Real Madrid vs. Baskonia Prediction, Tips & Odds – June 2, 2022 22:00 CET
Baskonia made a surprise by qualifying for the Endesa League semifinals, but now they will play against a much better Real Madrid.
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Real Madrid has played a very strange and unusual season so far. From October to February, they played great and along with Barcelona, they were by far the best team in Europe. After that period, the biggest results crisis in the era of Pablo Laso started. For two months Real Madrid could not beat almost anyone. They recorded 16 defeats in 21 games in the Euroleague and Endesa League and there seemed to be no way out. Then, Laso decided to remove Trey Thompkins and Thomas Huertel from the team and everything changed. Real Madrid started to win games again from that moment and with an easy 3-0 score they knocked out Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Euroleague quarterfinals, while in the Endesa League they managed to finish in second place in the regular season. In the Euroleague Final Four, they shocked Barcelona in the semifinals and only one basket separated them from becoming European champions in the final game against Anadolu Efes. In the end, neither Real nor Barcelona won the Euroleague, so both teams have one cup this season. Real won Spanish Super Cup and Barcelona won Copa del Rey. The team that wins the Endesa League will consider the season successful, so there is no lack of motivation.
🆚 Nuestro rival en las semifinales de la @ACBCOM es el @Baskonia.
👊 La eliminatoria es al mejor de 5⃣ partidos
🏠 El 1⃣er encuentro se disputa este jueves en el WiZink (22h00). pic.twitter.com/TwElmzsVte
— Real Madrid Basket (@RMBaloncesto) May 30, 2022
The season for Baskonia was no less turbulent than the Real Madrid one. After only a few rounds in the Euroleague, they fired head coach Dusko Ivanovic and brought in Neven Spahija instead. Even then, it was clear that this would be one of the weakest seasons for this team as they put together probably the cheapest roster in the 21st century. In the Euroleague, it was already clear in early January that they had no chance of qualifying for the quarterfinals, while in the Endesa League they were so poorly placed that they did not clinch a spot for the Copa del Rey. However, Baskonia managed to play the best basketball of the season in the last two months of the domestic championship and they eliminated Valencia with 2-1 score in the quarterfinals. All three games were won by the visiting team. Interestingly, immediately after the end of that series, it was announced that Baskonia head coach for next season will be Joan Penarroya, the man who was Valencia coach this season. Apart from Wade Baldwin, Baskonia doesn’t have a single player who can regularly score double-digit points and this is the main reason for the poor results throughout this season.
¿Habrá baskonistas por aquí mañana? 🔵🔴
— Baskonia (@Baskonia) June 1, 2022
Four times these teams have played against each other this season in all competitions and H2H is 3-1 for Real Madrid.
Carlos Alocen and Nigel Williams-Goss are out for the season and they won’t play for Real Madrid in this game. All players are available for Baskonia.
Real Madrid vs. Baskonia Prediction
Baskonia made a surprise by qualifying for the semifinals and it is not realistic that they can endanger Real Madrid at this moment. The team from Spain’s capital also had more time to rest and will be better prepared on the start of this series, so it is to be assumed that they will win the first game by a double-digit difference.
Date and Time: 02.06.2022 22:00 CET
Pick: Real Madrid -6.5
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