Forwards Ioannis Papapetrou of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens and Will Thomas of AS Monaco are veteran leaders on their teams. Although the two often start at different positions – Papapetrou and small forward and Thomas at power forward, their versatile games and tendencies to seek mismatches mean that they will find themselves squaring off time and time again on Tuesday in the Greek capital.
Major Matchup: Papapetrou, Panathinaikos vs. Thomas, Monaco
Papapetrou is third on the Greens in scoring (10.9 ppg.) and assists (2.4 apg.) while also contributing 3.1 rebounds per game. The scoring numbers could easily rise as he is shooting a career-low 23.8% on three-pointers, even though Papapetrou takes more than 40% of his field-goal attempts from behind the arc. He scored 16 against Monaco when they met on opening night.
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Thomas is a more efficient scorer than Papapetrou, though he attempts fewer shots. He has been worth 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while making 60.7% of his two-pointers and 38.5% of his threes. Though Monaco is unlikely to turn to Thomas to carry a big scoring burden, his ability to stretch the floor and make the right play when needed is valuable for Monaco and could prove decisive in this game.