Panathinaikos vs Khimki by Demogorgon
Panahtianikos managed to record their first win on the roa in Euroleague this season, 62-70 to their fierce rivals Olympiacos and that was a much needed resultin order to boost their morale and settle things a bit, as there was dissapointment inside the team after the embarassing elimination in the Greek cup against much weaker AEK. Things are definitely better now, but today's match is far from easy for the hosts! They face a team that is doing great at the moment while Panathinaikos has many weaknesses, though home court advantage is a huge factor!!
Khimki on the other hand has been a very dominant and well functioning team in the hands of coach Bartzokas so far! They have the best sg in Europe, Shved, along with two powerful players in center position and a great bench, so it was no surprise that they managed to win against Real Madrid on the road and they have been great so far in Euroleague. Things are going to be tough for them in this one, as they are a team taht is struggling when they have to play in hot arenas, so i would not trust them, even though they are a better team than Panathinaikos.
I expect this match to have a very high tempo and many points scored for both sides and probably Panathinaikos will opt to play at even higher tempo as they are very weak in set plays against Khimki's strength inside the paint. So, i will have a bet on the over, but also in Pappas points! Pappas is the man that takes over whne things get tough for his side and he has been great in his role so far! He scored 20p against Barca, 24 against Fener and 22 against Baskonia! Today he will have to help his team a lor, as i expect Calathes to have trouble with fouls once more (facing Markovic) while Gist and Singleton will also have hard tasks defensively and i dont expect them to be very efficient in offense. So Pappas will have to cary his team offensively and he has proven to be more than capable, so at this extremely small line of 10,5p i have no hesitation at all.
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|Nikos Pappas - Points - Over 10,5||Bet365||2.10||9||3 LOST (-9 units)|