2019-20Regular SeasonRound 13
December 13, 2019 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA
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Records

9-3 Regular Season 8-4
9-3 Overall 8-4

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

Two of the hottest teams in the EuroLeague right now will meet in Round 13 as FC Barcelona (9-3) welcomes Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (8-4) to the Catalan capital. Barca bounced back last week from a severe home loss with a 94-102 road win at Khimki, while the Greens have won four in a row including last round's Greek derby against Olympiacos, by 99-93 in overtime. Get ready for an offensive display between two of the top-scoring teams in the league.

History lesson

Barcelona and Panathinaikos have established one of the longest rivalries in the league. This will be the 35th time they play against each other this century, with Barcelona holding a 21-13 advantage in their head-to-head encounters. That includes each winning one playoff series against the other, with Panathinaikos victories in 2011 and Barcelona in 2013. In between they played their only Final Four game this century for third place, won by Barcelona. Panathinaikos, of course, won its first continental crown with Barcelona as the victim in 1996. Last season, each team won at home.

Rice, back in Barcelona

One of the hottest players in Panathinaikos at the moment, Tyrese Rice, returns to Barcelona for the first time to play against his former team. Rice played for Barcelona during the 2016-17 season. He will land in Barcelona with his motivation and drive through the roof, especially after having drained his career-high 41 points against Olympiacos last week.

Marquee matchup

Kyle Kuric of Barcelona and DeShaun Thomas of Panathinaikos will be protagonists of an interesting duel at forward. In his second season for Barcelona, Kuric averages 9.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in over 22 minutes off the bench. Thomas is an undisputed starter for Panathinaikos and averages 14.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.4 steals in almost 30 minutes on the floor. Kuric is quicker and works mainly on the perimeter, while Thomas has several more centimeters and is just as dangerous around the basket. If either gets hot, his team will have the upper hand.

Keys to victory: Barcelona

Barcelona seems to have recovered from its severe home loss to CSKA a couple of weeks ago, but now faces another on-the-rise team with the best offense in the league. In fact, both teams are rather close in all stats categories, but if the Greens are on top in offense, Barca performs better at defense, so that's where the hosts will have to focus. The hosts will try especially to limit floor general Nick Calathes, also keeping an eye on former teammate Tyrese Rice. Barcelona's injury problems at point guard will require plenty of team defensive strategies to accomplish those goals.

Keys to victory: Panathinaikos

Since the comeback of coach Rick Pitino, Panathinaikos is showing even more confidence with two wins in a row and a focus on defense to complement its super-charged offense. However, Barcelona has one of the most talented rosters in the league and it is playing at home, where with the exception of the loss to CSKA, the home fans have not been disappointed. Right now the Greens are the best team in the league in points and rebounds, so the key for them will be trying to impose their style to break through one of the best defenses in the competition.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Euroleague.net
FC Barcelona
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 DAVIES, BRANDON C 2.08 28
3 PANGOS, KEVIN G 1.86 26
5 RIBAS, PAU G 1.94 32
8 HANGA, ADAM F 2.00 30
10 SMITS, ROLANDS F 2.07 24
14 PUSTOVYI, ARTEM C 2.18 27
17 BADJI, IBOU C 2.13 17
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE C 2.08 27
19 MARCOS, JUANI G 1.85 19
21 ABRINES, ALEX F 1.98 26
22 HIGGINS, CORY G 1.95 30
23 DELANEY, MALCOLM G 1.91 30
24 KURIC, KYLE F 1.93 30
30 CLAVER, VICTOR F 2.08 31
31 BOLMARO, LEANDRO G 1.98 19
32 MARTINEZ, SERGI F 2.02 20
33 MIROTIC, NIKOLA F 2.08 28
44 TOMIC, ANTE C 2.17 32
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 THOMAS, DESHAUN F 2.01 28
5 RICE, TYRESE G 1.85 32
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS C 2.20 22
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS F 2.05 25
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS G 1.96 29
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN C 2.11 34
23 PAPADAKIS, KONSTANTINOS G 1.91 21
24 JOHNSON, WESLEY F 2.01 32
25 BROWN, RION F 1.97 28
32 FREDETTE, JIMMER G 1.87 30
33 CALATHES, NICK G 1.96 30
35 WILEY, JACOB F 2.02 25
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS F 2.10 23
50 BENTIL, BENJAMIN F 2.06 24

