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Real Madrid-MoraBanc Andorra: Final game of the year at the WiZink Center

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NEWS | 22/12/2019 | PHOTOGRAPHER: Edu Bueno

The leaders want a third win of the week in this Euroleague double header (5:00pm CET).
36 wins in 38 games. That is the balance Real Madrid have at the WiZink Center in 2019. Tonight, they play the last game of the year in front of the home fans with the hope of staying top prior to el Clásico next Sunday in Barcelona. The Whites, who have just won their last two Euroleague games this week against Olimpia Milán and Baskonia, and they host MoraBanc Andorra in the playoffs as they warm up for the Copa del Rey. Llull, Reyes and Carroll, will not feature for Laso.

This will be a tough game to see out the year at home. Their rivals are seventh in the table with a balance of 7 wins and 6 losses. It will be tiring given this is the third in five days and fifth in ten days. Real Madrid have some big injury losses but have players enough to compete well. Rotations will be a vital aspect for the league leaders here. MoraBanc Andorra come to Madrid having clinched 4 wins in the last 6 days and they are one of the only teams that knows how to win at the WiZink in recent years. It was during their visit last December.

Real Madrid have won 15 games at the WiZink Center this season.

Real Madrid face a rival Who has real offensive guile, and can boast some of the most turnovers in the competition. They are also injury hit, including center Diagne (the other two injuries are Sy and Tyson Pérez). Krampelj could make his debut. The likes of Hannah, Senglin, Todorovic, Jelinek and Walker will all feature. The Madrid defense, who have the second fewest points conceded in the league, and will have the task of stopping two really talented centers in the paint, namely Musli and Clark.

39th game of the year at the Palacio
Laso's team have a key factor in their favor: the Palacio. This will be game number 39 in 2019 ad boast some spectacular numbers: 36 wins and two defeats. This season they are unbeaten at home, winning 6 in the league and 9 in Euroleague. In the build-up, Laso praised the madridista fans: “We always feel that the WiZink pushes us. This is the last game of the year and we want people to enjoy it. We want to win and give the fans a special night”. Here's to the Whites continuing their rich vein of form.

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