Zalgiris Kaunas vs Panathinaikos
Competition : Turkish Airlines Euroleague
Date : 7 December 2017
Time : 19:00 CET
Zalgiris Kaunas failed to be competitive last week against Maccabi Tel Aviv, as they eventually fell by 81:74 in Israel, just like we predicted. They let their opponents do whatever they wanted in the pitch, at least for the first three quarters of the match. Zalgiris Kaunas only made a slight come-back in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough to overturn the result. Milaknis was greaat once again with 19 points and 5 three-pointers, while Pangos and Jankunas also scored in double-digits and provided some peripheral stats. Zalgiris Kaunas are now sitting at the 8th spot of the Euroleague (W5 L5), featuring the 4th best offense with 80.1 points per game, but they concede 81.2 ppg in the process.
On the other hand, Panathinaikos retained their undefeated streak at home last week, when they overcame Unicaja Malaga by 82:71 in Athens. However, the win did not come as easy as the final score suggests, as Panathinaikos were not very good in the first half (32:35). However, they were really strong at the second half, where they easily outscored their opponents, scoring 28 points in the final quarter. James Gist dominated the boards, and the match overall, as he scored a game-high 17 points, with 6 offensive rebounds and 5 defensive. Nick Calathes has also been stunning this season, as he scored 16 points with 12 assists and 2 steals. Rivers, Pappas and Singleton were also really good in their performances. Panathinaikos have been in great shape lately, having won each of their last 8 matches in all competitons. They have climbed to the 4th spot of the Euroleague (W7 L3), with an average of 79.0 ppg, while conceding just 77.4 points.
Previous 5 games:
Pieno vs Zalgiris Kaunas 51:75
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Zalgiris Kaunas 81:74
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Anadolu Efes 91:83
Panevezis vs Zalgiris Kaunas 66:70
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Baskonia 77:97
Panathinaikos vs Trikala 2000 87:56
Panathinaikos vs Unicaja Malaga 82:71
Panathinaikos vs Real Madrid 82:80
G.S. Kimi vs Panathinaikos 73:90
Anadolu Efes vs Panathinaikos 81:82
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Panathinaikos: Head to Head Stats
Panathinaikos have been dominant in this match-up over the years (W18 L5), but the two teams exchanged home wins last season. Panathinaikos won by 84:76 in Athens, before falling by 64:58 in this venue. Moreover, Panathinaikos have had the upper hand as visitors against Zalgiris Kaunas (W7 L4), but have lost in three of their last four trips here.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Panathinaikos: Prediction
Zalgiris Kaunas have won just two of their four home matches in the Euroleague so far, winning by 2 and 8 points against Crvena Zvezda and Anadolu Efes respectively. However, they have suffered bad, 20+ point losses to Baskonia and Real Madrid. Panathinaikos are really strong at home, but they have been mediocre on the road. This is going to be a low scoring match between the two, and it is probably going to be very close.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Panathinaikos: Betting Tips
I will gladly take the Under 158.5 here @ 1.70, as neither team has scored a lot of points so far in the season, and I expect a low-scoring match. Moreover, the Under 158.5 has been confirmed in eight of the ten matches between the two teams in this venue over the years.