The Euroleague campaign is starting to heat up with every match playing a vital role as the table takes shape. Žalgiris Kaunas BC find themselves in something of a precarious position in the final playoff spot as it stands. Their opponents Panathinaikos BC are a little more comfortable further up the table in fourth. However, neither side will take anything for granted with each win a critical step in ensuring they are still a competitor come the latter stages. The winner’s Euroleague odds will take a huge step in the right direction whilst the loser will be taking a nervous look over their shoulder.
One thing that these two sides have in abundance is pedigree. Kaunas BC won the Euroleague back in 1999 and since then have gone on to claim 13 Lithuanian league titles. However, it is the Greek side Panathinaikos BC who possess the most recent Euroleague success with six wins to their name, most recent being in 2010/11. The side are also on a supreme eight-game winning streak in all competitions. By contrast, Žalgiris have lost two of their last three Euroleague games with low confidence. This makes the Greek side one of our best Euroleague betting tips to win in our Euroleague betting previews.
Six-time Euroleague winners Panathinaikos’s eight-game winning streak will come to an end at some point but not against Kaunas BC despite being away from home. Road form has been impressive for the Greek side whereas the home side have won one and lost one in their last two games on their own patch. This will prove to be a telling factor, especially as Žalgiris’s league position only adds to the nervousness the side will face. EnergyBet’s latest Euroleague odds are some of the best you are going to get for the game, especially the outright price on Panathinaikos. The game has so much riding on it for the home side which means that added pressure will work against them against a side buoyed by eight wins in a row. The Greeks will be celebrating come Thursday night as they comfortably put one foot in the playoffs and leave the Lithuanians sweating for the rest of the league campaign.
Avoiding the handicap market is a wise decision with little realistic value to be had, however, Unibet’s over/under submarket is where the goodies are at. Over the last ten head to head meetings, the two sides have averaged a game total of just 145 points. That in itself is reason enough to go with Unibet and their under 156.5 price. However, add to this the nervousness that the home side face, and the likelihood of a high scoring game only diminishes further. The scoring between the two has been so low that when the two sides met in March earlier this year, just 122 points were scored leaving a healthy 34-point bank of insurance neither side look like troubling. The Greeks will know sterner tests lie ahead so will be happy to maintain a small margin and thus leave Žalgiris frustrated in their attempt to find consistency.