In the 17th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, the Greek champions of Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens (11-5), are hosting the Spanish powerhouse of FC Barcelona Lassa (6-10) on Thursday, January 11th 2018. The game takes place at the Olympic Sports Center in the city of Athens, Greece.
Date/Time: 01-11-2018, 14:00 EDT
Spread: Panathinaikos -4.5
Panathinaikos have a 11-5 record so far this season and currently sit on the third place of the league table. In their last game they bounced back after the loss in Valencia by winning at home against Anadolu Efes with a 90-79 score. They are led in scoring by Nick Calathes with 13.8 ppg, adding a team high 8 assists per game. He is followed by James Gist and KC Rivers with 10.3 ppg apiece, with Gist adding 4.6 rebounds per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersBarcelona have a 6-10 record so far this season and currently sit on the 12th place of the league table. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against CSKA Moscow with an 85-72 score. They are led in scoring by Kevin Seraphin with 12.1 ppg, adding a team high 4.9 rebounds. He is followed by Thomas Heurtel with 9.7 ppg and a team high 6.8 assists per game, while Rakim Sanders adds 9.1 ppg.
In their previous matchup on the first round, Barcelona won easily at home by 27 points on a 98-71 score. Panathinaikos are the only undefeated team at home so far this season with 8-0, while Barcelona are the worse road team with 1-6. Barcelona are better offensively, scoring a third-best 81 ppg to Panathinaikos’ 78.4, while Panathinaikos are better defensively, allowing 75.7 ppg to Barcelona’s 78.5. Panathinaikos have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 41.1% to Barcelona’s 37.3%, while both teams have exactly the same field goal percentage, shooting with 47.8%. Barcelona are better both in rebounding, grabbing 33.2 to Panathinaikos’ 28.2 and in assists made, with 21.4 to Panathinaikos’ 16.1, while both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (11.9 and 12). Panathinaikos are extremely strong at home and expect them to overcome a weak on the road Barcelona and win by more than 5 points today.
Prediction: Panathinaikos -4.5 (-111)