The ACB Spanish league counts as one of the best basketball leagues in Europe and besides globally acclaimed Euroleague, it is considered to be the strongest basketball leagues in the old continent. After regular season comes to an end, teams engage in the playoff tournament, which ultimately gives away the champion for that season. Original ACB league consists of 18 teams, with 34 matches being played in total.
After securing the first Euroleague title in 20 years, Real Madrid return to their home duties and the first game for the new European champions will be the Spanish classic between Real Madrid and Laboral Kutxa. It is the game that was due on last weekend, but was postponed by the Spanish federation due to Real’s involvement on the European scene.
Real Madrid have a really positive experience with Laboral Kutxa, having defeated the club from Vitoria-Gasteiz on their last six meetings. Laboral’s last win against Real Madrid came in season 2011/2012, when they overcame the European champions after extra time. In their latest meeting this January, Real Madrid won by just one point ahead. Real Madrid fought back in the last quarter from a straight defeat to avoid a major upset.
Real Madrid currently sit top of the ACB league, with 27 wins and five losses. Reyes, Fernandez and co have been extremely successful this season and their place in the playoffs looks very much set, for which is the reason why they might not take this game so seriously. Their recent form in the ACB league has been astonishing, after they recorded six straight wins. The odds are not much in their favor, meaning they might play with no pressure and with emotions from the successful European campaign. We must never underestimate the strength of Real Madrid, but as for this game we think that Laboral has advantage or at least an extra motivation to win this.
Laboral Kutxa is desperately wanting to join the playoffs as they hold a huge battle with CAI Zaragoza, which is patiently waiting for Laboral to lose this game so that they could leave it all in the last game. Laboral is regular in the playoffs, but has failed to win the championship since 2008/2009 season, which was their third trophy. Laboral Kutxa has only two wins in the last six matches, which is the main reason why they brought themselves in this situation.
It is always the harderst to pull yourself out of problems against the strongest opponent, but Laboral has the strength to defeat Real Madrid. Their desire for playoff and Real’s reluctance and insignificance of this game might be the crucial reasons for us to tip on Laboral for this match.
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