Real Madrid vs. Baskonia: Playoffs Game 1 prediction.

Real Madrid will face Baskonia in Game 1 of the Euroleague playoffs on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. (UTC). Mateo Chus’s team is prepared for the best-of-five series in this playoff phase. Despite showing slight slackness and a slump in recent games, Real Madrid now has the motivation to regain momentum and demonstrate their championship caliber in this year’s Euroleague. Moreover, they possess the quality and depth in their roster to overcome any opponent. On the other hand, Baskonia is currently in peak physical condition, performing exceptionally well with M. Howard in outstanding form. However, the injury to C. Moneke (left ankle), one of the top forwards in this year’s Euroleague, will undoubtedly weaken their frontline.

Real Madrid: Current Status and Latest News.

For the Spanish League, Real Madrid secured a victory against Zaragoza, and now their focus shifts to Tuesday’s game against Baskonia. It’s worth noting that Baskonia defeated them in the 33rd round of the Euroleague with a score of 91-95, with M. Howard showcasing excellent form. Chus Mateo, in an interview with Real Madrid TV, acknowledged the challenge posed by Baskonia in the playoffs, emphasizing their strength as a team.

In a recent article I published, I outlined the reasons why I believe Real Madrid is facing a crisis. However, this narrative might soon be challenged, as entering the playoffs could see Real Madrid rediscovering the energy they displayed for most of the Euroleague season.

There are no absences on the Real Madrid side, and C. Mateo has all players available. While Real Madrid may not be performing at their peak currently, they undoubtedly possess the quality to compete against Baskonia and secure a spot in the final four.

Baskonia: Latest News and Current Condition.

Baskonia can indeed be considered to be performing at their peak, as recent games have demonstrated a team with significant potential. Apart from the match against Maccabi Tel Aviv, where C. Moneke’s injury affected their performance, their quality has been evident in all other games. M. Howard currently stands out as the leading scorer in the Euroleague, averaging 19.5 points per game.

Despite their victory against Real Madrid, Baskonia is not viewed as the favorite and will encounter a tough challenge at the WiZink Center. While they may seem competitive, it’s doubtful they can match the quality of Real Madrid, especially without C. Moneke.

Dusko Ivanovic will have to manage without Diop Khalifa, with Daniel Diez being doubtful, and C. Moneke also unavailable against Real Madrid.

Real Madrid vs. Baskonia Playoffs Game 1: Betting Tips.

Real Madrid will enter the playoffs with determination, aiming to swiftly overcome their opponents without taking unnecessary risks. Against Baskonia, they possess both the quality and depth in their roster to achieve this, particularly with the absence of star player C. Moneke on the visitors’ side. Unless Baskonia has an outstanding performance, I anticipate the match will heavily favor Real Madrid, providing them with a significant psychological boost for the subsequent playoff matches and, consequently, the final four. On the Baskonia side, I highlight several players who could offer promising options for bet builders.

Betting Choice:

Real Madrid vs. Baskonia Playoffs Game 1: Real Madrid to win with a handicap of -16.5 points.

Bet Builder:

  • Over 3.5 3-pointer made: M. Howard
  • Over 16.5 points: D. Musa
  • Over 12.5 points: M. Hezonja
  • Over 5.5 Rebounds: G. Yabusele
  • Over 6.5 assists: C. Miller-McIntyre

Lineups:

Below are the lineups for Game 1 of the playoffs for both Real Madrid and Baskonia.

Real Madrid Lineup:

Guard:

  • Egor Demin (#3)
  • Facundo Campazzo (#7)
  • Carlos Alocen (#12)
  • Sergio Rodriguez (#13)
  • Sergio Llull (#23)

Forward:

  • Fabien Causeur (#1)
  • Rudy Fernandez (#5)
  • Alberto Abalde (#6)
  • Mitar Bosnjakovic (#8)
  • Hugo Gonzalez (#9)
  • Mario Hezonja (#11)
  • Gabriel Deck (#14)
  • Guerschon Yabusele (#28)
  • Dzanan Musa (#31)

Center:

  • Ismaila Diagne (#4)
  • Vincent Poirier (#17)
  • Walter Tavares (#22)
  • Eli Ndiaye (#30)

Real Madrid: Chus Mateo (Head Coach)

Baskonia Lineup:

Guard:

  • Markus Howard (#0)
  • Chris Chiozza (#3)
  • Joseba Querejeta (#4)
  • Codi Miller-McIntyre (#10)
  • Jordan Theodore (#25)

Forward:

  • Sander Raieste (#2)
  • Aleksandr Savkov (#6)
  • Tadas Sedekerskis (#8)
  • Vanja Marinkovic (#9)
  • Daniel Diez (#11)
  • Nikolaos Rogkavopoulos (#17)
  • Pape Sow (#19)
  • Vit Hrabar (#33)

Center:

  • Khalifa Diop (#18)
  • Maik Kotsar (#21)
  • Matthew Costello (#24)
  • Seydina Faye (#39)
  • Chima Moneke (#95)

Baskonia: Dusko Ivanovic (Head Coach)

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