In the 20th round of action the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball, we have a battle between two squads with identical records when the Greek champions Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens (12-7) are hosting the Lithuanian champions of Zaligiris Kaunas (12-7) on Thursday, January 25th 2018. The game takes place at the Olympic Sports Center in the city of Athens, Greece.
Date/Time: 01-25-2018, 14:15 EDT
Spread: Panathinaikos -6.5
Panathinaikos have a 12-7 record so far this season and currently sit on the 5th place of the league table. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against CSKA Moscow with a 70-75 score. They are led in scoring by Nick Calathes with 13.9 ppg, adding a team high 8.4 assists per game. He is followed by Nikos Pappas with 10.4 ppg, while James Gist adds 10 ppg and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Zalgiris have a 12-7 record as well so far this season and currently sit on the 6th place of the league table. In their last game they won at home against Valencia with an 86-82 score. They are led in scoring by Paulius Jankunas with 12.5 ppg, adding a team high 5.2 rebounds per game. He is followed by Kevin Pangos with 12.4 ppg and a team high 6.1 assists per game, Aaron White adds 9.4 ppg and 4.4 rebounds per game.
In their previous matchup on the first round, Zalgiris won at home with an 80-74 score. Panathinaikos are 9-1 at home so far this season, while Zalgiris are 5-5 on the road. Zalgiris are better offensively, scoring 80.7 ppg to Panathinaikos’ 77.4, while Panathinaikos are better defensively, allowing 75.2 ppg to Zalgiris’ 80.5. Zalgiris have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with a second-best of 50.3% to Panathinaikos’ 47.2% and in 3-pointers, shooting with a third-best of 40.2% to Panathinaikos’ 38.3%. They are also better in rebounding, grabbing 30.1 to Panathinaikos’ 28.4 and in assists made, with 19.3 to Panathinaikos’ 16.2, while Panathinaikos are better in turnovers committed (11.4 to 12.6). Panathinaikos are one of the strongest home teams in the league and have lost only against CSKA Moscow. Zalgiris aren’t strong enough to threaten them so pick Panathinaikos for a win by more than 7 points today.
Zalgiris Kaunas vs Panathinaikos Prediction: Panathinaikos -6.5 (-113)