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Bilbao Basket-Real Madrid: The league leaders return to Miribilla after two years away

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NEWS | 17/11/2019 | Edu Bueno

The Whites are looking for a ninth consecutive win in the league, where they are unbeaten (6:30pm CET).
Without time to digest the victory in the Euroleague Clásico last Thursday, Real Madrid now face a complicated game in the league as they hope to stay unbeaten. The league leaders return to Miribilla after two years away to face Bilbao Basket who are new arrivals to the league and are in seventh position. November has been perfect for Laso and his team who have won five games in two competitions. Thompkins is back in the squad while DeckRandolphCauseurReyes and Mejri will not travel.

The Whites face a tough game in one of the most hostile arenas in the league with a great basketball atmosfere. After a season in the league below, Bilbao will want to keep up their good start against the best possible rival: Real Madrid are leaders and unbeatenThey have won their four games away from the WiZink Center (Joventut, Tenerife, Obradoiro and Baskonia). Recent history favors the madridistas with three wins in their last three visits, the last was on the 5th October 2017 thanks to a stellar performance from Randolph (26 points and PIR of 30).

Carroll could play game number 600 for Real Madrid.

Today the strength in depth this squad has will be vital. Injuries to Reyes, Mejri and now Randolph, who took a blow to the knee in el Clásico, have been made worse by Causeur going down with fever. Deck will be rested while Thompkins could make his season debut. In the league, the trio of CampazzoLlull and Tavares are all in double digits for PIR, and have made the Whites the second best offensive side (87.5 point average) and the best defensive side (72.8). Carroll, who rested against Barça, could be key for Laso. He could play game number 600 for the Whites. Defensively they will really need him if they want a ninth consecutive win, as they are up against a tough offensive side.

Everything goes through the defense
The team led by ex-madridista Alex Mumbrú averages 84.9 points per game with a 53.6% accuracy on two point shots. Most of the points come from five players. Rafa Martínez has been crucial on the outside, while the American Brown has an average of 13.1 points. Frenchman Bouteille has been a breakthrough star this year (17.5 points and 50% accuracy on the three). Most of the front court play goes through the exciting newcomer Balvin, alongside the youngster Kulboka. This team has only lost once at home, in the last game day against Gran Canaria. Real Madrid will however be hoping to continue their spectacular run.


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