Panathinaikos vs Fenerbahce
Panathinaikos was the boss to the game at Istanbul last week, and something like that we will see tonight too. Obradovic’s team went great on the court and stopped Fener at all lines and got the victory very easily with the final score of 56-77 to be representative of the image of the two teams on court. In the Greek league, Panathinaikos had a day off and is quite comfortable now. With a 14-1 record, followed by Olympiacos, they have a very important game at Sunday too, against Olympiacos. Obradovic said that tonight’s match is very important for both teams. He asked his players to forget the difference of the first game of 21 points, and see this game as a new separate case. Obradovic knows how to keep his players alerted and wants to see his team to win easy and not have any nasty surprises. Steven Smith is the only absence for Panathinaikos, as the American forward injured last week, and probably loses also the derby against Olympiacos.
Fenerbahce coming from a big win over Antalya for the Turkish league with the score of 105-89, and they are now at third place to the league standings. However, the five defeats in a total of 17 league games played are a lot for the champions. Spahija trying to raise the morale of his players and asked for a win. He stressed that after the heavy defeat of the first game, it is hard to convince his players that they can win in Athens and he accepted that Panathinaikos is totally better team. He asked from his players to try and eliminate any stress and give their best in the court. The climate in Fener is not the best as the team performs with much lower quality basketball than expected. An important problem for Fener is the absence of Croatian forward Mark Thomas, who faces injury problems again and will not be able to compete.
Panathinaikos has a great chance to accept the gift from Milano who won against Unics, and they will win easily tonight against Fener, in order to stay alive in the hunt for first position in their group. The class difference between the two teams is visible, plus that Panathinaikos has the big advantage of home ground.
Bet: Panathinaikos -10.5 points @1.91 with William Hill