Galatasaray – Panathinaikos

Chris SingletonGalatasaray possible without starting center Tibor Pleiss will try to add another win to their balance.

Tibor Pleiss was hospitalized yesterday in Istanbul with viral infection and its presence in the match against Panathinaikos is doubtful. The team showed good fighting spirit against Fenerbahce last week and for sure wants to continue their hot form at home arena. But without starting center and short bench (only 3 bench players can compete at Euroleague level) it will be hard very hard task to hold against greek.

Panathinaikos comes with full roster. Xavier Pasqual can use its roster depth to overcome Galatasaray in their own house. When you have A.Gentile, K.C.Rivers, Mike James coming from bench – you are winning position, if your opponent can’t answer with same rotation.

Everything looks pretty simple here. Panathinaikos has more quality and depth in its roster and hosts might be less effective without Tibor Pleiss.  The problem is with trends, because:

  • Galatasaray is 6-2 ATS in last 8 home games
  • Panathinaikos 1-5 ATS in last 6 away games (after 5-1 start)

Vladimir Micov

Turks were listed as 9.5 points dogs in Greece (with huge roster problems), so “healthy” line should be close to 1.95-1.95. Bet we are getting -3.5 on PAO… This one looks like correction from bookmakers. They want to see public money on in-form Galatasaray, because guest team is a shaded favorite here.

There is not much value in Pao victory @ 1.58, but you can wait for in-play odds and grab PAO at 1.95+ odds or take PAO (-3.5) before the game for half-stake and another half with higher odds, if there will be a chance.

Prediction: Galatasaray 77 –  84 Panathinaikos

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