Real Madrid have a chance to reach the playoffs final series by defeating Caja Laboral at the Palacio de los Deportes in Game 5 of the semis. They will rely on their home crowd to carry them through to the next round. Real have only lost two games out of 20 at their arena this season.
Small details are deciding the outcome in the series. Real Madrid have been more solid under the iron, grabbing 12 more rebounds per clash thanks to Tomic's and Begic's intimidation skills. They've forced Caja Laboral to score points from outside the key through Lampe, but they've also had a solid game under the iron thanks to the efforts of Milko Bjelica in detriment of Teletovic, who has been fiercely marked by Velickovic and Reyes. The latter also has a chance to become the all-time rebounder of the playoffs by making three more grabs.
The Whites' defence has also been key. The team has won its games in the series always with more than 80 points, while losing them by conceding less than 70. Laso's side has always handled the game better, but it is having too many turn-overs, which Caja Laboral have been using to lower the pace to their benefit.
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Nole Velickovic is a decisive player of late, being Real's main man in offence thanks to his great mobility and quality game under the iron (he averages 16 points per clash). Sergio Rodriguez is also having a key role and Mirotic is very motivated after his recent recovery. Nevertheless, all eyes should be on Prigioni, N. Bjelica, San Emeterio and Teletovic, who are all capable of turning the score around in no time for Caja Laboral.