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Euroleague Playoffs. Barcelona - Panathinaikos. Game 2 Preview

11 Apr 2013
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navarro after paoBad start yesterday from me, but still many matches left to recover and first one is tonight match in Barcelona. This bet is mostly based on my intuition and knowledge and I don't recommend to play it with high stakes because real value is just few points.

Barcelona - Panathinaikos

Barcelona Regal will aim to take a commanding lead over Panathinaikos Athens in their best-of-five playoffs series in Game 2 on Thursday at Palau Blaugrana. The hosts edged the Greens 72-70 in an overtime thriller in the series opener on Tuesday. Juan Carlos Navarro scored 14 points, Sarunas Jasikevicius came off the bench for 11 points and 5 assists and Ante Tomic added a double-double to lead Barca. Stephane Lasme and James Gist scored 14 apiece for Panathinaikos in defeat.

As I said in Tuesday preview Barcelona was affected by tough schedule they got with ACB league game played away from last weekend. They again will play after 48 hours but this time they were at home and had more time to recover their power. Also I like how Pasqual rotating his roster in last matches to keed them fresh. Pedoulakis did big mistake in my eyes when used 3 key players for 35-41 minutes in Game 1. But it is understandable because PAO was fighting for their goal. But in Game 2 heavy legs could play against PAO.

Also PAO was not looking ready to break Barcelona defense without Barcelona help. They scored 21 points in first quarter when Barcelona did half of their turnovers (15) and Huertas was totally outplayed by Diamintidis. But when Barcelona found defensive match up PAO was looking out of idea how to score points.

As you know after the match Pedoulakis criticized referee work and asked Euroleague to check their bank accounts. Another mistake by unexperienced coach... Now Barcelona got another motivation to prove that they are better team (and they are for sure). This time Barcelona will be more prepared offensively and defensively and I expect them to win Game 2 by 7-14 points.

Pick: Barcelona (-7) @ 1.90 4/10 Sportingbet