Euroleague Basketball Picks
Two teams sitting on the bottom-five places are clashing in this filler round of Euroleague Basketball. The French Champions Lyon-Villeurbanne (2-6), are hosting the Greek Champions Panathinaikos (3-6). Both teams are coming off single victories that ended their previous losing skids and want to continue on the winning ways today.
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Date/Time: 12-01-2020, 14:45 EDT
Spread: Lyon-Villeurbanne 0 Total: +152.5
Lyon have a 2-6 record and are sitting in the second to last place. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak. They won Barcelona at home, 80-68. They were a 11-point underdog but managed to cover the spread easily.
Moustapha Fall leads the team both in scoring with 12.3 ppg and in rebounding with 6.5 per game.
Panathinaikos have a 3-6 record and are tied with Alba Berlin in the 14th place. In their last game they snapped a four-game losing streak by winning Bayern at home, 83-76. They were a 2-point underdog and successfully beat the odds.
Nemanja Nedovic leads the team in scoring with 14.4 ppg, adding 3.8 assists per game.
In their two meetings last season, each team won once at home.
Panathinaikos by 12 points and Lyon by one.
Lyon are 1-3 at home, while Panathinaikos are 1-3 on the road.
Lyon have the worse offense in the league (71 to 79.4 ppg), while Panathinaikos have the third-worse defense (84.2 to 77.5 ppg).
Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (45.7% to 45.2%), while Panathinaikos have a better 3-point percentage (36.3% to 30.8%).
Panathinaikos are better both in rebounding (31.1 to 29.8) and in turnovers committed (11.8 to 14.8).
Both teams are very close in assists made (17 to 16.5).
Bookmakers give a 0 spread for this game and expect the hosts to beat the odds. They are coming off a huge home victory and expect them to build on that momentum and win against the equally weak squad of Panathinaikos.
Panathinaikos vs Lyon-Villeurbanne Prediction: Lyon-Villeurbanne 0 (-110)
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