Real Madrid – Barcelona. The Catalans have one hundred percent in the Basketball Euroleague with opponents from Spain

Real Madrid – Barcelona. The Catalans have one hundred percent in the Basketball Euroleague with opponents from Spain

Real Madrid – Barcelona is without a doubt the biggest match of the week in European basketball. The two teams will face each other on Thursday, at 22:00, in the 29th round of the Euroleague. By the end of the regular season there are 6 rounds left to play, and the Catalans are leaders and have an advance of 3 victories over the big rivals.

Real Madrid (17-11) has little chance of overtaking Barcelona until the end of the regular season. But for Pablo Laso & Co, all that matters is to win this battle. “If I hadn’t thought about winning, I would have gone on vacation,” the coach said earlier this week.

Beyond the idea of ​​defeating their great rival, Los Blancos have seriously pulled to finish in the Top 4. They are a long distance from CSKA Moscow, Milan and Bayern Munich, all with 18 victories today, but the battle is as can be tight. Two other teams are tied with Real Madrid, it is about the representatives of Turkey, Anadolu Efes and Fenerbahce, probably the most fit teams of the moment in the competition. A ranking in the Top 4 seems very important for all these groups, because it ensures the advantage of their own field in the playoffs. Of these groups, only three will be “winners” and will probably complete the “square of aces” with FC Barcelona, ​​so the consistency during this period will make the difference.

Real Madrid have lost 3 of the last 5 matches, but in the last game they defeated another team from the play-off zone, Zenit St. Peterbsurg, 75-71, right on its field. Also, in the last evolution on his own field, he made an almost perfect match from a defensive point of view with Zalgiris Kaunas, managing to win 70-58. Pablo Laso doesn’t have the full squad yet, but he has good signs in terms of defense. Tavares and Usman Garuba lead the team in defense, and Real limited their opponents to 51.2% on 2-point throws. Both players will play a key role in this game as well, according to the official website of the Euroleague.

FC Barcelona (20-8) can take the decisive step towards winning the regular season, with a victory on the field of Real Madrid. Until the end, he will have three more games with opponents in the play-off zone, with Milan, Fenerbahce and Bayern Munich.

The Madrid game comes immediately after Juan Laporta became the club’s president again. And one of the first visits of the new head of the Catalans was to the trainings of the team prepared by Sarunas Jasikevicius. On this occasion, Laporta also talked to the star Pau Gasol. It is still unclear whether the Spanish star will make his debut in Madrid. What is certain is that he passed the medical tests well, and on Monday he trained for the first time in Palau Blaugrana with the team.

FC Barcelona arrives in Madrid after two easy victories, with Panathinaikos (85-77, away) and Baskonia (71-57, at home). The Catalans made their last game easy after the first quarter, won 25-4. If they prevail in this meeting as well, they will finish one hundred percent in the six games with the representatives of Spain this season. Real Madrid is at the opposite pole, it has no victory in the current season, in the Euroleague, with Barcelona, ​​Baskonia and Valencia.

Prediction: Real Madrid – Barcelona Over 150.5 @ 1.55 with

Good to know

  • Real Madrid and Barcelona face for the 28th time in the Euroleague, after 2000. Los Blancos have a small advantage, 14-13.
  • In the round match, the Catalans won a pretty close fight, with 79-72.
  • In the last four direct confrontations in the Euroleague, the team with the status of host has prevailed.
  • The most recent meeting between the two teams took place in the Spanish Cup final, less than a month ago. Barcelona won the trophy 88-73.
  • This season, in all competitions, Barcelona is 3-1 with Real Madrid.

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