2018-19Regular SeasonRound 27
March 20, 2019 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS
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Records

13-13 Regular Season 14-12
13-13 Overall 14-12

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

Two teams in the thick of the playoffs race face each other on Wednesday when Panathinaikos OPAP Athens hosts KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. The Greens seem to have found their rhythm under Coach Rick Pitino and have won their four last games, including a road win at CSKA Moscow last week. On the other side, Baskonia has won five of its last six games and is also on a final push to make the playoffs. The hosts are just one win behind the visitors, so the stakes in this game, with four games to go in the regular season, are as high as they come.

Earlier this season

This will be the 25th time that these two sides clash in the EuroLeague and at the moment, their record is tied 12-12. In their last meeting in Round 9, Baskonia won at home 86-77 led by six players in double digits in points. Toko Shengelia led the way with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. For Panathinaikos, Keith Langford had 33 points, but it was not enough to stop Baskonia from taking the win.

Marquee matchup

Georgios Papagiannis and Vincent Poirier are sure to be the main stars in the duel in the paint. Over his last three games, Papagiannis seems to have exploded for Panathinaikos. He's averaged 12.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in those three wins for the Greens, making 18 of 21 two-point shots. On the other side, Poirier is becoming more and more important for Baskonia, even more so with the absence of Toko Shengelia. Poirier has averaged 11.2 points and 7.7 rebounds in 26 appearances this season, 21 of them as a starter. Their clash will play a significant role in this game.

Keys to victory: Panathinaikos

Panathinaikos is in a sweet moment and it has come at the right time. However, nothing is done yet and the Greens will have to work hard under the boards to stop Baskonia's league-third-best 35.4 rebounds per game. Baskonia is also third in assists (18.9 apg.), so the hosts will have to step up in defense especially, as they seem to have the offensive side of Coach Pitino's philosophy down by now. The home crowd will surely be a big boost for Panathinaikos in this final push for a playoff berth that seemed so far away less than a month ago.

Keys to victory: Baskonia

Baskonia's injury problems could be a big burden during this two-round week. The visitors are missing some of their top contributors in Toko Shengelia, Jayson Granger and now also Matt Janning. The rest of the players will have to step up to play hard in order to maintain their current place among the top eight in the standings. Defense will be paramount, as the Greens have increased their point production in the last games and at home they will be in a good position to keep that trend going. Panathinaikos has the second-weakest numbers in the league shooting from beyond the arc, so packing the paint and letting the Greens fire away from downtown could be a good way to go for Baskonia.

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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
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 PENAVA, AJDIN C 2.06 22
3 VILDOZA, LUCA G 1.91 23
5 GONZALEZ, MIGUEL G 2.01 20
7 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES C 2.14 26
8 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS F 2.00 21
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO G 1.90 35
11 JANNING, MATT G 1.93 30
12 DIOP, ILIMANE C 2.11 23
15 GRANGER, JAYSON G 1.89 29
17 POIRIER, VINCENT C 2.13 25
20 RAIESTE, SANDER F 2.04 19
21 JONES, JALEN F 2.01 25
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE C 2.06 27
29 GARINO, PATRICIO F 2.01 25
31 SHIELDS, SHAVON F 2.01 24
32 HILLIARD, DARRUN F 1.98 25
47 KURUCS, ARTURS G 1.90 19

