NEWS | 14/10/2018 | Nacho DíazThe Whites, who are unbeaten this season, sit top of the league table (12:30pm CEST).
Dominating the numbers
Expectations are high. Laso recognises that “the team must continue to improve and grow”, despite the great figures the Whites have recorded at the beginning of the campaign. Leading the league table, second best offense, averaging 88.3 points per game, the best rebounders (40 on average) and fewest turnovers (just nine per game). And add to all that the point scoring exhibition last time out when they netted 109 points in their first European fixture.
The Whites head into their third league game at the WiZink Center, where they have not dropped below 88 points scored so far this campaign. Randolph (12.3) and Llull (11.7) are the standout players in offense for Real Madrid, who have already given game time to 14 players, with only Thompkins and Pantzar yet to play. This spread of minutes on court will be key in coping with the intense fixture list faced by Laso's men in the winter months.
Joventut come into the clash with a 1-1 record after their win at Manresa last time out and one postponed game yet to play. If they're to pick up a positive result in Madrid they'll have to break a 14-0 run in favour of the Whites in recent years. Badalona's men have not won at the Palacio for ten years.
Joventut are dealing with doubts surrounding Todorovic and López-Arostegui, alongside difficulties in their offensive game (worst offense with an average of 66 points), quite the opposite to their defense (second best, conceding just 70.5 points). They have strengthened well on the inside with the arrival of American center, Harangody, who could make his debut; Laprovittola, Mathias and Birgander are the guys who score the points.