Euroleague Playoffs. Game 3. Panathinaikos – CSKA.

Game 3 should be much closer than Game 1 & 2. In Moscow russian did whatever they want in offense and PAO played below their level on defensive end. Maybe Slaughter injury changed series plan for PAO, maybe they were concentrated on home games from the start of the series. They played like in regular season game and showed 2 worst games in defense..

At OAKA arena Panathinaikos makes on average 10 pts more in offense than in away games and get 6 points less. Slaughter still doubt, but with young Charalampopolous PAO looks quite comfortable too. I am sure that PAO can play much better defense at home too. They did not show their defensive plan in Moscow for some reason. Maybe that reason – is decision too keep all cards for home games and force Game 5, after Slaughter injury. They already did this trick last season, when comeback from 0:2, but failed in decisive 5th match. 

Let’s see how it goes, but I don’t see any reasons to give CSKA such 6.5 handicap in Greece. Barcelona had -1 and -2.5, Real -5.. Is CSKA so much better team than spanish clubs? For sure, they are not. Fair line here should be somewhere between -1 and -4 and I see value in hosts at these odds.

Pick: Panathinaikos +6.5 @ 1.92 Pinnacle

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