It is Eurocup Final and Valencia is facing Alba at Pabellon Fuente De San Luis Arena. This is the first teams meeting this season and the first leg of the final. This is an entertaining game, so please review our thoughts here below.
Valencia has won every game in Eurocup since the regular season, catching 18-2 record, the team is well balanced and is favorite of winning Eurocup. Teams leader Matt Thomas average 12.7 points per game, big help comes from Will Thomas avg.11.0 ppg and of course Bojan Dubljevic 10.1 ppg who also has the best result of rebounds 5.4 per game along with Mike Tobey 5.3 per game. Spanish game is built on defense, long attacks, many passes, looking for an open player, their most creative player Sam Von Rossom averages 4.9 assists per game, and whole team averages 20.4 assist per game.
Also, Valencia has very good result attacking from close range, they shoot 2pt on 58.1%, which is quite impressive, but this team also has many players who can from the three-point range such as M.Thomas 45.3%, B.Dubljevic 44.2% and S.Van Rossom 43.5%. This team was favored to win Eurocup not without a reason, its players know each other, they know how to win, for some its not the first final, and they are proving that they deserve to be where they are.
Different than Valencia, Alba has struggled their way to the final, first opponent after top-16 has been Unicaja, although Alba lost first game at home, they prevailed at Spain with impressive victory 81-101. Alba’s game is based on offense. Whole team average 88.5 points per game, they like to play fast and aggressive. Teams leader Rokas Giedraitis averages 14.8 points per game and also likes shooting from 3 point yard. Alba scores 3pts with 42%.
It is a very dangerous team when we talk about offense, they also make 32.2 rebounds per game, 10.1 of them on offense, leader of rebounds is Luke Sikma avg 6.7 per game and 11.9 points per game. However, if the team fails to play a well fast game, it becomes very difficult to win.
These teams played twice last year in Euro Cup. Valencia was stronger both times and won with at least 5 points difference. In total, Valencia won 4 out of 5 last games between them.
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