In the 18th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, the defending champions both of Euroleague and of Turkey Fenerbahce (11-6), are hosting the Greek champions Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens (12-5) on Wednesday, January 17th 2018. The game takes place at the Fuente De San Luis Arena in the city of Valencia, Spain.
Date/Time: 01-17-2018, 12:45 EDT
Spread: Fenerbahce -5
Fenerbahce have a 11-6 record so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the league table. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against Valencia with a 67-80 score. They are led in scoring by Jan Vesely with 13.8 ppg, adding 4.8 rebounds. He is followed by Brad Wanamaker with 13 ppg and 3.9 assists per game, while Gigi Datome adds 11.1 ppg and 3.9 rpg and Kostas Sloukas with 10.1 ppg and a team high 5.7 assists per game.
Panathinaikos have a 12-5 record so far this season and currently sit on the second place of the league table. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against Barcelona with an 84-75 score. They are led in scoring by Nick Calathes with 14.1 ppg, adding a team high 8.3 assists per game. He is followed by James Gist with 10.7 ppg and 4.7 rebounds per game, while Nikos Pappas adds 10.3 ppg.
In their previous matchup on the first round, Panathinaikos won a close game at home with a 70-68 score. Fenerbahce are 5-3 at home so far this season, while Panathinaikos are 3-5 on the road. Fenerbahce are better both offensively, scoring 80.1 ppg to Panathinaikos’ 78.8 and defensively, allowing 73.6 ppg to Panathinaikos’ 75.6. Fenerbahce also have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 48.7% to Panathinaikos’ 48.1% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 41.4% to Panathinaikos’ 39.9%. They are also better in rebounding, grabbing 29 to Panathinaikos’ 27.9, in assists made, with 19 to Panathinaikos’ 16.2 and in turnovers committed (11.1 to 11.8). Fenerbahce are better than Panathinaikos all across the stat table and the home court advantage will be a major factor in this game. Pick Fenerbahce for a home victory by more than 5 points today.
Panathinaikos vs Fenerbahce Prediction: Fenerbahce -5 (-107)