Real Madrid vs. Anadolu Efes Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 21, 2022 19:00 CET
In the Euroleague final this year, Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes will play for the most important trophy in European basketball.
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After five consecutive defeats in El Classico against Barcelona, Real Madrid played their best game when it was most needed and knocked out their biggest rival in the Euroleague semifinals. Los Blancos were 13 points behind at the beginning of the third quarter, but with a series of 19-2, they made a complete comeback. French players Fabien Causer and Guerschon Yabusele were the best individuals on Thursday night, but Real Madrid excellent team defense in the third quarter was the most deserving for reaching the final game. Just two months ago, this club was going through perhaps the biggest crisis in the Pablo Laso era, and now they are only one game away from winning the Euroleague. Belgrade is a place where Real Madrid won their last trophy in this competition when Luka Doncic conquered Europe four years ago. The key to victory against Anadolu Efes will be to exploit the supremacy within the paint that Real has, as well as the maximum slowdown of Shane Larkin or Vasilije Micic. Real can match Efes in three points shooting percentage and that is one of the small clashes that will decide the winner.
— Real Madrid Basket (@RMBaloncesto) May 20, 2022
Before the start of the quarterfinal series against Milan, Anadolu Efes head coach Ergin Ataman stated that his team will win the Euroleague again if they qualify for Final Four in Belgrade. In the semifinals against Olympiacos, Efes did not play their best basketball, but with a Vasilije Micic three point buzzer-beater, they won the game and reached the Euroleague finals. Shane Larkin dominated in the first half and was the best Efes player, but Micic was the one who took responsibility when it was most necessary. Elijah Bryant played his best (shooting) game of the season, and Bryant Dunston also won many duels in the paint against tall Olympiacos players. In the last four years, Efes has created a real dynasty in European basketball. This will be their third consecutive appearance in the Euroleague final, and they would probably have played it in 2020 as well if coronavirus had not interrupted the season, because at that moment the Turkish club was playing their best basketball in the period of domination. To win in this final, Efes will need another impressive game by Larkin and Micic, because without their great performance, everything will be much harder.
— Anadolu Efes SK (@AnadoluEfesSK) May 20, 2022
Real Madrid and Anadolu Efes have played twice against each other in the regular season and H2H is 1-1. Efes won in Istanbul 93:90, while Real won in Madrid 82:69. A far more famous clash was the one in Euroleague quarterfinals last year when these teams played a maximum of five games, and the fifth game was decided by Krunoslav Simon three point shot in the last minute.
Nigel Williams-Goss won’t play for Real Madrid. He suffered serious injury against Barcelona in Euroleague semifinals. Carlos Alocen is out for the season, while Thomas Huertel and Trey Thompkins were suspended and did not play much in last two months. Both of them are here in Belgrade with team and Huertel could get some minutes after Goss injury.
Krunoslav Simon is injured and he is unavailable while all other players are ready for Anadolu Efes.
Real Madrid vs. Anadolu Efers Prediction
Those two teams are very similar in terms of individual quality, but Real can achieve a much bigger advantage in the paint than Efes can with a better players in backcourt. Real left a better impression in the semifinals and somehow it seems that they are more ready in this moment to win the trophy in Euroleague.
Date and Time: 21.05.2022 19:00 CET
Pick: Real Madrid +2
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