Zalgiris were defeated by Fenerbahce in the previous round, thus moving further away from the eighth place in the Euroleague standings. The team from Lithuania currently owns a 10-14 record and despite that it looks almost impossible for them to move up in the table, they will definitely give their best to do so. They have won four of their last six games. However, on Thursday they will meet Panathinaikos, which means they will have a pretty hard time getting the victory.
Panathinaikos have been playing quite decent recently, as they have won four of their last six games. The club from Athens suffered a defeat from Darussafaka Dogus in the previous round, but they were still able to maintain their fifth place in the standings. However, Panathinaikos will have a pretty good chances of bouncing back from that loss, as they will visit Zalgiris on Thursday.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Panathinaikos Athens: Head to head stats
For the past 16 years, Zalgiris Kaunas and Panathinaikos Athens have met 17 times and the Greek club has won 15 of those games.
Zalgiris are 2-6 at home against Panathinaikos.
In the previous game between the two teams earlier this season, Panathinaikos won with an 84-76 score.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Panathinaikos Athens: Prediction
The game between Zalgiris and Panathinaikos on Thursday will without a doubt be pretty interesting, as both clubs have a lot to play for – the hosts to maintain their playoff chances, while the visitors to stay where they are or even move up a place.
Offensively, both squads have performed quite similarly during the season – Zalgiris have averaged 78.1 ppg, while Panathinaikos 77.8. Defensively though is the place where the teams differ significantly. The Lithuanians have allowed 80.5 ppg, which is quite decent, but Panathinaikos have been among the best defensive squads, as they allow just 76.0 ppg.
Panathinaikos are definitely the team with more talent on its roster, but Zalgiris will be playing in front of their home crowd. Thus, the Lithuanians are more likely to grab the victory and if they do, it will be with a pretty small margin.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Panathinaikos Athens: Tips
- Zalgiris win @ 2.00