Player Stats

Mirotic, N. / 19.3 Higgins, C. / 12.8 Kuric, K. / 9.4
Thomas, D. / 14.2 Calathes, N. / 13.8 Fredette, J. / 13.5
Mirotic, N. / 6.8
Calathes, N. / 5.3 Thomas, D. / 5.3
Delaney, M. / 5.5 Hanga, A. / 3.3
Calathes, N. / 8.8 Rice, T. / 2.6
Mirotic, N. / 1.4 Davies, B. / 1.3 Kuric, K. / 1.1
Calathes, N. / 1.4 Thomas, D. / 1.4 Wiley, J. / 1.0
Davies, B. / 0.7
2PT
Hanga, A. / 64.9% Mirotic, N. / 61.8% Tomic, A. / 59.3%
Papagiannis, G. / 67.5% Papapetrou, I. / 66.1% Wiley, J. / 65.5%
3PT
Abrines, A. / 56.5% Higgins, C. / 48.8% Kuric, K. / 43.2%
Rice, T. / 46.8% Papapetrou, I. / 45.0% Fredette, J. / 40.8%
FT
Higgins, C. / 86.8% Mirotic, N. / 81.5%
Fredette, J. / 94.7% Thomas, D. / 90.6% Rice, T. / 88.9%
PIR
Mirotic, N. / 20.8 Higgins, C. / 12.6 Davies, B. / 10.8
Calathes, N. / 19.5 Thomas, D. / 15.3 Fredette, J. / 12.3

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
84.4 Points 89.3
36.5 Rebounds 35.0
11.1 O. Rebounds 9.3
25.4 D. Rebounds 25.7
18.7 Assists 18.4
7.0 Steals 7.1
1.9 Blocks 3.0
53.7% 2PT 55.7%
39.0% 3PT 37.7%
76.6% FT 75.5%
97.3 PIR 102.4

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
77.8 Points 83.3
31.8 Rebounds 38.4
9.4 O. Rebounds 12.8
22.3 D. Rebounds 25.6
17.5 Assists 18.4
6.9 Steals 5.3
2.3 Blocks 2.8
52.4% 2PT 50.6%
34.8% 3PT 37.0%
81.1% FT 71.8%
80.7 PIR 89.7
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FC Barcelona Lassa vs Panathinaikos Athens

· Barcelona holds a 21-13 edge over Panathinaikos in head-to-head games this century. The home team has won the last eight meetings.

· Barcelona and Panathinaikos squared off in the 1996 EuroLeague final in Paris, France. Panathinaikos edged Barcelona 67-66 to conquer its first EuroLeague title. Panathinaikos legend Fragiskos Alvertis led the way with 17 points.

· Barcelona and Panathinaikos have met twice in the EuroLeague Playoffs. In 2011, Panathinaikos beat Barcelona 3-1 without the home-court advantage. In 2013, Barcelona ousted Panathinaikos 3-2.

· Tyrese Rice played for Barcelona during the 2016-17 season. He was a teammate there of Victor Claver, Ante Tomic and Pau Ribas. Rice was also a teammate of Claver at Khimki Moscow Region for the second part of the 2014-15 season.

· Rice played under current Barcelona head coach Svetislav Pesic at Bayern Munich during the 2012-13 season.

· Panathinaikos forward DeShaun Thomas played for Barcelona during the 2014-15 season. He was a teammate there of Ante Tomic and Alex Abrines.

· Panathinaikos scorer Jimmer Fredette and Barcelona center Brandon Davies were college teammates for two years at Brigham Young University.

· Barcelona playmaker Thomas Heurtel was a teammate of DeShaun Thomas at Anadolu Efes Istanbul. Thomas and Heurtel were teammates at Efes during the 2016-17 season.

