30 March 2013
Real Madrid must regain the good feelings they have transmitted for the majority of the season against Cajasol at the Palacio in order to prepare for the decisive Euroleague match against Anadolu Efes next Thursday. The Whites, indisputable league leaders, host the team from Seville, which is currently hovering around the relegation positions. If the team led by Pablo Laso records its twenty-fifth victory in the League they will have at least guaranteed home advantage in the quarter-finals of the competition.
The Whites will head out onto the court at the Palacio with extra motivation to make the last matches played at home a thing of the past. Their opponent, Cajasol, mired in a battle to move away from the relegation area (9-17) and with a great ability this season to earn victories on the League’s most difficult courts (Valencia, Bilbao and Málaga), will gauge the condition of Real Madrid for the important match against the Turkish side. History is clearly on the Whites’ side, who have won the last eight clashes between the two sides, the most recent this season in Seville where the Whites imposed themselves on the home side 63-71 with a great performance by Felipe Reyes (nine points and twelve rebounds).
The league leader has its powerful attack, the best in the League, composed of players who exceed an average of ten points (Mirotic, Rudy, Carroll, Reyes and Llull) plus Sergio Rodríguez (9.8) and the three best players in the competition in terms of valuation per minute (Mirotic, Reyes and Llull) available to beat the solid Andalusian defense, which is the opponent’s best chance of getting a positive result at the Palacio. In attack, Aito García Reneses’ players are the worst in the Endesa League, which means that if Real Madrid play well in defense they have a great opportunity to achieve victory number 25, which would at least guarantee them fourth position despite seven rounds remaining until the final.