NEWS | 16/01/2020 | Edu BuenoThe Whites take on a rival who they beat in the last three visits (6:00pm CET).
The madridistas face another tough away game. This time, they take on the other Moscow team in the Euroleague: Khimki. A team who were previously in the Final Four. Having started quite well, Khimki is now out of the running following nine losses in the last eleven games. They came undone against Zenit St. Petersburg and Valencia Basket in the last two home games. Real Madrid are going through a different dynamic: 13 victories in 14 games. Against CSKA they came close to winning the game that went down to the wire and was a case of a few points made and lost in the last dying moments (60-55).
Laso and his team need to get their offensive rhythm back. In defense, they played well against CSKA, but going forward they lacked something. They now face a rival who concede an average of 88.1 points on average and they will need that offensive accuracy back. Khimki concede a lot but score a lot too (86.2). The Euroleague top scorer, Shved (21.3) leads a great squad. Jovic, Timma and Bertans are formidable. They also boast front court options of Booker, Evans, Gill and Jerebko.
The first round sets the tone
Real Madrid won by 28 points at the WiZink Center on game day 9 (104-76). They dominated the rebound and attacked well with 5 players in double digits for scoring and one more in PIR. Laso will not have Randolph (the best on the day) or Rudy, who did not travel to Moscow, but he will have Llull and Deck. They both came back from injury to face CSKA.