|Unicaja vs Panathinaikos Live Stream|
A pivotal game in Group E takes place on Friday in Malaga, Spain, where Unicaja hosts Panathinaikos Athens at Martin Carpena Arena. The visiting Greens have won two in a row to improve to 6-3 and grab a share of third place in the group.
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Unicaja has lost its last three home games to fall to 4-5. Nevertheless, Unicaja remains in control of its destiny and can realistically reach the playoffs, but its path to the next stage needs to start soon and could not get any better than a victory over Panathinaikos. Moreover, Coach Jasmin Repesa will instruct his team to try and win by at least 5, since Panathinaikos defeated Unicaha 78-73 when these teams last met in January. James Gist, whom Panathinaikos acquired from Unicaja prior to the Top 16 in a trade for forward Andy Panko, scored 17 points to fuel the Greens to that win. The centerpieces of the Unicaja attack are its talented guard tandem of Marcus Williams and Earl Calloway and big man Luka Zoric. Williams and Calloway are joined by shooter Txemi Urtasun, do-it-all swingman Sergi Vidal and defensive ace Zoran Dragic in the backcourt and they will need all the help they can get in shutting down the visitors’ duo of Dimitris Diamantidis and Roko Ukic, who have both been in great form lately. Michael Bramos and Marcus Banks are also key parts of a tough Panathinaikos backcourt. The Greens are deep in the paint too, where shot-blocking ace Stephane Lasme, low-post monster Sofoklis Schortsanitis, veteran Kostas Tsartsaris and Gist form a strong committee. Zoric is joined by centers Fran Vazquez, Kosta Perovic and Augusto Cesar Lima in a versatile frontline. Panko and Krunoslav Simon play different, but equally important team-oriented roles at small forward for Unicaja. Panko will have it interesting guarding former teammate Jonas Maciulis. Unicaja played well against Panathinaikos in January and lost mostly due to a 9-0 fourth-quarter run. The things Unicaja did well in that game were outrebounding the Greens (37-45) with Perovic playing a big role and limiting the turnovers (8). Repesa will be sure to have his team focused on those keys. It is safe to assume that Panathinaikos boss Argiris Pedoulakis will ride the wave of success that Diamantidis and Ukic have been on, while looking to get Schortsanitis involved inside too. Ultimately, all signs turn to another close game that could come down to key fourth quarter plays again.