· Ioannis Papapetrou set a career-high with 4 steals against Barcelona in Round 19 last season.

Monday, December 9, 2019
Euroleague.net

FC Barcelona

Roster
Adam Hanga and Nikola Mirotic have started every game for Barcelona so far this season.
Thomas Heurtel is sidelined with a knee injury.
Kevin Pangos has been sidelined since the start of the season with a toe injury.

Streaks
Nikola Mirotic has scored in double figures in 14 of his last 15 EuroLeague games.
Mirotic has collected at least 1 steal in six of his last seven games.
Brandon Davies has collected at least 1 steal in six of his last seven games.
Kyle Kuric has collected at least 1 steal in eight of his last nine games.

Rankings
Nikola Mirotic ranks fifth this season in average PIR with 20.8 per game.
Mirotic ranks fourth this season with 19.3 points per game.
Mirotic ranks fourth this season with 6.8 rebounds per game. Mirotic is tied for fourth in offensive rebounds with 2.2 per game.
Malcolm Delaney is tied for sixth this season with 5.5 assists per game.
Alex Abrines ranks fourth in three-point accuracy this season at 56.5%.

Records/Milestones
Ante Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 1,478 rebounds. Ioannis Bourousis is third with 1,603.
Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 503 offensive rebounds. Zalgiris big man Paulius Jankunas is third with 504 and counting.
Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 975 defensive rebounds.
Tomic is the competition's all-time leader in two-point baskets with 1,104.
Ante Tomic ranks 10th all-time with 151 blocks.
Tomic ranks 10th all-time with 2,702 points scored. Marcus Brown is ninth with 2,739.
Tomic ranks sixth all-time with 3,601 index rating points. Zalgiris big man Paulius Jankunas ranks fifth with 3,670 and counting.
Thomas Heurtel ranks third all-time in assists with 1,173. Dimitris Diamantidis is second with 1,255.
Cory Higgins ranks eighth all-time in three-point shooting accuracy at 47.5%.

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Roster
Rick Pitino took over as head coach after Round 10, replacing Giorgos Vovoras who was directing the team on an interim basis after the club parted ways with Coach Argyris Pedoulakis.
DeShaun Thomas and Nick Calathes have started every game for Panathinaikos so far this season.
Kostas Papadakis is set to make his EuroLeague debut.
Panathinaikos is carrying 14 players on its active roster, so at least two players must sit out every game.
Nick Calathes has started 122 consecutive games in which he appeared. The last time he came off the bench was in January 2016.

Streaks
Tyrese Rice has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine games.
Jimmer Fredette has scored in double digits in seven of his last eight appearances.
Fredette has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight appearances.
Fredette has made 10 consecutive free throws. 
Nick Calathes has posted a performance index rating in double figures in 12 of his last 13 EuroLeague games.
Calathes has scored at least 10 points in each of his last eight games.
Ioannis Papapetrou has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine straight games. 
Jacob Wiley has made 10 consecutive free throws.
DeShaun Thomas has collected at least 1 steal in nine straight games.
Thomas has scored in double figures in six straight games.
Thomas has posted a performance index rating in double figures in seven straight games.
Thomas has made 13 consecutive free throws.
Tyrese Rice has made 12 consecutive free throws.

Rankings
Nick Calathes ranks sixth this season in average PIR with 19.5 per game.
Calathes leads the league this season with 8.8 assists per game.
DeShaun Thomas is tied fourth in offensive rebounds this season with 2.2 per game.
Georgios Papagiannis ranks seventh this season in two-point accuracy at 67.5%.

