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Panathinaikos-Real Madrid: tough test for Euroleague leaders

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NEWS | 26/12/2019

The Whites will try to extend thier run of 10 straight victories in Athens (8pm, CET).
The final match of the Euroleague in 2019 is already a classic between two teams that have met up to 10 times in two years, with Real Madrid winning 9-1. The Whites, who go in to the game as the new leaders of the competition (12-3) after their spectacular run of 10 consecutive victories, visit a Panathinaikos that has also grown over the course of the matchdays and is in sixth position (9-6).
Real Madrid start a very demanding week today at the OAKA Arena, which will see them play two away matches in three days, including Sunday's Clásico at the Palau. They will do so as the leader of the League and Euroleague. In this competition they already have their second best streak in history after the 13 consecutive wins in 2013-14. An unstoppable ascent to the top of the standings, which they command with the same wins as Anadolu Efes and Barça but with a better points difference. In this time, Panathinaikos have also been doing things very well, winning 7 games out of 10 possible and 5 of the last 6 on their home court.

Real Madrid have won in their last three visits to Panathinaikos.

The Whites come up against the best attack in the competition (87.9 points on average) and a powerful opponent on the rebound. The base position is very well covered with Calathes and Rice coming off the bench. Fredette and Papapetrou are the threat on the wings, while Thomas, Wiley and the giant Papagiannis stand out on the paint. Real Madrid  is more balanced (scores 85.1 points and receives 76.8). They come in to the match averaging only 57,5 points against in the last two games (Baskonia and Andorra). Stopping Pitino's production will be a key factor in the victory.
Favorable balance
Real Madrid
-Panathinaikos and vice versa have become a classic in the Euroleague. They have played 27 matches with a favorable balance of 17-10 for the Whites. Of those 27, a dozen of them have taken place in the last two years. During this time, Laso’s team has eliminated the Greeks in two playoffs. The first in the 2017-18 series, which Panathinaikos won 95-67, and which ultimately allowed the Whites to win the Tenth, marked a turning point in the rivalry between the two teams. Until then, they were tied with 9 victories each. Since that day, April 17, 2018, the Madrid players have won all eight matches, three at OAKA with the memory of Rudy's incredible three-point winner.