Player Stats

Calathes, N. / 11.7 Langford, K. / 11.2 Thomas, D. / 9.7
Shengelia, T. / 12.7 Poirier, V. / 11.2 Janning, M. / 10.8
Calathes, N. / 8.4
Huertas, M. / 4.7 Vildoza, L. / 3.9
Calathes, N. / 1.7
Poirier, V. / 0.9 Diop, I. / 0.5
2PT
Papagiannis, G. / 75.6 % Antetokounmpo, T. / 74.1 % Lojeski, M. / 64.6 %
Poirier, V. / 62.0 % Voigtmann, J. / 61.3 % Shields, S. / 56.6 %
3PT
Langford, K. / 38.6 % Lekavicius, L. / 37.8 % Papapetrou, I. / 37.7 %
Huertas, M. / 47.4 % Vildoza, L. / 41.3 % Shields, S. / 38.0 %
FT
Langford, K. / 83.6 % Pappas, N. / 82.6 % Gist, J. / 71.0 %
Huertas, M. / 87.5 % Shields, S. / 85.7 % Janning, M. / 84.8 %
PIR
Poirier, V. / 16.4 Shengelia, T. / 15.4 Voigtmann, J. / 11.2

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
79.3 Points 81.9
32.6 Rebounds 35.4
10.7 O. Rebounds 10.9
22.0 D. Rebounds 24.5
16.8 Assists 18.9
7.2 Steals 6.7
2.6 Blocks 2.3
55.5 % 2PT 54.7 %
31.2 % 3PT 36.8 %
70.1 % FT 75.6 %
85.5 PIR 92.8

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
79.3 Points 79.1
34.9 Rebounds 31.6
11.5 O. Rebounds 9.2
23.5 D. Rebounds 22.4
18.0 Assists 17.6
5.6 Steals 6.9
2.9 Blocks 2.5
53.2 % 2PT 52.3 %
35.9 % 3PT 37.6 %
74.7 % FT 78.1 %
87.7 PIR 86.3
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

· Panathinaikos and Baskonia are tied, 12-12, in meetings this century. When they last met, Baskonia won 86-77 in Round 9 as Toko Shengelia had 16 points, 7 rebounds and a new career-high 7 assists.

· Baskonia has ousted Panathinaikos twice in the playoffs. It swept the Greens in the 2016 playoffs and eliminated Panathinaikos in 2006 by winning the decisive Game 3 on the road 71-74. Coach Velimir Perasovic was on Baskonia's bench both times.

· Panathinaikos and Baskonia battled in the 2007 EuroLeague semifinals in Athens, Greece. Panathinaikos downed Baskonia 53-67 behind 15 points each from Sani Becirovic and Mike Batiste. The Greens went on to win the EuroLeague title.

· Panathinaikos tied its record for rebounds in EuroLeague play this century with 51 against Baskonia in April 2016.

· Panathinaikos set club EuroLeague records with 31 assists and tied another with 18 three-pointers against Baskonia in October 2013.

· Panathinaikos center Ian Vougioukas and Baskonia guard Matt Janning were teammates at Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar during the 2016-17 season.

· Vougioukas had a career-high 13 rebounds against Baskonia while playing for Zalgiris Kaunas in February 2016.

· Baskonia guard Marcelinho Huertas was a teammate of Panathinaikos forward Deshaun Thomas at Barcelona during the 2014-15 season.

· Panathinaikos forward DeShaun Thomas and Baskonia point guard Jayson Granger were teammates at Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the 2016-17 season.

· Baskonia big man Ilimane Diop set his career-high with 10 rebounds in December of last season against Panathinaikos. He also had a career-best 3 steals against Panathinaikos in March 2014.

· Panathinaikos forward James Gist posted his career high in rebounds with 11 playing for Partizan Belgrade against Baskonia in November 2010.

· Matt Lojeski had his best EuroLeague game with a career-best 28 points and 6-for-7 three-point shooting plus a career-high index rating of 32 for Olympiacos Piraeus against Baskonia in October 2015.

· Lojeski had a career-high 4 steals against Baskonia while playing for Olympiacos in October 2014.

· Vincent Poirier set his career high in steals with 4 in an 85-84 win against Panathinaikos in November 2017.

· The last time Baskonia visited Panathinaikos, Patricio Garino matched his career high in steals with 3 in February 2018.

