Zalgiris vs Panathinaikos (By: Miyagi)

Zalgiris comes from back to back wins in domestic games but it's not certain that they got over their slump. They have lost their last 4 Euroleague games and they scored above 66 points just once in those 4 games while they average just about 78 points per game at home so far, which is the worst in the league.

Panathinaikos was not bad against Barcelona in their last game but once again they paid the price for failing to control the boards as Barcelona had more offensive rebounds (15) than Panathinaikos' defensive (12)! That was the last straw, so, they signed big, athletic C Payne to help in the front line and he will be available today. They also signed ex-NBAer Sean Kilpatrick who did some great things in his debut against Kymi as he finished the game with 20p (3-4 3P) and 3 assists in 23 minutes!

Panathinaikos will have Kilpatrick and Payne as well as one of their best defenders, Antetokunmpo(back from injury), available for this game.

Panathinaikos has played some great defense with Pitino, very energized, with constant pressure on the ball and things will get better the longer he works with the team, while they have also improved offensively, with constant movement, spacing, and much better efficiency from beyond the arc which was their main weakness. This is an extremely important game for both sides in the race for places 7-8 and a playoff ticket. Panathinaikos seems to get better game after game, while, on the other side, that is not the case for Zalgiris which seems to be in crisis. A few days ago I wouldn't even consider that but with Zalgiris' recent terrible display offensively and Panathinaikos with a proper Center (Payne) and a great scorer (Kilpatrick) there is a twist here and Panathinaikos might as well be the favorite in this game.

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Zalgiris vs Panathinaikos predictions

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Panathinaikos ML Bet365 2.20 8 82-69 LOST (-8 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
Zalgiris vs Panathinaikos betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).
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Comments (5)
Khum
Yeah!
I found a 9.5 line on Wolters and I'll stay with that for the game, yet I believe Kilptrik will prove a great addition for Panata and your bet holds good value.
01/18/2019 - 17:42
Dimitar
Wolters 9.5 line over or under?
01/18/2019 - 17:51
Miyagi
Kilpatrick's line is at 12.5p in my bookie, promising!
I really don't know about Wolters or his playing time etc. What I know is that Davies is Zalgiris' Harden at the moment.
01/18/2019 - 18:30
Khum
@Myiagi
12.5 sounds good, yes.
Wolters played decent time with almost triple double in the internal league a few days ago, so he should come back to his usual self.

@Dimitar
over
01/18/2019 - 18:50
Khum
18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, to be more precisely, in the game vs Lietkabelis.
Top opponent in Lithuania, not at Euroleague level, yet hețs proving healthy and heading up in shape.
01/18/2019 - 18:55
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