Panathinaikos vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv: Playoffs Game 2 Prediction & Analysis.

Panathinaikos vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv: Playoffs Game 2 Prediction & Analysis.

Panathinaikos will host Maccabi Tel Aviv in Game 2 of the playoffs at OAKA on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 6:15 p.m. (UTC). The hosts seem determined to clinch a victory after losing Game 1 by a score of 87-91 in a fiercely contested match marked by upsets and intense emotions. Panathinaikos faltered due to missed rebounds and free throws, coupled with some poor choices in their final offensive possessions. However, Game 2 presents a different scenario, as Maccabi is unlikely to exert as much pressure to secure a second win on the road, knowing that the next two games will be played at their unofficial home court in Belgrade. Panathinaikos appears poised to respond promptly and level the series, which seems the most probable outcome.

While much remains uncertain on the court, let’s delve deeper into Game 2 between Panathinaikos and Maccabi.

Latest news Panathinaikos.

Ergin Ataman made several statements after the result of the match against Maccabi, clearly upset with the refereeing and visibly disappointed with the outcome. Among other remarks, he stated that Panathinaikos would prevail in the series against Maccabi and pledged publicly that if Panathinaikos fails to advance to the Final 4, he will depart from the team. The club also issued a statement expressing dissatisfaction with the refereeing of the match, and Panathinaikos President D. Giannakopoulos attended the team’s training session to boost the players’ morale. However, all of these events pertain to statements and off-court developments.

Regarding the match itself, Panathinaikos appears poised to claim victory in Game 2 against Maccabi. Firstly, it’s anticipated that Maccabi will not exhibit the same level of intensity as they did in Game 1. Secondly, Panathinaikos demonstrated their scoring prowess by tallying 87 points in Game 1, one of their highest-scoring performances in the Euroleague this season, despite K. Nunn being relatively ineffective with just 8 points. The only areas Panathinaikos needs to address are tightening their defense, improving their free throw shooting percentage, or dominating the rebounding battle. If they can achieve any one of these objectives, they stand a strong chance of defeating Maccabi in Game 2.

Ergin Ataman has his entire team fully prepared, with no players sidelined due to injury or absence.

Latest news Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Maccabi is celebrating, and rightfully so, the huge victory they achieved against Panathinaikos in game 1 at OAKA. They had the passion and didn’t give up even when they were down by 12 points. Their perseverance and Oded Kattash’s coaching ability did them justice in the end, even when they had to play without their star, W. Baldwin, who was out in the last minutes due to a minor injury. For their part, Maccabi considers that they had poor refereeing against them but still managed to get the win that gives them the lead to qualify for the Final 4. They had an excellent day from B. Colson, who has given his best performances in all games against Panathinaikos, and L. Brown.

In game 2, there is a desire to show up with the same dynamic and claim the victory, as W. Baldwin mentioned, but this is theoretically difficult because Maccabi has a limitation in their depth, and the weight is mainly on 4 players. Oded Kattash knows this and will surely try to tire Panathinaikos or play the psychological part more than actually chasing the win in game 2. Not that he’s going to let the opportunity go to waste if it works out for him, of course.

Maccabi will not face any injury or absence issues, and W. Baldwin will play regularly in game 2. As such, he may get less playing time or be used mainly if there is a prospect of Maccabi getting the win to protect him for the rest of the series.

Panathinaikos vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips.

On one hand, we have Panathinaikos, who will definitely strive for victory in front of a packed stadium of 20,000 fans who will support them. On the other hand, we have the psychologically uplifted Maccabi, who managed to win in game 1. In total, Maccabi has beaten Panathinaikos 3 times this season, and I think that this streak will stop on Thursday. However, I’m not going to bet on the winner of this game. I think Panathinaikos will employ extra weapons on offense this time, especially leveraging the scoring ability of Kentrick Nunn, who didn’t score enough points in game 1.

Maccabi has the worst defense in the Euroleague, and that’s why in Game 2 I recommend:

Panathinaikos vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv: Panathinaikos to score over 90.5 points.

Bet builder:

Panathinaikos will pay more attention to rebounding and defense. At the same time, they will need to find ways to score from the perimeter more effectively than in Game 1. Given these factors, I will select a Bet Builder that focuses on options offering extremely high odds.

  • Over 20.5 points: K. Nunn
  • Over 6.5 Rebounds: M. Lessort
  • Over 2.5 3-pointers made: K. Nunn
  • Over 1.5 3-pointers made: D. Mitoglou

I believe that Kentrick Nunn will serve as the primary offensive weapon for Panathinaikos, but other players will also contribute to scoring from the perimeter. D. Mitoglou, a capable shooter, will undoubtedly receive more attempts in the upcoming game.

Lineups:

Below, you can see the lineups of Panathinaikos and Maccabi Tel Aviv for Game 2 of the playoffs.

Panathinaikos AKTOR Athens:

  • Guard:
    • Panagiotis Kalaitzakis (0)
    • Luca Vildoza (2)
    • Dimitris Moraitis (6)
    • Kostas Sloukas (10)
    • Jerian Grant (22)
    • Kendrick Nunn (25)
    • Marius Grigonis (40)
  • Forward:
    • Aleksander Balcerowski (8)
    • Alexandros Samontourov (20)
    • Ioannis Papapetrou (21)
    • Juancho Hernangomez (41)
    • Konstantinos Mitoglou (44)
    • Eleftherios Mantzoukas (72)
  • Center:
    • Mathias Lessort (26)
    • Kostas Antetokounmpo (37)

Maccabi Tel Aviv:

  • Guard:
    • Antonius Cleveland (1)
    • Lorenzo Brown (4)
    • Wade Baldwin IV (5)
    • John DiBartolomeo (12)
    • Omer Mayer (17)
    • Yaron Goldman (19)
    • Joe Thomasson (24)
    • Tamir Blatt (45)
  • Forward:
    • James Webb III (3)
    • Rafi Menco (8)
    • Roman Sorkin (9)
    • Jasiel Rivero (14)
    • Jake Cohen (15)
    • Bonzie Colson (50)
  • Center:
    • Josh Nebo (32)

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