Maccabi vs Panathinaikos (By: Khum)
Maccabi Tel Aviv - Panathinaikos Athens
It's a hard game to bet for me, but on the better side of hard: I have 3 bets I like here and I find it difficult if I have to chose the best. So I'll bet all 3 of them.
Maccabi has grown a lot gamewise since they changed the coach and they are doing better in terms of ranking as well. They are scoring lots of points to good defensive teams as Barcelona (99) and Real Madrid (79). In their last home games they recorded 99, 91, 81, and 94 points.
The Israeli team won their last 4 home games by 16, 5, 2 and 16 point differentials.
Panathinaikos has a new coach as well, in Rick Pitino, but they are yet to see significant changes in terms of winning, at least on the road. They lost all their 3 road games since he came, at 13, 11 and 14 point differentials.
Coach Pitino said to Nova Sports before this game: “Well, they are playing their best basketball this season. They blew out Barcelona, they were up by 30 points. They beat CSKA in Moscow. So they are playing great basketball right now. Maybe the best basketball in EuroLeague,”
Panathinaikos is currently the 2nd worst 3 point shooting team in Euroleague (30.87%), better only than Darussafaka. “We are getting better defensively. But the one problem we have – it’s our biggest problem – is that we don’t shoot the ball great. That’s not going to go away until personnel changes,” Pitino said.
All these being said I expect Maccabi to win ATS, to score more than 22 points and a significant share of those points to be scored by Scottie Willbekin.
Maccabi -5 @ 2030
Maccabi over 82 @ 1.961
Wilbekin over 13.5 @ 1.85
Let's go green!
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Maccabi vs Panathinaikos predictions
|Maccabi to score over 82 points in the game||Pinnacle||1.96||9||84-75 WON (+8.64 units)|
Maccabi vs Panathinaikos betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Khum).