Panathinaikos vs. Larisa Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jun. 08, 2022 18:30 CET
Panathinaikos did not manage to finish the job against Larisa on the road, and now they will have to win at home in game number five in order to reach the Greek League finals.
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Another gloomy season is behind Panathinaikos. It was already clear in January that they had no chance to qualify for the Euroleague quarterfinals, so head coach Dimitris Priftis was fired few months later. In the Greek Cup finals, they were defeated by Olympiacos, while they have yet to qualify for the domestic championship finals. Due to poor results, general manager Dimitris Diamantidis and Fragiskos Alvertis were also sacked, so a new reconstruction will take place within the summer. Since Zeljko Obradovic left the club back in 2012, Panathinaikos do not belong in the very top of European basketball. This semifinal series against Larisa speaks best of how bad Panathinaikos is. They allowed a weak opponent to defeat them twice, so it is possible that they’ll miss Greek League finals. Another problem for Panathianikos is the lack of quality in Greek players, as it turned out that Ioannis Papapetrou and Georgios Papagiannis are not good enough to build a championship team around them, while in the last few seasons, Panathinaikos signed many foreign players that didn’t match expectations.
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Larisa made a historic achievement with promotion in the Greek Super League back in 2019, and this season they managed to go even further and even qualify for the domestic championship semifinals. They finished the regular season in sixth place, and then knocked out Kolossos in two games in the quarterfinals. Shooting guard Stefan Moody and small forward Jalen Hudson are the two best players of Larisa this season and when they are in good shooting mode, they can create problems for all defenders in Greece. Croatian center Marin Maric is playing perhaps his best season in career, and there are several other foreigners such as Janis Berzins, Ousman Krubally and Devonta Green. By playing in the semifinals, Larisa exceeded all their expectations and goals for this season, and if they managed to make it to the finals, it would be a huge blowout for Panathinaikos. They have nothing to lose in the decisive fifth game in OAKA and it is certain that they will leave everything they have on the floor in order to make another historical result.
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In the regular season, Panathinaikos beat Larissa both times, but the current score is 2-2 in the semifinals. The team that wins the fifth decisive game will play against Olympiacos in finals.
Stefan Jovic is injured and won’t play for Panathinaikos, while Ioannis Papapetrou is questionable. Devonte Green missed last game for Larisa and he’s game time decision for the fifth game.
PAO vs. Larisa Prediction
In two games played in Athens in this semifinals, Panathinaikos won by 10 and 12 points, but in game number three they allowed Larisa to cut the lead late in the fourth quarter. The approach will now have to be much more serious in order not to allow any possibility for sensation.
Date and Time: 08.06.2022 18:30 CET
Pick: Panathinaikos -13.5
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