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Barcelona vs Panathinaikos Euroleague predictions, betting tips and match preview: Barca tests Greens in opener

Lorenzo Gahol in Basketball 11 Oct 2017
Juan Carlos Navarro (credit: PEDJA MILOSAVLJEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Barcelona vs Panathinaikos Euroleague predictions, betting tips and match preview. Barcelona kicks off the new Euroleague season against Panathinaikos at the Palau Blaugrana on Friday.

Barcelona vs Panathinaikos Predictions

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Barcelona Lassa is coming off an injury-plagued 2016-17 season where it missed the Euroleague playoffs for the first time in more than a decade and failed to win any trophies on the domestic front. 

This resulted in several changes in personnel in the offseason. Head coach Georgios Bartzokas was sacked in June and has been replaced by Sito Alonso, who coached Baskonia last season. 

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Also gone are Tyrese Rice, Justin Doellman, Stratos Perperoglou, Brad Oleson, Marcus Eriksson and Alex Renfroe. 

Left to carry the Catalan giants this season are Juan Carlos Navarro, Ante Tomic, Victor Claver, Pau Ribas, Aleksandar Vezenkov and Petteri Koponen. Navarro, who became the first player in Euroleague history to score 4,000 points last year, is entering his 17th season in the top-tier league.

Among the key players signed by Barcelona in the offseason were Adam Hanga, Kevin Seraphin, Rakim Sanders, Phil Pressey, Pierre Oriola, Adrien Moerman and Thomas Heurtel. 

Unlike Barcelona, Panathinaikos reached the Euroleague playoffs last season only to be swept by eventual champion Fenerbahce in the best-of-five series. The Greens made up for that loss by winning the Greek League and Greek Cup titles.

Panathinaikos lost Ioannis Bourousis, Mike James, Demetris Nichols and James Feldeine in the offseason but Chris Singleton, KC Rivers and Nick Calathes all return along with head coach Xavi Pascual, who onced called the shots for Barcelona. 

Also back are Nikos Pappas, James Gist and Kenny Gabriel. Among Panathinaikos' new recruits Matt Lojeski, Marcus Denmon, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Ian Vougioukas, Lukas Lekavicius and Zach Auguste.

Barcelona and Panathinaikos split their two meetings last season with each team winning at home. We are backing the hosts to win this duel of former Euroleague champions. 

Barcelona vs Panathinaikos Live Stream Links


Barcelona vs Panathinaikos is being streamed live online by bookmaker bet365. The firm have the match available to all customers, including those in the UK, on their live streaming player, which can be found via the IN PLAY section of the website. The only requirement to watch the live stream is to have a funded bet365 account. Once registered, simply go to the IN PLAY section of the website at 20:00 BST on Friday, October 13 and click on the Barcelona vs Panathinaikos live stream.

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Barcelona vs Panathinaikos Game Notes


  • Barcelona is coming off an injury-plagued season
  • Adam Hanga, Thomas Heurtel and Kevin Seraphin are among Barcelona's new recruits
  • Panathinaikos was swept by Fenerbahce in last year's playoffs
  • Chris Singleton and Nick Calathes are back to lead the Greens
  • Xavi Pascual will coach against his former team
  • Barcelona and Panathinaikos split their two meetings last season

Barcelona vs Panathinaikos Predictions


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