Real Madrid - Unicaja

Unicaja-Real Madrid: all out for the second away win of the week

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NEWS | 03/02/2019 | Edu Bueno

The Whites head to the Martín Carpena in the League just two days on from their triumph in Turkey over Darussafaka (7:00pm CET).
The next stop on the Whites' run of three away games in eight days comes in Malaga. Fresh from their trip to Istanbul where they picked up their 17th Euroleague win against Darussafaka (82-86), this evening Real Madrid head to one of the toughest courts in the League to take on Unicaja. Rudy and Reyes are back in the squad and it could prove a special game for the captain who has the chance to overtake Creus as the player with the most all-time League appearances.

It's a huge clash at the Martín Carpena and what will surely be a demanding tie for Real Madrid, who are looking for their fourth win in a row in the competition. They've won here on their last two visits, and the only previous meeting this season also went in their favour with an 89-82 win in the first round. Tavares was crucial in that game with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Unicaja are in somewhat of a slump, having lost their last two in the League and another at home in the Eurocup against Valencia on Thursday.

Rudy and Reyes are back in the squad after sitting out the Euroleague clash.

The game pits the best (Real Madrid, 88.5 points per game) against third-best (Unicaja, 84.3) offense in the League, while both teams boast a very deep squad. Thompkins (14.4), Llull, who was forced to come off as a precaution on Friday (13.5), and Carroll (10.9), have been the attacking lynchpins for their team so far. As for Unicaja, it's Jaime Fernández (12), Wiltjer (11.8) and Roberts (10,7).

Defense and rebound
These are two fundamental elements of any madridista success. The Whites will have to make sure they reach their top defensive levels against opposition who can be extremely dangerous in the perimeter with triple specialists such as Salin, Waczynski and the new recruit Boatright. Inside, Real Madrid boast an advantage on the rebound (averaging seven more per game) and in terms of potential for rotation but Casemiro's team also have a complete and versatile interior game. The Whites head for their final away day in the League ahead of the Copa.