2018-19Regular SeasonRound 29
March 28, 2019 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS
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Records

15-13 Regular Season 21-7
15-13 Overall 21-7

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

Two giants of the sport clash in the Greek capital on Thursday when old rivals Panathinaikos and Real Madrid meet. The Greens are the hottest team in the league with six straight wins and a seventh would give Coach Rick Pitino's men a playoff berth this week. Panathinaikos could also advance with a loss depending on other results. Madrid, which has lost three of its last four road games, retains an outside chance of finishing the regular season in the top spot, but must win this game to do so.

In their previous meeting

Madrid has won four straight games against Panathinaikos. Three of them came in last season's playoffs, while the most recent was an 89-68 rout in Round 13 of the current season. Panathinaikos trailed by only 5 early in the fourth quarter before Los Blancos used runs of 8-0 and 13-0 to put the game away. Fabien Causeur led the way for Madrid with 14 points, Facundo Campazzo had 13 points and 5 assists and Walter Tavares added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Keith Langford scored 20 points in a losing effort and Nick Calathes collected 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Marquee matchup

Nick Calathes in an All-EuroLeague First Team point guard and his Madrid counterpart Sergio Llull was the EuroLeague MVP just two seasons ago. The two are among the premier players at their position and their respective impacts on the game will go a long way toward deciding the outcome. Coach Pitino has opted to not have Calathes guard the opposing team's playmaker in recent games in order to keep him fresher to run the offense, but either way, these two will find themselves squaring off often on both sides of the court in a true marquee matchup.

Keys to victory: Panathinaikos

During its current winning streak, Panathinaikos has scored 90 points four times and the Greens are 6-0 this season when reaching that number. Defense has also played a role with Panathinaikos twice keeping its opponents to 70 points or fewer in that run. Against Madrid, the Greens will need a little bit of both, but an efficient Nick Calathes-led attack is a must in an effort to outscore Madrid.

Keys to victory: Madrid

Few men can look Madrid's 2.21-meter tower of power Walter Tavares in the eyes, but Panathinaikos's young center Georgios Papagiannis is one of them. Madrid has made a habit of dominating the paint with Tavares and Gustavo Ayon at the pivot and Anthony Randolph and Trey Thompkins complementing them at the '4'. However, Papagiannis is on the rise and the Greens have veterans at power forward with James Gist and Ioannis Papapetrou. It won't be easy, but if Madrid can stamp its usual authority on the painted area, it will have a great chance to win on the road.

Monday, March 25, 2019
Euroleague.net
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 THOMAS, DESHAUN F 2.01 27
5 LANGFORD, KEITH G 1.93 35
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS C 2.20 21
9 SAKELLARIOU, EVANGELOS G 1.91 29
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS F 2.05 24
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS G 1.95 28
14 GIST, JAMES F 2.04 32
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN C 2.10 33
16 KALAITZAKIS, GEORGIOS G 1.99 20
19 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS G 1.81 24
23 KILPATRICK, SEAN G 1.93 29
24 LOJESKI, MATT F 1.98 33
33 CALATHES, NICK G 1.96 30
43 ANTETOKOUNMPO, THANASIS F 2.00 26
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS F 2.10 22
Real Madrid
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 CAUSEUR, FABIEN F 1.95 31
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY F 2.11 29
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY F 1.96 33
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO G 1.80 28
9 REYES, FELIPE F 2.03 39
14 AYON, GUSTAVO C 2.08 33
16 YUSTA, SANTI F 2.00 21
19 PANTZAR, MELWIN G 1.90 18
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE G 1.88 35
22 TAVARES, WALTER C 2.21 27
23 LLULL, SERGIO G 1.92 31
24 DECK, GABRIEL F 1.99 24
25 PREPELIC, KLEMEN G 1.91 26
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN C 2.13 28
33 THOMPKINS, TREY F 2.08 28
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY F 2.01 29

