Real Madrid vs Panathinaikos (By: Clinch)
Gran Canaria and Barcelona lost by larger spread so why not Panathinaikos. I expect Real Madrid again around 90 points and I doubt Panathinaikos will score 76 points. They don't score much at home and when on the road they have black periods where they don't score for 5 minutes. They had it against Khimki...in that game they were at 46 points at HT and ended on 69 points FT. The problem with Pao is that their main guys in the paint, Lasme and Gist don't contribute much, scoring around 15 points both. Calathes is huge ball waster, Lojeski who I dig is rarely on top level and only Langford explodes from time to time with 20+ points.
Real Madrid lost in their last ACB game but all EL teams except Gran Canaria lost their games, I think they were all saving themselves for EL. On other hand Panathinaikos won 83:93 against their rivals PAOK which are level below basketball than EL.
Panathinaikos didn't manage to reach 80 points in any of their EL games, the most they scored was 79 against Bayern and 77 against Baskonia. And if this game goes anything similar to the game Real-Barcelona then it could end very similar. I really doubt Pao will end better since Real Madrid pace and kind of wild play doesn't fit them at all. Pao should have a really great night, with almost no mistakes done to threaten Real so I see this spread be covered by Real Madrid as 80% chance.
The result I can see in this game is 91:71.
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Real Madrid vs Panathinaikos prediction
|Real Madrid -10||Pinnacle||1.93||7||89-68 WON (+6.51 units)|