Date/Time: 11-21-2018, 14:00 EDT
Spread: Panathinaikos -4.5
In the 8th round of the Euroleague Basketball, two teams with almost identical records sitting within the top-8 are clashing, when the Greek champions Panathinaikos (4-3) are hosting the red-hot FC Barcelona Lassa (5-2), who are looking to extend their lengthy winning streak. The game takes place at the Olympic Sports Center in the city of Athens, Greece on Wednesday, November 21st 2018.
Barcelona have a 5-2 record so far this season and are currently tied with two more teams in the 4th place of the league. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against Zalgiris Kaunas with an 85-88 score in overtime. Panathinaikos have a 4-3 record so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the league. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Anadolu Efes with a 78-62 score.
Top Basketball BookmakersBarcelona are led in scoring by Ante Tomic with 14.4 ppg, adding a team high 5.3 rebounds per game. He is followed by Kyle Kuric with 11.6 ppg, while Chris Singelton adds 11.4 ppg and 5 rebounds per game. Panathinaikos are led in scoring by Nick Calathes with 11.1 ppg, adding 3.3 rebounds and a team-best 8.6 assists per game. He is followed by Matt Lojeski with 9.4 ppg, while DeShawn Thomas adds 9.1 ppg and 4.4 rebounds per game.
In their two meetings last season each team won at home (Barcelona by 27 points and Panathinaikos by 9). Panathinaikos have a 3-1 home record so far, while Barcelona are 3-2 on the road. Panathinaikos are better offensively, scoring 82.7 ppg to Barcelona’s 81.7, while Barcelona are better defensively, allowing 78.4 ppg to Panathinaikos’ 80.4. Panathinaikos have a better field goal percentage (48%% to 46.1%), while Barcelona have a better 3-point percentage (36.3% to 30.2%). Barcelona are better both in boards grabbed (32.7 to 28.9) and in dimes made (18.3 to 17.3), while Panathinaikos are better in turnovers committed (11 to 12.1). Barcelona have been extremely hot lately and expect them to force a close game in Athens or even get away with the road win today.
Barcelona vs Panathinaikos Prediction: Barcelona +4.5 (-114)