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Two teams that started the season with a win face off in the second round of the Euroleague Basketball, when the French Champions Lyon-Villeurbanne (1-0), are hosting the Greek Champions Panathinaikos (1-0), with both teams looking to remain perfect today.
Date/Time: 10-10-2019, 14:45 EDT
Spread: Lyon-Villeurbanne +5
Lyon-Villeurbanne have a 1-0 record so far this season and are tied with Panathinaikos and seven more teams in the first place of the league table. In the opening game of the season they won at home against Olympiakos with an 82-63 score. They are led in scoring by Jordan Taylor with 16 ppg, adding 4 dimes per game. He is followed by David Lighty with 16 ppg.
Panathinaikos also have a 1-0 record so far this season and are tied with Lyon-Villeurbanne and 7 more teams on top of the league table. In their latest matchup they won at home against Crvena Zvezda with an 87-82 score. They are led in scoring by Nick Calathes with 21 ppg, adding a team high 7 dimes per game. He is followed by DeShaun Thomas with 18 ppg and a team high 11 boards per game.
This will be the first meeting ever between those two teams in any competition. Panathinaikos are better offensively, scoring 87 ppg to Lyon-Villeurbanne’s 82, while Lyon-Villeurbanne are better defensively, allowing 63 ppg to Panathinaikos’ 82. Panathinaikos have a better field goal percentage (55.4% to 51.6%), while Lyon-Villeurbanne have a better 3-point percentage (38.9% to 38.5%). Panathinaikos are better in boards grabbed (31 to 27), while Lyon-Villeurbanne are better both in turnovers committed (9 to 13) and in dimes made (17 to 14). Bookmakers give Panathinaikos a -5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win.
Panathinaikos vs Lyon-Villeurbanne Prediction: Panathinaikos -5 (-111)
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