Records/Milestones
Last season in Round 30, Nick Calathes became the second player this century – and first since Nikola Vujcic more than a decade prior – to record a triple-double. He tallied 11 points, 18 assists and 12 rebounds in a win over Buducnost VOLI Podgorica.
Calathes set single-season records last season with 286 total assists and with an average of 8.7 assists per game.
Calathes ranks fourth all-time time with 283 steals; Pablo Prigioni is third with 322.
Calathes ranks sixth all-time with 1,111 assists; Milos Teodosic is fifth with 1,126.
Georgios Papagiannis ranks 12th all-time in two-point accuracy at 64.8%.
In Round 12, Tyrese Rice scored 41 points, tied for second-most in a EuroLeague game this century. In that game, he set a club record in points (41) and three-pointers made (8).

Monday, December 9, 2019
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
21 - 13
FC Barcelona Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
FC Barcelona
Home record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 13-4
Away record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 7-9
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
Home record vs. FC Barcelona: 9-7
Away record vs. FC Barcelona: 4-13

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 11 January 2019 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 79 - 68 Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
2018-19 21 November 2018 Regular Season Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 76 - 70 FC Barcelona Lassa
2017-18 11 January 2018 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 84 - 75 FC Barcelona Lassa
2017-18 13 October 2017 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 98 - 71 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2016-17 24 January 2017 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 71 - 65 FC Barcelona Lassa
2016-17 02 December 2016 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 72 - 57 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2015-16 04 December 2015 Regular Season Panathinaikos Athens 93 - 86 FC Barcelona Lassa
2015-16 29 October 2015 Regular Season FC Barcelona Lassa 77 - 52 Panathinaikos Athens
2014-15 05 March 2015 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 77 - 81 FC Barcelona
2014-15 09 January 2015 Top 16 FC Barcelona 80 - 76 Panathinaikos Athens
2014-15 19 December 2014 Regular Season Panathinaikos Athens 67 - 80 FC Barcelona
2014-15 14 November 2014 Regular Season FC Barcelona 78 - 69 Panathinaikos Athens
2013-14 28 March 2014 Top 16 FC Barcelona 84 - 62 Panathinaikos Athens
2013-14 31 January 2014 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 56 - 63 FC Barcelona
2012-13 25 April 2013 Playoffs FC Barcelona Regal 64 - 53 Panathinaikos Athens
2012-13 18 April 2013 Playoffs Panathinaikos Athens 60 - 70 FC Barcelona Regal
2012-13 16 April 2013 Playoffs Panathinaikos Athens 65 - 63 FC Barcelona Regal
2012-13 11 April 2013 Playoffs FC Barcelona Regal 65 - 66 Panathinaikos Athens
2012-13 09 April 2013 Playoffs FC Barcelona Regal 72 - 70 Panathinaikos Athens
2011-12 13 May 2012 Final Four Panathinaikos Athens 69 - 74 FC Barcelona Regal
2010-11 31 March 2011 Playoffs Panathinaikos Athens 78 - 67 Regal Barcelona
2010-11 29 March 2011 Playoffs Panathinaikos Athens 76 - 74 Regal Barcelona
2010-11 24 March 2011 Playoffs Regal Barcelona 71 - 75 Panathinaikos Athens
2010-11 22 March 2011 Playoffs Regal Barcelona 83 - 82 Panathinaikos Athens
2009-10 25 February 2010 Top 16 Panathinaikos 67 - 70 Regal FC Barcelona
2009-10 11 February 2010 Top 16 Regal FC Barcelona 83 - 71 Panathinaikos
2008-09 11 December 2008 Regular Season Panathinaikos 76 - 87 Regal FC Barcelona
2008-09 30 October 2008 Regular Season Regal FC Barcelona 90 - 66 Panathinaikos
2007-08 10 January 2008 Regular Season AXA FC Barcelona 55 - 56 Panathinaikos
2007-08 15 November 2007 Regular Season Panathinaikos 76 - 66 AXA FC Barcelona
2006-07 21 March 2007 Top 16 Winterthur FC Barcelona 87 - 66 Panathinaikos
2006-07 21 February 2007 Top 16 Panathinaikos 102 - 82 Winterthur FC Barcelona
2003-04 01 April 2004 Top 16 FC Barcelona 64 - 67 Panathinaikos
2003-04 18 March 2004 Top 16 Panathinaikos 66 - 84 FC Barcelona