In the 24th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, we have a duel between two legendary Greek and European squads, when the defending national champion Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens (14-9), are hosting their arch nemesis Olympiakos Piraeus (16-7) on Friday, March 2nd 2018. The game takes place at the Olympic Sports Center in the city of Athens, Greece.
Date/Time: 03-02-2018, 14:15 EDT
Spread: Panathinaikos -5
Panathinaikos have a 14-9 record so far this season and currently sit on the 7th place of the league table. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Khimki with a 78-61 score. They are led in scoring by Nick Calathes with 13.8 ppg, adding 3.7 rebounds and a team high 8.3 assists per game. He is followed by Mike James with 11 ppg, 4 rebounds and 5 assists per game, while Chris Singelton adds 10 ppg and a team high 5.8 rebounds per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersOlympiakos have a 16-7 record so far this season and are currently tied with Fenerbahce in the second place of the league table. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Valencia with an 80-70 score. They are led in scoring by Vassilis Spanoulis with 11.8 ppg, adding a team high 5.4 assists per game. He is followed by Georgios Printezis with 11.7 ppg, adding a team high 5.5 rebounds, while Nikola Milutinov adds 8.5 ppg and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Panathinaikos have won all three meetings against Olympiakos earlier this season (by 7 points at home and by 3 on the road in the Greek league and by 8 on the road in Euroleague). Panathinaikos are tied with CSKA Moscow for the best home record this season (11-1), while Olympiakos are 6-6 on the road. Panathinaikos are better offensively, scoring 77.4 ppg to Olympiakos’ second-worse of 76.4, while Olympiakos are better defensively, allowing 74.1 ppg to Panathinaikos’ 77. Panathinaikos have better percentages both in 2-pointers (52.7% to 51.4%) and in 3-pointers (37.3% to 34.5%), while Olympiakos are better both in rebounding, grabbing 32.2 to Panathinaikos’ 28 and in assists made, with 16.5 to Panathinaikos’ 16. Panathinaikos have found Olympiakos’ button this season and have been extremely strong at home, so pick them for a home victory by more than 5 points today.
Olympiakos vs Panathinaikos Prediction: Panathinaikos -5 (-109)