NEWS STORY. 31/10/2021. Edu Bueno
The demanding fixture calendar sees Real Madrid go from Russia straight to Vitoria, covering thousands of kilometres, with little time to rest in between. The Whites bring to an end one of the most demanding weeks of the season so far this evening, as they head to Baskonia, a fierce opponent in the league. Our side will be aiming to record a seventh win in the competition, after claiming nine consecutive wins against the team from Vitoria, five of which coming at the Buesa Arena.
Both teams go into the weekend on the back on a EuroLeague double-header in Russia. Real Madrid racked up one win against Zenit, while Baskonia came back empty handed. In the league, Madrid had won its last six matchups before slipping to defeat at home to Gran Canaria in the last round of fixtures. Meanwhile, Ivanovic’s side has lost four of its last five games and currently sit in ninth place in the standings. Pablo Laso’s side is the most valued of the competition (93.3) but will have to improve in attack and put on a better performance than those in recent games and will be looking to Tavares, Poirier and Yabusele to spearhead the team.
Video.Baskonia-Real Madrid: third away match of the week
The rebounding battle between two of the best teams in the league, as well as the fitness levels and the recovery after the heavy workload this week will also be important factors that will have an impact. Baskonia has been scoring less than in previous years (75.7) but the side still poses a big threat and possesses very talented players, although Peters, Raieste and Giedraitis are unavailable for the clash.
Without the Lithuanian, who is the most valued player in the competition, the scoring from the perimeter is distributed among Granger, Baldwin IV, Fontecchio and Marinkovic. In the paint, Costello is a well-rounded center and Nnoko and Enoch provide the power. Madrid will be without Randolph, Thompkins and Williams-Goss, and will have to be at its best in defence, where the side has only conceded an average of 70.1 points per game.
Madrid aiming to continue run
Real Madrid has not lost a league game to Baskonia since the 2017-18 campaign. In this time, the side has recorded nine victories, five of which have been at the Buesa Arena, the venue for this evening's game. The last win came last season by 74-85 with an outstanding performance by Tavares, who scored 37 points. This is the last game of October for our team, the eleventh of the month.