EuroLeague double header gets underway

Real Madrid travel to face Valencia Basket with the aim of picking up their fourth win on the bounce (8:30pm CET).
Real Madrid play the first of two EuroLeague clashes this week with a visit to La Fonteta before hosting Partizan on Thursday. The Whites, who go into the game on the back of three wins in November in the competition (MilanAnadolu Efes and Alba Berlin), will be vying to extend their winning streak against a Valencia Basket side that is strong at home and is in a rich vein of form.
 
The fact that this season’s EuroLeague has been so evenly matched illustrates how impressive Madrid’s run of three straight wins is. Chus Mateo‘s men are in the top four (5-3) and will be looking to continue their ascent in the standings and close the gap on Fenerbahçe (7-1). Valencia go into the clash having won one game less than our side (4-4), but they have improved in the competition and have emerged victorious from three of their last four outings.
On the road, the madridistas have recorded victories in Athens (Panathinaikos) and Milan (Armani Milan) – two wins from three outings, while Valencia Basket have a record of two wins and two defeats on their home court. The meetings against the Valencian team are always challenging and this time it will be no different. A highly competitive and intense opponent will be waiting for them, a team that has improved in terms of physical strength. Chris Jones is establishing himself as the leader of a team with an established block (Van Rossom, Prepelic, López-Arostegui, Pradilla, Claver, Dubljevic and Rivero). On the inside, Alexander and Web III complete a powerful line-up.
 
Highly offensive Madrid
The madridistas' outstanding run of play stems from their balance between offense and defence. They surpassed 50 points at halftime for the third consecutive match against UCAM Murcia, with Poirier averaging 17 points and 22.6 in PIR. In three EuroLeague matchups this month, Madrid have upped their scoring average by 7 points (from 82 to 89). Tavares, Deck and Musa, all three of which are in double-digits in PIR, are the standouts in this competition. The return of Williams-Goss and Causeur, and the excellent game minutes for Ndiaye, come as a huge boost for Madrid.

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