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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Roster
Thirteen different players have appeared in the starting lineup in EuroLeague games for Panathinaikos 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 12 of his last 13 EuroLeague games.
Calathes has dished at least 5 assists in 13 straight EuroLeague games.
Calathes has scored at least 10 points in four straight and six of his last seven EuroLeague games.
Calathes has posted a performance index rating in double figures in 15 of his last 16 EuroLeague appearances.
DeShaun Thomas has scored in double figures in seven straight EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Nick Calathes leads the league in assists this season with 8.4 per game and is second in steals with 1.7 per game.
Georgios Papagiannis leads the EuroLeague in two-points accuracy this season at 75.56% and Thanasis Antetokounmpo is third at 74.14%.
Records/Milestones
Calathes is ranked sixth on the all-time EuroLeague charts with 252 steals. Rudy Fernandez is fifth with 256.
Calathes ranks eighth all-time with 938 assists. Theo Papaloukas is seventh with 977.
Calathes needs 1 more offensive rebound to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.
James Gist needs 1 more steal to reach 200 for his EuroLeague career.
Gist needs 36 more points to reach 2,000 for his career.
Keith Langford needs 2 more offensive rebounds to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

Roster
Eleven different players have started EuroLeague games for Baskonia this season.
Arturs Kurucs and Sander Raieste are in line to make their respective EuroLeague debuts.
Streaks
Darrun Hilliard has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 EuroLeague games.
Matt Janning has made at least one three-point shot in four straight and 17 of his last 18 games.
Shavon Shields has scored in double figures in six straight EuroLeague games.
Marcelinho Huertas has made 14 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague action.
Vincent Poirier has blocked at least 1 shot in six straight EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Vincent Poirier ranks second in the league in rebounds this season with 7.7 per game and third in offensive rebounds with 3.0 per game.
Records/Milestones
Jayson Granger needs 1 more steal to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
12 - 12
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
Home record vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: 8-3
Away record vs. KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz: 3-9
KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
Home record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 9-3
Away record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 3-8

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 23 November 2018 Regular Season KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 86 - 77 Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
2017-18 08 February 2018 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 80 - 76 KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
2017-18 02 November 2017 Regular Season KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 85 - 84 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2016-17 23 March 2017 Regular Season Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 63 - 72 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2016-17 23 December 2016 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 69 - 68 Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
2015-16 19 April 2016 Playoffs Panathinaikos Athens 75 - 84 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
2015-16 15 April 2016 Playoffs Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz 82 - 78 Panathinaikos Athens
2015-16 13 April 2016 Playoffs Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz 84 - 68 Panathinaikos Athens
2013-14 07 March 2014 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 61 - 68 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
2013-14 10 January 2014 Top 16 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 64 - 72 Panathinaikos Athens
2013-14 29 November 2013 Regular Season Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 79 - 77 Panathinaikos Athens
2013-14 25 October 2013 Regular Season Panathinaikos Athens 95 - 74 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
2010-11 17 February 2011 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 76 - 74 Caja Laboral Vitoria
2010-11 03 February 2011 Top 16 Caja Laboral Vitoria 77 - 70 Panathinaikos Athens
2006-07 04 May 2007 Final Four Panathinaikos 67 - 53 Tau Ceramica
2005-06 12 April 2006 Playoffs Panathinaikos 71 - 74 Tau Ceramica
2005-06 06 April 2006 Playoffs Tau Ceramica 85 - 79 Panathinaikos
2005-06 04 April 2006 Playoffs Panathinaikos 84 - 72 Tau Ceramica
2004-05 23 March 2005 Top 16 Tau Ceramica 86 - 69 Panathinaikos
2004-05 09 March 2005 Top 16 Panathinaikos 93 - 81 Tau Ceramica
2004-05 26 January 2005 Regular Season Tau Ceramica 84 - 82 Panathinaikos
2004-05 01 December 2004 Regular Season Panathinaikos 99 - 95 Tau Ceramica
2002-03 29 January 2003 Regular Season Panathinaikos 86 - 83 Tau Ceramica
2002-03 06 November 2002 Regular Season Tau Ceramica 75 - 76 Panathinaikos