The Whites, who host Efes this Tuesday, may need to win two of their games to avoid being eliminated. Zenit, Valencia and Baskonia complete the entanglement for the pass to the quarterfinals
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Because of the renewed strength of some, because of the weakness of others, because of the general equality … few times has a Euroleague been so competitive. To the point that, in the absence of three days, there is only one team, the Bara, classified mathematically for the quarterfinals and also as seeded.
The rest is in a lo. Well, not all. Some classics have not even had a chance to fight for the crown for days. Who remembers a quarter-final without Maccabi, Olympiacos or Panathinaikos? In the last 25 years, up to 13 Euroleague have carried his stamp.
The calculators fume, although perhaps none like that of Real Madrid, another ‘noble’ in serious trouble. With three games to go, his chances of not being in the top eight are a reality. Because his calendar is one of the most complicated among those involved and because their feelings lately have not been the best. The only relief for Pablo Laso is that he recovers Rudy Fernndez for the key week.
“Depend on us”
Of the three games, it is very likely that it will not be worth it to win just one. To begin with, this Tuesday he receives Anadolu Efes from Shane Larkin and Vasilje Micic. After Bara, perhaps the team with the most favorite ballots. And the Turks, who did not start the course on the right foot, are playing the home court factor in their favor in the fight for the Final Four in Cologne. “We play against, if not the best, one of the best teams in Europe. They have very determined players. We must maintain defensive strength and regain our offensive freshness. We aspire to compete at the best level because, if not, winning at Efes is very difficult “Laso warned.
Then on Friday also at the WiZink, they host Olympiacos. A priori the most affordable stake, since the Greeks will come mathematically eliminated. And the whites will close next Thursday the 8th at the Sinan Erdem, visiting a Fenerbae who, depending on the results, could not risk anything or life itself. “There are three games left, in the situation we are in, we must depend on ourselves. We have to win all three but I’m only worried about tomorrow. I can’t think further,” warns the white coach.
Therefore, White’s options are to prevail in the final three games (they could even be seeded), win two and most likely be the eighth and face Bara or win one or none and be out. Keep in mind that He has the average lost with both Baskonia and Valencia.
Leaving Efes and CSKA out of the equation for the quarterfinals, everyone else even Valencia Basket, who now occupies 10th place, are in the fray. Moreover, if logic were followed, the taronjas would have a very good time to advance, since their tasks seem the most affordable: they receive Olympiacos (although they have never beaten him at La Fonteta), travel to Berlin and next week, they will face Baskonia in a fratricidal and decisive duel. That s, those of Ponsarnau will need to win their three games. Like those of Ivanovic, who this Tuesday visit Panathinaikos and then receive Efes.
For there to be three Spanish teams in the quarterfinals, it must falter the Zenit of Xavi Pascual, one of the revelation teams with Bayern. But those of St. Petersburg have it in hand. The four games that remain are played at home: CSKA, Asvel, Maccabi and the postponed that they have left against Panathinaikos.
All this mess only confirms one feeling: there has never been such a tough regular season. With this competition format, three days from the end there were normally five (2018-19) or six classified teams (2016-17 and 2017-18. This time, at least a balance of 19-15 will be necessary. (55.9% of wins) To advance. And perhaps not even that.
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