ANDlast December 30 the coronavirus left the Endesa League without its first Clásico of the course. Real Madrid and Barcelona fell with two outbreaks and they had to postpone the clash between the two giants of national basketball. Two teams that today, finally, will measure their forces in the WiZink Center (6:30 p.m.; Come on) in a duel that will face the first two classified both in the domestic competition and in the Euroleagueshowing that right now they are the two best teams outside of that other world that is the NBA.

A game that comes, however, at a very different time for both teams. Real Madrid arrives at its best moment of the season and is presented as leader in both the Endesa League and the Euroleague. Pablo Laso’s men have 22 wins in the last 23 games played and they arrive with their morale through the roof after their victory against the ALBA Berlin in which you could count on gabriel deck. The Argentine will also be in the game today and will play his first game at home after his return from the NBA. Along with ‘Tortuga’ they will also be Rudy and a Tavares that COVID has left behind, so the coach from Vitoria will be able to count on all his troops except Fabien Causeurlow with kidney problems.

Barcelona, ??which has two games less than the white team, lands in Madrid submerged in a sea of ??doubts as a result of the results and a game that does not finish convincing. The result of this is the six defeats they have accumulated in the last nine games, which has led them to lose first place in Europe in favor of their rival today. However not all are bad news for the Catalans. those of Jasikevicius they have in their favor the precedent of the last clash played between both teams in which they beat the white team 93-80. A game dominated from start to finish by one of the names of this Classic: Nikola Mirotic. The player of Montenegrin origin has traveled with his teammates and may be under the orders of the Lithuanian coach after giving negative in the last PCR test carried out yesterday. he will be too Nick Calathes already recovered from his proximal fracture of the left fibula.

Despite the trend experienced by both teams, Paul Lasso He doesn’t trust a rival like Barcelona. He knows that it is a wounded animal and that, therefore, it will be more dangerous than ever and thus warned in the previous one: “I continue to see a very powerful team, with many weapons, a lot of outside shooting and very decisive players in the low post.. Also, they are good defensively. It is a very complete team. The calendar is demanding for all the teams and we have all had casualties for one reason or another. The rivals they have faced have played great games. The results do not have to mark the dynamics of the team.”

Saras appeals to character

It will be a match between two rivals who know each other perfectly (they have met twice this season with a win for each team) and in which there will be little room for surprise as I recalled Jasikevicius: “Real Madrid will always be strong. We have played many times, we know their weapons and they know ours. It’s getting harder and harder to surprise each other,” said the Lithuanian coach, who also stressed the importance of starting the game with character and focused from the start: “This game is the most beautiful thing we can feel as players of this level . That is why you have to start with intensity and a cool head. The first thing is that they do not surpass us in ambition and in the divided balls, the rebounds and in those small details that will finally mark the game”.