Player Stats

Calathes, N. / 12.3 Langford, K. / 11.3 Thomas, D. / 10.1
Randolph, A. / 13.1 Llull, S. / 10.6 Carroll, J. / 10.0
Ayon, G. / 6.3 Tavares, W. / 5.7
Calathes, N. / 8.8
Campazzo, F. / 4.5 Llull, S. / 4.1 Ayon, G. / 3.2
Calathes, N. / 1.8
Campazzo, F. / 1.5
Tavares, W. / 1.7 Ayon, G. / 0.8
2PT
Papagiannis, G. / 75.0 % Antetokounmpo, T. / 72.9 % Vougioukas, I. / 71.0 %
Tavares, W. / 75.5 % Ayon, G. / 69.0 % Deck, G. / 68.3 %
3PT
Langford, K. / 39.6 % Lekavicius, L. / 36.8 % Papapetrou, I. / 35.6 %
Causeur, F. / 45.0 % Randolph, A. / 44.9 % Taylor, J. / 44.0 %
FT
Pappas, N. / 82.6 % Langford, K. / 81.0 % Gist, J. / 71.8 %
Llull, S. / 97.6 % Carroll, J. / 97.2 % Campazzo, F. / 88.5 %
PIR
Ayon, G. / 15.5 Randolph, A. / 15.0 Tavares, W. / 12.3

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
79.6 Points 86.4
33.1 Rebounds 36.6
10.9 O. Rebounds 10.0
22.3 D. Rebounds 26.6
17.0 Assists 20.1
7.2 Steals 6.0
2.7 Blocks 3.0
55.4 % 2PT 56.8 %
31.6 % 3PT 38.7 %
69.3 % FT 78.3 %
86.6 PIR 104.8

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
79.1 Points 77.7
35.0 Rebounds 33.6
11.4 O. Rebounds 10.7
23.5 D. Rebounds 22.9
17.8 Assists 14.9
5.7 Steals 6.0
2.8 Blocks 2.1
52.9 % 2PT 49.9 %
35.1 % 3PT 34.7 %
75.9 % FT 77.0 %
86.9 PIR 76.6
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs Real Madrid

· In their clashes since 2000, Madrid holds a 13-10 edge over Panathinaikos and has won four in a row. Madrid beat Panathinaikos 89-68 in Round 13 as Fabien Causeur led Madrid scorers with 14 points.

· Last season, Madrid and Panathinaikos faced off in the EuroLeague Playoffs. The Greens started rolling in Game 1 with a 95-67 triumph, but it was all Madrid from there to take the series 3-1 en route to the title in Belgrade.

· In Game 1 of that playoff series, Nick Calathes dished a career-high 16 assists to break the EuroLeague Playoffs record.

· In Round 25 last season, Madrid beat Panathinaikos 92-75 at home as Fabien Causeur scored 26 points and was MVP of the Round with a performance index rating of 29.

· Injured Madrid big man Ognjen Kuzmic made his EuroLeague debut in 2015-16 for Panathinaikos. He was a teammate of current Panathinaikos players Nikos Pappas, James Gist and Nick Calathes.

· Kuzmic had career-highs of 15 rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds for Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade vs. Panathinaikos in October 2016.

· Madrid's Sergio Llull posted a career-high 30 points when Madrid edged Panathinaikos 87-84 in November 2016.

· Panathinaikos forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo posted his career high in rebounds with 7 against Madrid last March.

· Madrid center Walter Tavares matched his career high in scoring with 14 points against Panathinaikos last March.

· Panathinaikos forward Deshaun Thomas matched his career high in steals with 3 in Round 13.

Monday, March 25, 2019
Euroleague.net

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Roster
Panathinaikos has started 13 different players this season. Nick Calathes is the only player to start every game.
Evangelos Sakellariou is set to make his EuroLeague debut.
Streaks
Nick Calathes has collected at least 1 steal in 14 of his last 15 games.
Calathes has dished at least 9 assists in six straight games and at least 5 assists in 15 consecutive games.
Calathes has scored at least 10 points in six straight and nine of his last 10 games.
Calathes has posted a performance index rating in double figures in 17 of his last 18 games.
DeShaun Thomas has scored in double figures in nine straight EuroLeague games.
Georgios Papagiannis has blocked at least 1 shot in four straight and five of the six games he's played since moving into the starting lineup.
Rankings
Nick Calathes leads the league in assists this season with 8.8 per game.
Calathes tops the season-long charts in steals with 1.8 per game.
Georgios Papagiannis is second in the EuroLeague in two-points accuracy this season at 75.0%. Thanasis Antetokounmpo is third at 72.88%.
Records/Milestones
Calathes is fifth all-time with 258 steals, Gianluca Basile is fourth with 261.
Calathes ranks eighth all-time with 964 assists. Theo Papaloukas is seventh with 977.
James Gist needs 24 more points to reach 2,000 for his career.
Keith Langford needs 2 more offensive rebounds to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.
Lukas Lekavicius needs 13 assists to reach 300 for his career.

