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Real Madrid v Maccabi: first of three match-ups at WiZink Center

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NEWS | 18/11/2020 | Edu Bueno

The team is aiming to extend its run and record a ninth straight win (6:30pm CET).
The three-game weeks are back on the agenda for Real Madrid, who faces a EuroLeague double-match week and the latest league contest in the space of five days at the WiZink Center. Tonight sees the Whites host Maccabi, before facing Fenerbahçe on Friday and Sunday's bout against Baxi Manresa. The madridistas will be vying for a fourth straight win in the European competition against the Tel Aviv-based team and a ninth straight win, including league games. Tavares is in line to make his 100th EuroLeague appearance in Madrid colours. 
 
Pablo Laso's charges head into the match in confident mood following the wins over Bayern Munich, Zalgiris and Crvena zvezda. Maccabi is sure to put the Whites' run to the test. The Israelis have been more inconsistent at the start of the competition, having recorded one win less than Real Madrid (three). The guests downed Zalgiris by a 28-point margin in the last round, but that win came on the back of back-to-back defeats, against Fenerbahçe and Anadolu Efes. In terms of performances, the two teams have posted similar statistics. Both sides net an average of 80 points per game, with the Whites registering better shooting percentages, whilst the visitors have a better defensive record.

Real Madrid has prevailed in its last five match-ups against Maccabi.

However, the madridistas have been on their best defensive form in recent match-ups, limiting Zalgiris and Urbas Fuenlabrada to 67 and 68 points respectively. The defense is set to be a key area against opponents who are formidable in attack. Sfairopoulos's men have some prolific scorers on the outside, with the likes of Wilbekin, Dorsey and Bryant. Meanwhile, on the inside, they combine physical strength and versatility with Zizic, Hunter, Bender and Caloiaro. Madrid will have to make the most of its biggest asset: its strength in depth. Seven of the host's players are in double digits in the scoring and PIR stakes, led by Thompkins (12.5 points) and Tavares (PIR of 14.1). 
 
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This contest is brimming with history. Real Madrid and Maccabi are set to face off for the 61st time, between European Cup and EuroLeague matches. Under its current name, the Whites hold the upper hand with a record of 17-10 and have come out on top in the last five meetings. It's now time for the team to extend that record in the first of a trio of games at the WiZink Center this week.

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