- Liga ACB
- Fernando Buesa Arena, Spain
- December 30, 2018, 18:30 UKT
Two teams with different records over the last five games are meeting each other on Thursday in the place where the 2018/19 Euroleague Final 4 will be held. The tickets have been already sold, in less than 24 hours after they have been released. The team on the rise, Baskonia (6-7) welcome a team that is looking bad at this moment, Barcelona.
Baskonia started the season pretty bad, but they have better results over the last weeks after Velimir Perasovic on the bench has replaced Pedro Martinez. The leaders of the team are Shenghelia (15.3 points per game) followed by Poirier (9.2 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game) and Darrun Hillard (9.4 points per game). The team is doing good in the Spanish league, and also improved in the Euroleague, but not enough yet to be on a playoff spot. In Euroleague, Baskonia is ranked 10th, with seven wins and eight losses. Their last game played was on Thursday, when Baskonia beat Khimki, in Russia. In ACB, Baskonia is 2nd, with ten wins and three losses, two wins behind the leaders, Barcelona.
With no significant additions over the last summer, Pablo Laso is still keeping Real in the top of all standings. In the past two years, the team has lost their leaders, both choosing the NBA path: Sergio Rodríguez (76rs) and No2 pick last season, Luka Doncic (Dallas). With a starting 5 averaging more than 29 years, Real Madrid is beating anyone else with their experience up to this moment. With Llull injured, Real had a bad period, losing three games in a row, and was found in a bad situation at the beginning of the 4th quarter in Istanbul, when Efes was leading on home court by 14 points, but the experience of Ayon helped Real make another great comeback, 84-82. Ayon scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Llull scored 12 points. After that win, Real won other 5 out of the last seven games.
Baskonia Team News
The entire team is available for this match.
Real Team News
Kuzmic is out for this meeting.
The bookies priced Real with 1st chance to win, odds around 1.7, while Baskonia is priced around 2.2 to win this one. Baskonia did not lose any game so far in Liga ACB, being on a 6-0 winning streak, while real won 3 out of the five games played on the road.
We will count on Baskonia to win this one @ 2.25 (Betfair)