Euroleague Basketball Picks
In the 5th round of Euroleague Basketball, two teams that are coming off two straights defeats are clashing. The Greek Champions Panathinaikos (1-2), are hosting the Turkish Fenerbahce (2-2). The former are coming off a huge effort and eventually lost in Barcelona in overtime, while the latter are coming off a shocking home defeat by Bayern Munich.
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Date/Time: 10-22-2020, 14:00 EDT
Spread: Panathinaikos +5 Total: +157
Panathinaikos have a 1-2 record and are tied with Crvena Zvezda in the 11th place of the league. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against Barcelona in overtime, 97-89. They were a 9.5-point underdog and managed to beat the odds.
Marcus Foster leads the team in scoring with 16.3 ppg while shooting with 54.5% from the field and 50% from behind the arc.
Fenerbahce have a 2-2 record and are tied with two more teams in the 8th place. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home by Bayern, 71-75. They were a 7-point favorite but failed to cover the spread.
Nando De Colo leads the team both in scoring with 17.8 ppg and in assists made with 4.8 per. He also adds 4.8 rebounds per game.
In their only meeting last season, Panathinaikos won at home, 81-78.
They also lead Fenerbahce 15-13 all-time in Euroleague.
Panathinaikos are 0-1 at home (10-5 last season), while Fener are 1-0 on the road (6-8 last season).
Panathinaikos has the third-best offense in the league (79.3 to 76.3 ppg), while Fenerbahce has the third-best defense (71.8 to 83.7).
Fener has better percentages both in field goals (45.7% to 42.1%) and in 3-pointers (41.2% to 29.4%). Panathinaikos is second-worse in both of those categories.
They are also better in assists made (17.5 to 15).
On the other hand, Panathinaikos leads the league in rebounding with 33.7 to 32.5 to Fener’s second-best of 24.2 and commits fewer turnovers (12.7 to 15.8).
Bookmakers give Fener a -5 spread and expect them to beat the odds.
This will be their 5th game in 11 days and Panathinaikos’ second, but they will be playing without their captain, leader and best player Ioannis Papapetrou.
Fenerbahce vs Panathinaikos Prediction: Fenerbahce -5 (-110)
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