Real Madrid vs Panathinaikos playing on Monday (24/2)
It is a classic EuroLeague clash in rare Monday action with 10-time EuroLeague champion Real Madrid welcoming six-time winner Panathinaikos OPAP Athens. Real has won the last nine games between these two teams and knows a win in this and some help later int he week could clinch it a place in the EuroLeague Playoffs. The Greens, on the other hand, will try to put an end to a streak of losing three of their last four games – and five of their last six road games.
The… Real domination
Earlier this season in Round 16, Real beat Panathinaikos 75-87 in the Greek capital behind 22 points from Anthony Randolph and 14 points plus 14 rebounds from Walter Tavares. That marked the ninth consecutive win for Real against Panathinaikos. The two teams have met in the EuroLeague Playoffs in each of the last two seasons with Real winning 3-1 in 2018 and sweeping the series last season.
With the EuroLeague’s top-scoring offense coming to town, Real will need to focus on its defense. Panathinaikos is averaging a league-best 88.7 points per game, but over the past five weeks, Los Blancos have managed to hold CSKA to 60 points and Efes and Maccabi to a respectable 80 or below, while Fenerbahce was allowed just 65 last week. To grab control of things against Panathinaikos, Real will need to control the paint and deliver a similar defensive effort.
The Greens have struggled with rebounding the entire season, especially on the defensive glass where they allow a EuroLeague-high 12.4 offensive rebounds per game. It will be a must for Panathinaikos to protect its glass for a full 40 minutes. It would not only prevent Real from second and third possessions, but would give the Greens more chances to run in transition and it is hard to find a team that does it better than Panathinaikos.
The prediction on Real v Panathinaikos
Tip: 2 (+9.5) at 2.00 with bet365
(Price correct at 24/02/2020, 10:10 CET, subject to change)
News Source: Euroleague.net
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