Real Madrid

Roster
There have been 13 different starters for Madrid this season. No player has started every game.
Streaks
Sergio Llull has made 34 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague action.
Llull has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 of his last EuroLeague 12 games.
Jaycee Carroll has made at least 1 three-pointer in five of his last six EuroLeague games.
Trey Thompkins has made 10 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague action.
Thompkins has made at least 1 three-pointer in four straight and six of his last seven EuroLeague games.
Anthony Randolph has made at least 1 three-pointer in 16 of his last 17 EuroLeague games.
Randolph has scored at least 10 points and posted a double-figure PIR in seven of his last eight games.
Rankings
Gustavo Ayon is tied for fifth in the league this season in rebounding with 6.3 per game.
Facundo Campazzo is third in the league this season with 1.5 steals per game.
Walter Tavares leads the league in blocked shots this season with 1.7 per game.
Sergio Llull leads the EuroLeague in free throw accuracy this season with 97.62% and Jaycee Carroll is second at 97.22%
Tavares leads the EuroLeague in two-point accuracy this season at 75.49%.
Records/Milestones
Felipe Reyes is the EuroLeague career rebounding king with 1,777 boards.
Reyes passed Juan Carlos Navarro in Round 27 for the EuroLeague games-played record with 342.
Reyes is ranked third all-time in EuroLeague scoring with 2,990 points.
Reyes ranks second all-time with 958 two-point shots made. Ante Tomic of FC Barcelona Lassa is first with 1,031 and counting.
Sergio Llull ranks sixth all-time with 2,822 points. Georgios Printezis is fifth with 2,896 and counting.
Llull ranks sixth on the all-time charts with 1,019 assists. Sergio Rodriguez of CSKA Moscow is fifth with 1,067 and counting.
Llull ranks fourth in EuroLeague history with 426 three-pointers made. Vassilis Spanoulis is third with 450 and counting.
Rudy Fernandez is in sixth place all-time in steals with 257. Nick Calathes is fifth with 258 and counting. Gianluca Basile is fourth with 261.
Fernandez is sixth all-time with 386 three-pointers made. Gianluca Basile is fifth with 421.
Walter Tavares is the all-time EuroLeague leader in two-point accuracy at 71.70%.
Jaycee Carroll is fifth all-time in free throw accuracy at 91.01%.
Carroll is 11th all-time with 351 three-point shots made. His former teammate Sergio Rodriguez of CSKA Moscow is 10th with 361 and counting.

Monday, March 25, 2019
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
10 - 13
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens Real Madrid
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
Home record vs. Real Madrid: 7-4
Away record vs. Real Madrid: 3-9
Real Madrid
Home record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 9-3
Away record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 4-7

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 19 December 2018 Regular Season Real Madrid 89 - 68 Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
2017-18 27 April 2018 Playoffs Real Madrid 89 - 82 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2017-18 25 April 2018 Playoffs Real Madrid 81 - 74 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2017-18 19 April 2018 Playoffs Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 82 - 89 Real Madrid
2017-18 17 April 2018 Playoffs Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 95 - 67 Real Madrid
2017-18 08 March 2018 Regular Season Real Madrid 92 - 75 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2017-18 24 November 2017 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 82 - 80 Real Madrid
2016-17 16 March 2017 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 88 - 82 Real Madrid
2016-17 16 November 2016 Regular Season Real Madrid 87 - 84 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2014-15 20 March 2015 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 85 - 69 Real Madrid
2014-15 22 January 2015 Top 16 Real Madrid 83 - 65 Panathinaikos Athens
2012-13 21 March 2013 Top 16 Real Madrid 73 - 74 Panathinaikos Athens
2012-13 25 January 2013 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 54 - 58 Real Madrid
2012-13 15 November 2012 Regular Season Panathinaikos Athens 79 - 68 Real Madrid
2012-13 12 October 2012 Regular Season Real Madrid 85 - 78 Panathinaikos Athens
2009-10 17 December 2009 Regular Season Panathinaikos 67 - 76 Real Madrid
2009-10 05 November 2009 Regular Season Real Madrid 80 - 70 Panathinaikos
2007-08 31 January 2008 Regular Season Real Madrid 95 - 87 Panathinaikos
2007-08 06 December 2007 Regular Season Panathinaikos 92 - 85 Real Madrid
2005-06 08 February 2006 Regular Season Real Madrid 73 - 90 Panathinaikos
2005-06 14 December 2005 Regular Season Panathinaikos 87 - 71 Real Madrid
2001-02 14 February 2002 Regular Season Panathinaikos 77 - 88 Real Madrid
2001-02 06 December 2001 Regular Season Real Madrid 70 - 78 Panathinaikos