Madrid against the Peters effect

The power forward doubles his performance in the triumphs of his team. Baskonia have not won away from home yet so far in 2021.

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Real Madrid and TD Systems Baskonia meet again, this time in a European duel (21:00, Dazn). "It's a basketball classic," says Pablo Laso, who warns that the game will be "very complicated", despite the fact that the Vitoria team is not fine in the Euroleague at home. Baskonia have not won outside the Buesa Arena since December 23, when they beat Armani in Milan (59-77). Since then he has had four defeats - Istanbul (Fenerbahçe), Tel Aviv (Maccabi), Berlin (Alba) and Villeurbanne (Asvel) - and, furthermore, he is not good at the WiZink Center in Europe either. His last victory corresponds to the 2016-17 season, although the overall balance does smile on him: six wins in eleven games.

Madrid, on the other hand, comes to the game with recovered morale, after having overcome its small bump in January (three defeats in four games). The triumphs against Panathinaikos and Alba Berlin give peace of mind to a team that clings to fourth place. In contrast, Baskonia has little room for error to reach the top eight places, which would give them a ticket to the quarterfinal playoff. Right now there are three victories from that eighth place.

It will be the third time that the two teams meet this season (so far one win for each). "The important thing is that we maintain our identity. We know each other well, but we must not look at the past, because this is going to be a different game," insists Laso. In the Baskonia victory, Campazzo was still playing for Madrid. "Our rival is now more unpredictable," explains Dusko Ivanovic. "They play much more as a team than before. They are dangerous and that can be seen in the results, because other players have taken more responsibility than before when Campazzo was there."

One of the players to watch out for will be Alec Peters. The Baskonia notice a lot when the American is fine and when not. Peters averages 18.1 PIR credits if his team wins and this figure drops to 9.5 in Vitoria losses. Ivanovic will be able to count on all his players, while Laso has doubts about Laprovittola and Carroll (Randolph will not play again this season). The Argentine tested positive for COVID-19 12 days ago and Carroll sprained his ankle last week.



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