NEWS STORY. 16/03/2023. Edu Bueno
The end of the EuroLeague Regular Season is fast approaching. With just six games to go, Real Madrid sit second in the table with 19 wins and are close to making mathematically certain of a playoff place. Chus Mateo's host EA7 Emporio Armani Milan looking to take another victory tonight as they aim to take top spot and seal home-court advantage in their favour.
With four more wins than the ninth-placed team, home wins are an essential part of securing the objective as quickly as possible. Our team play their second clash inside 48 hours, following the demanding outing in Istanbul. EA7 Emporio Armani Milan come to town this evening on a hot run of form, having won all of their last six.
Video.Real Madrid-EA7 Emporio Armani Milan: all eyes on a win to edge closer to a playoff spot
Messina's team have grown steadily over the course of this season and are sure to represent a tough test for our offense. Despite us boasting some of the best offensive figures in the tournament, the Italians concede the second-fewest points per game on average (76.3). They're solid at the back, but that is not to say they're a soft touch up the other end either, with Pangos, Napier, Baron and Melli in the ranks. In the first half of the season, Madrid won on the road 77-83 as Musa (25 points & PIR of 31) played out of his skin. The Bosnian ace is top scorer for the madridistas (15.1 points), followed by Deck (12.5) and Tavares (10.9).
Closing stretch of the Regular Season
Tonight will be the 22nd time we have come up against the Milan team in the EuroLeague, and the head-to-head makes pleasant reading at 18-3 in our favour. Following this game, we'll play the last five matches between the 24th of March and 13th of April, aiming as high up the table as possible. That means three meetings before the month is out: Virtus de Bolonia and Partizan, away; and Fenerbahçe at home, before we host Bayern and head to Maccabi in the final round in April.