NEWS STORY. 19/03/2023. Edu Bueno
Real Madrid close another demanding week of three games in six days with the visit of Cazoo Baskonia to the WiZink Center on matchday 23 of the Endesa League. Chus Mateo's men defend their lead at the top of the table against the third-placed team in one of the best clashes you can see in the competition. Our team is looking for their 20th victory in the championship.
Two teams on a roll meet this afternoon at the WiZink Center. Madrid have won 14 league games in the last 15 and eight in a row. Baskonia, 13 out of 14 and five in a row. With one more win than Baskonia, the basket average will also be important, now in favour of Baskonia after winning 88-82 in the first round.
Video.Real Madrid-Baskonia: the leader looks to win at the WiZink Center
The Whites go into the game on the back of another European double-header. Thursday's win against EA7 Emporio Armani Milan left them very close to the Euroleague playoffs. Meanwhile, Baskonia lost to Maccabi but remain in the top eight. There is more than enough incentive to see a great game. The two highest rated teams in the league (Real Madrid 107.4 and Baskonia 106) and the two most powerful offensive teams (Baskonia 90.6 and Real Madrid 87.7) meet. Chus Mateo's men have a better two-point percentage and Peñarroya's men have a better three-point percentage.
Maximum concentration in defence
This will be one of the key points of the game. Madrid, who concede almost six points less on average than their opponents, will have to reduce Baskonia's outside efficiency. Other important aspects to achieve victory will be rebounding and imposing our presence in the zone. Musa comes in as MVP of the last Euroleague matchday after his best game as a Madrid player (38 index point rating).