Panathinaikos Lose to Efes, Paired with Laboral in Playoffs

euroleague top 16 - round 14

Efes 91 - 86 Panathinaikos

Panathinaikos lost in Turkey to Efes 91-86 claiming 3rd place in the Euroleague Top 16 Group E. They will be paired with Yianni Bourousis' Laboaral Kutxa in the playoffs best of 5 series, without home-court advantage. 

After today's Euroleague results the match-ups are set for the Euroleague Playoffs. Panathinaikos, who finished third after today's defeat, will play Laboral Kutxa from Spain, who finished second in Group F during the Top 16. The Spaniards will have home court advantage with the first game, from the best of 5 series, set for April 13th in Spain. 

Laboral was Olympiacos' opponent in the Top 16 and finished with a 9-5 record, losing to Olympiacos on both occasions. Like Laboral Kutxa, Panathinaikos finished with a 9-5 record in the Top 16 while placing third in Group E. The winner of the series (first to win 3 games) will play the winner of the Fenerbahce - Real Madrid series in the Final-4 leaving the possibility of former Panathinaikos coach, Zelijko Obrandovic, to face his old club.

The other match-ups in the Euroleague Playoffs are: CKSA Moscow - Crvena Zvezda; Fenerbahce - Real Madrid; Lokomotiv Kuban - Barcelona. Olympiacos was eliminated from the Euroleague after today's results ending an 11 year run of reaching the playoffs.  

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