NEWS STORY. 25/11/2021. Edu Bueno
As unlikely as it may seem, Real Madrid find themselves in the unusual position of having to play just a single game all week ahead of the international break. It's sure to be a tough trip to Baskonia's home court, where the Whites won convincingly in the league just one month ago. Today, the encounter comes in the Euroleague, on matchday twelve, as the team looks to close out November with a 100% record - seven from seven so far. Should they win, Laso's boys would end the day out in front at the top of the table and set their best winning run of the season in the competition, which currently stands at 4.
Over the course of this perfect month, Real Madrid have won all four Euroleague games (Bayern, Zalgiris, Asvel and Crvena zvezda), two of which were tough away trips to Munich and Villeurbanne. The clash at the Buesa Arena will be no less difficult. Currently sitting joint top of the league (9-2), our team will want to take a fifth successive victory and ninth from the last 10 games. Their opponents Baskonia are lying in fourteenth place (4-7) having endured a poor spell of four consecutive defeats, but they easily saw off Crvena zvezda and fought to the end against CSKA last time out. Spahija's team, who have replaced Ivanovic, are always hugely competitive, especially on home turf. That said, Madrid did come out on top on their league visit back on 31 October, with a solid 65-83 victory led by Tavares, Hanga and Yabusele each on a PIR of 17.
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The madridistas are showing impressive balance in their play so far. They're averaging almost 80 points per game, 10 more than Baskonia, while conceding 72, seven fewer than today's rival. It's sure to be a tough physical test, hard-fought on the rebound. The home team boast hugely athletic centers in Granger, Baldwin IV and recent arrival Lamar Peters. Their forwards are tall and loaded with points (Giedraitis and Fontecchio), while their inside play combines versatility and muscle with Costello, Nnoko and Enoch, who is enjoying a fine run of form. Notable mention goes to Real Madrid's offensive rebound though, top of the Euroleague in this department thanks to Tavares, Poirier, Yabusele and company.
Real Madrid have played 24 competitive games already (11 in the league, 11 in the Euroleague and 2 in the Super Cup) since the season got underway against Lenovo Tenerife in the Super Cup semis on September 11. It's an average of one game every 3 days to date, which marks a record number at this stage of the campaign. The team have never played so many games just three months into the season (24 in 2020-21), nor have they taken so many wins: 21. Tonight will be another chance to add to those figures at the Buesa Arena.