Real Madrid vs Panathinaikos
Calathes is not having a great season so far but he is Panathinaikos' leader and his performances are of great importance for his team. He is the second best scorer for his team with 9.3ppg in EL and the first, by far, in both 2P (7.2) and 3P (4.4) attempts per game.
Real's opponents score the vast majority of their points from guard positions, which makes sense given their strength and depth in the front line. Given Panathinaikos struggle to feed their big guys consistently and general struggle in set plays, their guards will, yet for another time, have to take matters into their own hands with individual efforts and long-range shots and it comes down to Calathes and Langford.
*Langford also is a solid option offensively but his defense is not at the required level (Panathinaikos will need great D today) and with coach Pasqual's rash decisions, he might find himself in the bench for good.
*The small-sized PG Lekavicius, Calathes backup, has never stayed on the court for more than 6 minutes in his meetings (3) with Real as Panathinaikos player, which results in more playing time for Calathes.
Calathes has scored double-digit points in 7 of his last 8 meetings with Real and has always been amongst the most efficient players for Panathinaikos in those meetings.
Real Madrid vs Panathinaikos prediction
|Calathes Over 10.5 Points||Bet365||1.83||8||Won WON (+6.64 units)|