In the 29th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, two teams with opposite fates regarding the upcoming playoffs are clashing, when the Greek champions and already qualified Panathinaikos (17-11), are hosting the Spanish champions and already eliminated Valencia (11-17) on Friday, March 30th 2018. The game takes place at the Olympic Sports Center in the city of Athens, Greece.
Date/Time: 03-30-2018, 14:15 EDT
Spread: Panathinaikos -7.5
Panathinaikos have a 17-11 record so far this season and are tied with Real Madrid in the 4th place of the league table. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against Maccabi Tel Aviv with a 75-76 score. They are led in scoring by Mike James with 14.8 ppg, adding 3.8 assists per game. He is followed by Nick Calathes with 14 ppg, adding 3.9 rebounds and a team high 8.2 assists per game, while Chris Singleton adds 10.2 ppg and 5.9 rebounds per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersValencia have a 11-17 record so far this season and are currently tied with two more teams in the 10th place of the league table. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against Olimpia Milan with an 89-93 score. They are led in scoring by Erick Green with 14.9 ppg, while Boban Dubljevic follows with 10.6 ppg and a 5 rebounds per game. Tibor Pleiss adds 10.3 ppg and a team high 5.2 rebounds per game.
In their previous meeting in the first round, Valencia won at home with a 67-63 score. Panathinaikos are 12-2 at home so far this season (tied for second-best), while Valencia are 3-11 on the road. Valencia are better offensively, scoring 79.2 ppg to Panathinaikos’ 78.5, while Panathinaikos are better defensively, allowing a third-best of 77.6 ppg to Valencia’s 81.8. Valencia have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 40.1% to Panathinaikos’ 35.4%, while both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (46.4% and 46.3%). Valencia are better in assists made, with 17.6 to Panathinaikos’ 16.4), while Panathinaikos are better in rebounding, grabbing 29.2 to Valencia’s 28.2. Panathinaikos are the absolute favorite and the only team with incentive today, so expect them to beat Valencia at home by more than 8 points and get a much-needed for a better placement victory.
Valencia vs Panathinaikos Prediction: Panathinaikos -7.5 (-112)