This game is the EL CLASICO of basketball, and it is certainly going to be a very exciting game on and off the court played at Palau Blaugrana. Barcelona as the home team, with the record of 5-5, is in desperate need of a win in this game if they want to be among the 4 teams of the super strong Group F that will go on to the next stage. On the other side Real Madrid is currently on the third spot in Group F with a record of 6-4. This game will be the third El Clasico of the season for these two teams, in which Barcelona won both games. In their first game in Liga Endesa, Real Madrid lost at their home court 84-91. In their second game played in Euroleague, Barcelona once again came on top beating Real Madrid on their home court in a close game with 87-86. Real Madrid is surely going to be looking for some payback in this game, especially after one of their main offensive weapons Rudy Fernandez is back after almost three and a half months injury.
Both teams are among the teams with highest scoring points per game, with Barcelona averaging 81.2 ppg and Real Madrid averaging 85.4 ppg. As noted, this will be a vital game for both teams in a fight for final 4 playoff positions in group F. So far, Barcelona is 9-1 all-time in Euroleague against Real Madrid and players like Carlos Navarro, Justin Doellman and Ante Tomic are going to do whatever it takes to improve that all-time record. Former Real Madrid player Ante Tomic, who is the leading the Barcelona team in scoring with 11 ppg, is going to be the biggest threat under the basket. He is going to have huge support from Justin Doellman (9.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg) who is going into this game after couple of sensational performances during the last week. On the other side, Real Madrid will rely on his experienced guards Sergio Lull (13.8 ppg and 4.8 apg) and Sergio Rodriguez (10.3 ppg and 6.8 apg). Under the basket Felipe Reyes is going to be a constant threat (11.3 ppg and 6.1 rpg). Considering the fact that Pablo Lasso will be able to count on Rudy Fernandez in this game, it is truly going to be the clash of titans.
Looking at their last couple of games, we can again expect a high scoring game with a lot of transition and fast break points, and surely a lot of drama on both sides. Considering the fact that Barcelona is in much bigger need for a win, and the fact that Barcelona is 9-1 all-time against Real Madrid, I believe that this game is going to be very close one but that at the end Barcelona will come out as the winner, and create more drama in the final 3 games in group F.
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