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Real Madrid-Unicaja: the league leaders go up against the second-best defense in the competition

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NEWS | 10/11/2019 | Nacho Díaz

The Whites will be looking for their eighth consecutive win at the WiZink Center to continue their unbeaten run (6:30pm CET).
The league comes back to the WiZink Center with a game which has become a domestic classic: Real Madrid-Unicaja. The Whites come into the clash having picked up a convincing win at a difficult court, the Stark Arena, against KK Crvena zvezda. Laso will have the usual 13 players available from recent squads, with the absences of Thompkins, Reyes and Mejri.

Real Madrid have an iron grip on their domestic competition so far. They've won all of their seven games (three at home and four away). They lead the way on PIR to date (103.7), and sit second in terms of points scored (88.2) and rebounds (39.8), while boasting the league's third-best defense (average of 73.1 points conceded).

The madridistas have been dominant in these two teams' clashes at the Palacio.

Laso's men will be in for a tough test of their offensive prowess against a Unicaja Málaga side who have conceded the second-least number of points in the competition (72.9). That's why, among other things, the accuracy from the 6.75 is sure to be key - and Real Madrid top the table in this regard with 43.7%. It will be a case of continuing the form they showed in the final quarter of the Euroleague clash in Belgrade, where they sunk an impressive 7 from 9.

Fine run for the Malaga team
Unicaja land in Madrid with four wins in the last five league games, two of them away at Baskonia and Valencia Basket. But they'll be up against history too on their visit to the WiZink Center: They've won there only five times in the league, the last coming back in May 2018. The visitors' chances will lie in disrupting the Whites' fast-paced game. Josh Adams, who creates, plays and scores points (15.8), will face a race to be fit after taking a knock on his left knee.