This is El Classico, this Spanish derby, this Euroleague match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, at Palau Blaugrana Arena, the home of Barca. It is an interesting match, so please review our thoughts here below.
Currently, Barcelona is in the 5th place of the Euroleague standings (14-9) and are 2 wins away from securing this playoff spot. They are playing very well lately as they have won 8 of their last 10 games. Their offense is not very good, but Barca is an extremely strong team defensively, as they allow 76ppg and rank in the 2nd place in this category. Barca plays physical basketball, they make many rebounds (35.6rpg) and draws 21.4 fouls per game. Barca has much depth as 7 players score more than 7 points a game. Recently, Barca has left basketball experts shook as they have won Copa del Rey (Spanish cup) against Real Madrid. Barcelona’s leaders this season: Thomas Huertel (11.1ppg, 4.8apg, 2.1rpg), Kevin Seraphin (9.3ppg, 4.1rpg), Ante Tomic (9.0ppg, 4.4rpg).
Currently, Real is in the 3rd place of the Euroleague standings (18-5) and has already qualified the playoffs. Although they have not been playing well, this is a very dangerous team and are able to win against every team. Madrid is a very good offense as they are at the top 3 in every major statistical category (ppg, rpg, apg). They are also a very good defensive team, Madrid allows only 76.7ppg. Real Madrid’s leaders this season: Anthony Randolph (13.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 47% 3FG%), Sergio Llull (10.6ppg, 3.7apg), Gustavo Ayon (8.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.6apg).
Recently, these two teams met each in Copa Del Rey final. Barcelona came up victorious only by 1 point. There has been a scandal because of the referees’ job. Real Madrid’s front office, players and coaches were very mad and Real should go in this game ready to show that they are better than Barca. Last game in Euroleague by a huge Real Madrid’s victory. Real crushed Barcelona in Madrid by result 92-65. The leaders in this game for Madrid were: Trey Thompkins (17pts, 7rebs), Anthony Randolph (16pts, 2rebs), Jaycee Carroll (15pts, 1ast). Barcelona‘s leading scorers were: Thomas Heurtel (16pts, 5ast), Kevin Pangos (11pts, 2ast).
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