PREDICTION FOR Panathinaikos – Barcelona :
– Barcelona win 1.79
Panathinaikos – Barcelona / Euroleague – The former champions of the Euroleague, Panathinaikos and Barcelona, open the 17th round of the Euroleague. PAO are in third place with a score of 11-5, while Barcelona occupy the 12th position in the table with 6-10 and currently share two wins from the playoff position. Last year, they did not make it to the playoff. Barcelona are leading in joint matches of these two teams in 20-11, and in each of the last eight seasons they have met each other and even played 23 matches in which Barca has scored 16 wins.
Panathinaikos is currently better placed but has not been particularly successful against Barcelona in recent seasons. In the last two home matches, they recorded victories, but before that received four defeats. They were also defeated in the Match for the 3rd place in the F4 tournament in Istanbul in 2012, which was also the last final tournament in which they participated. Encouraging is the fact that they have not been defeated at home this season and have all won eight wins. In the last round they beat Anadolu Efes (90:79).
The best was the recovering Calathes, who scored 17 points, nine assists and three rebounds after failing in three matches. He is the best in the team with 13.8 points and eight assists and is followed by Rivers and Gist with 10.3 points each. In the national championship they have defeated Koroivos in the last round and continue to be leaders with 11-0. Only by a miracle they could not start from the leading position in the playoff, as Olympiacos and Lavrio each have three victories behind.
Barcelona stopped the series of five defeats in the Euroleague with an away win at Khimky and that they are good against Russian teams, they also confirmed in the last round with the 85:72 home win over leaders CSKA. Heurtel was the best with 12 points and eight assists and the most efficient was Koponen with 13. Pressey and Serphin, who was the best in the 98:71 win in the first match of the season against PAO with 24 points, did not come up well. Seraphin is the best in the team with 12.1 points and 4.9 rebounds, while Heurtel scores 9.7 points and 6.7 assists.
Seraphin was also absent in the final round of the Spanish Endesa Liga, where they recorded an 89:82 away win against Betis, holding the second place with a record 11-4 and three wins behind the leading Real. Vezenkov with 17 points and Heurtel with 14 points and eight assists were the best against Betis. Barcelona is the third best attack in the Euroleague with 81 points (receiving 78.5 points) while PAO scores 78.4 points (conceding 75.5 points). Barcelona are in a series of five straight wins in both competitions and have better rebounds than PAO (36.5-31.9), as well as assists (21.4-16.1) and efficiency (92.2-83 ,1).