Barcelona vs. Unicaja Prediction, Tips & Odds – Apr. 14, 2022
Just two days after a tough elimination by Manresa in the FIBA Champions League quarterfinals, Unicaja will travel to Barcelona for the Endesa League game.
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Barcelona have two more games to play in the Endesa League before the start of the Euroleague quarterfinals. Head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius will use that games for additional preparation before the most important period in the season. Barcelona have already won Copa del Rey, but the main ambition in 2022 is to win Euroleague. Therefore, it is clear that they will also target the trophy in the domestic championship where they are currently in the first place. Barcelona is the best team in Europe in terms of quality and they have many powerful players on the roster. Nikola Mirotic is playing an impressive season, and the signing of Rokas Jokubaitis and Nicolas Laprovittola has significantly improved offense and options in that part of the game.
Last season, all responsibility was on Nick Calathes, but now the situation is quite different. Dante Exum has adapted well to European basketball and his arrival turned out to be a great move as well. Jasikevicius will certainly not allow relaxation before the Euroleague quarterfinals and Barcelona will be focused on recording another win in their Blaugrana.
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Unicaja will do everything they can to forget this season as soon as possible because this is the worst season for the Malaga club in the 21st century. In the last seven days, they suffered two defeats by Manresa in the FIBA Champions League quarterfinals. Particularly painful was the one from last week when they were losing 33:4 at one point in the second quarter. They didn’t even qualify for Copa del Rey and in Endesa League, they almost certainly will not make it to the playoffs. They are three wins behind eighth-placed Baskonia and they would have to win all games until the end to catch the train for the quarterfinals. A good move by the club was hiring Ibon Navarro in February this year. He had great results over the past four years as Andorra’s head coach and he is the right man to try to get Unicaja back on track.
One of many problems for this club is that there are no young and talented players on the roster at all, which means that there will be a lot of changes during next summer. Dario Brizuela, Jaime Fernandez, Jonathan Barreiro, and Alberto Diaz are domestic players around whom the future team can be built, but that is a decision that Navarro will make.
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Barcelona is in first place in the Endesa League with a record of 22-5 and have three wins more than Real Madrid. At home, they lost three times in the domestic championship. They were beaten by Manresa, Baskonia, and Valencia. What is especially interesting, those three defeats came in three consecutive home games between November and January. Unicaja is in 11th place at 12-15 (4-9 on road). Barcelona have five consecutive wins against Unicaja, and in the first part of the season, they beat them in Malaga 75:73.
Pierre Oriola and Brandon Davies have not played for Barcelona for some time due to injuries. Cory Higgins is still recovering from foot surgery.
Apart from Michael Eric, Unicaja has all players available for this game.
Barcelona vs. Unicaja Prediction
Unicaja is in a bad situation after a tough elimination by Manresa in FIBA Champions League and they don’t have enough time to prepare for the game against Barcelona. The home team will be motivated to prepare as well as possible for the Euroleague quarterfinals and it is to be expected that they will achieve an easy double-digit victory here.
Prediction: Barcelona -9.5HC
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