Two teams with almost identical records both sitting within the playoff spots of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball are clashing in the 23rd round of action, when the Greek champions Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens (14-8) are visiting the Russian Khimki Moscow Region (13-9) on Friday, February 23rd 2018. The game takes place at the Krylatskoe Sports Palace in the city of Moscow, Russia.
Date/Time: 02-23-2018, 12:00 EDT
Spread: Khimki M. -1.5
Khimki are 13-9 so far in the league and are sitting on the 7th place of the league table. They are 4-1 in their last 5 and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Zalgiris on the road with a 74-84 score. Alexey Shved leads the team in scoring with 22 ppg, adding a team-best 4.5 dimes per game. Thomas Robinson follows with 11.4 ppg and a team-best 7.8 boards per game, while James Anderson adds 10.2 ppg and 3.2 boards.
Top Basketball BookmakersPanathinaikos are 14-8 so far in the league and are sitting on the 4th place of the league table. They are 2-1 in their last 3 and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Baskonia at home with an 80-76 score. Nick Calathes leads the team in scoring with 14.5 ppg, adding a team-best 8.5 dimes per game. Nikos Pappas follows with 10.3 ppg, while James Gist adds 10 ppg and 4.5 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Panathinaikos were victorious at home with a 93-65 score. Khimki have an 8-3 home record this season, while Panathinaikos are the third worse team on the road with a 3-7 record. Panathinaikos have both a better offense with 78.1 ppg to Khimki’s 77.6 and a better defense, allowing 76.9 ppg to Khimki’s 77.5. They also have better accuracy both from inside the arc with 53.3% to Khimki’s 51.8% and from behind the arc with 37.8% to Khimki’s 35.8%. Khimki on the other hand grab more rebounds, with 29.8 to Panathinaikos’ 28 and dish more assists, with 17.8 to Panathinaikos’ 16.1. Khimki are very hot right now and Panathinaikos have been weak on the road the whole season, so pick Khimki for the home win by more than 2 points today.
Panathinaikos vs Khimki M. Prediction: Khimki M. -1.5 (-113)