NEWS | 21/04/2017 | Edu BuenoReal Madrid will be looking to capitalise on home-court advantage once again against Darussafaka, just 48 hours after taking the lead in their play-off tie (9:00pm CEST).
It's 1-0 and nothing more. That's the mantra being adopted by this Real Madrid side who know they've only taken the first step, and that no one game carries more weight than another in a play-off series - even more so if it comes against such dangerous opposition who have already shown they are no walkovers. In squad terms, the Whites are certainly the stronger of the two sides and that proved a crucial factor in the first game. Ayón, Hunter, Draper, Randolph and Lull, all stepped up at different stages to equally devastating effect for Darussafaka.
A key element for Madrid will be winning the battle for the rebound, an area in which they failed in the first clash. The Turks beat them to some 11 offensive rebounds and the Whites' best moments came when they had that somewhat under control. Defense will be crucial too - faced with the quality of Wanamaker, Wilbekin, Clyburn, Anderson and Zisis, the madridistas won't be able to switch off as they did in the first quarter on Wednesday night and they must show determination and energy from the off. Reyes and Nocioni are well rested and could be key players in this second game.
Second game at home - a dead cert
Of their four play-off ties with home advantage in their favour, Real Madrid have won the second game in the series on three occasions - their last three attempts against Anadolu Efes, Olympiacos and Maccabi. They only failed to win against Power Electronics Valencia in the 2010/11 campaign, but still managed to qualify. Tonight, the leaders of the Regular Season can take a huge step towards booking their place in the Final Four.