Laboral Kutxa vs Panathinaikos by Demogorgon
Baskonia started the season very poor and they have been even worse in Euroleague so far, but the draw was not the best they could get, with games against Maccabi and Olympiacos on the road and red hot Valencia at home! As a result of this poor start, Baskonia fired coach Prigioni (players really liked him) and appointed Pedro Martinez. Still no luck as on his debut, they suffered another dissapointing/ surprising loss to Zaragoza at home (73-78). Things are starting to get serious for their side and they need to bounce back asap, starting from this match.
A key factor is that they lost some important players, like their leader S.Larkin(NBA), Hanga and Budinger but they added some quality players too, like Timma(Zenit) who was great in EuroBasket, Huertas(Lakers), Granger(Efes). Now, they all need some time to blend in and i think that sooner tahn later, Baskonia will find its way.
Panathinaikos on the other hand might be in slightly better form but they have been far from impressive in Euroleague. They also had a bad draw and a tough schedule, though they have weaknesses that have nothing to do with morale! They have been embarrassed in all away games for Euroleague so far! but that is a common thing for them, as they had one of the worst away records (amongst the top 8 teams) last season.
Now, Panathinaikos is the team i support! but i do not have the best opinion for coach Pascual! as he has never lived up to expectations, at least in Euroleague! At crucial moments during the match and especialy in late game situations he has been owned constantly by his opposing coaches. Of course he is not the only reason, as the team has huge, huge issues at center position and even though it might not seem so important, let me tell you that almost 50% of points(allowed) so far came from the paint or forced fouls (inside the paint) that lead to free throws! I have to point that out, expecially in this game, as Baskonia has great forwards, like Beaubois and Timma while they also have Shengelia who is going to play at center and he is going to have a very easy afternoon here!!
Knowing how poor Panathinaikos has been on the road, how important this match is for the hosts and the fact that Panathianiko's weaknesses are Bakonia's strengths, i think that the hosts will win this one easily and i will take the alternative handicap to add more value
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|Baskonia -3,5 (Alternative Point Spread)||Bet365||2.55||9||85-84 LOST (-9 units)|