NEWS | 24/01/2019 | Nacho DíazThe European champions got the better of the Turkish side in the first clash after a spectacular comeback (9:00pm CET).
Tonight will also see Real Madrid enjoy the return of one of the key elements of their recent successes in Jaycee Carroll. The Wyoming-born ace has recovered from a muscular injury which has kept him off court since the end of 2018 and saw him miss the last four Euroleague games. He'll bring even more firepower to the Whites' offense, which already averages 85.9 points per match, almost identical figures to Anadolu Efes (85.6) for a clash between the competition's two highest-rated sides.
Real Madrid are very well aware of the difficulty of tonight's opposition, having had to dig deep to beat them in the first clash (82-84), coming from 15 points down in the third quarter in a spectacular comeback led by Ayón, the round's MVP. Tonight is sure to be a different story, though, as the teams cross paths for the 28th time in the Euroleague.
In the upper echelons
The Palacio has not been a happy hunting ground for Anadolu Efes in the past. They have won on just two occasions at the WiZink Center (the last one coming 14 years ago) and have lost on their last 11 visits. Beaubois, Moerman and Micic are the trio to lead the line for the Turkish team, who head to Madrid sitting in fourth place in the table off the back of four consecutive wins. Ataman's side are the tournament's best on two-point shots and second for three-pointers. On the other hand, their offensive rebound has proved weak so far and Real Madrid will be hoping to make the most of that to up the intensity of the clash.