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Anadolu Efes-Real Madrid: The Whites take on opposition in the midst of a fine run

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NEWS | 07/12/2018 | Edu Bueno

Llull is back for the European champions as they face a team who have won their last five consecutive games (6:30pm CET).
Real Madrid head to the Sinan Erdem Dome for a demanding clash with Anadolu Efes on Euroleague match day eleven. It’s third against fourth, both tied on eight wins apiece (the Whites with better basket average) as well as a meeting of the competition’s top two sides in PIR ratings (110.2 for the madridistas; 103.8 for the Turks). Llull’s return after three weeks out will be a boon for the Whites as they look to pick up their ninth win of the European campaign.

It’s sure to be a real test for Real Madrid, who head to Istanbul hoping to bring a run of two consecutive Euroleague defeats to an end after previously enjoying an eight-match winning streak. In their way is an
Anadolu Efes team who romped to a 100% record in November (5 wins) and have only lost to Zalgiris on home turf. But Laso’s men have proven they can find the winning formula in Turkey: three wins in their last three visits. It’s five in a row since 2013-14 if we include games at the WiZink Center.

Taylor could make his 100th Euroleague appearance for Real Madrid.

Eternally hoping to make the Final Four, the Turkish team look to have found their way this year and no longer seem to have great players and no formula. This will be a physical game there will be real danger on the three-point shot (44.9% accuracy). They average 87.4 points per game, just less than Real Madrid (90.2). Their defense is very strong and there the whites just concede fewer (78.8 versus 81.4). In the paint, Dunston provides strength and Moerman gives versatility. They will be worthy rivals for Tavares, Reyes, Randolph, Ayón etc.
Llull’s return
This is great news for Real Madrid. Laso said beforehand: “Sergio is doing fine, he’s going to play. If he has to do it for 40 minutes, he will do so”. The guard is back after five games out to balance out the hosts’ outside power including Beaubois, Larkin, Simon and Micic. There will be an MVP duel: Tavares, MVP in October; and Micic in November. Taylor could reach 100 games for the Whites in the Euroleague. This is a great way to start the last month of the year for Real Madrid.