The program of the 19th day

The second day of the week in the Euroleague with 3 teams that continue to share the leadership, Real, Monaco and Barça. Precisely, it is the Catalans that interest us today, as they will host the two-time European champions, the Anatolian Turks, in the evening’s match. Presentation of the 19th day of the Euroleague season 2022/2023.

Euroleague 2022/2023: Day 19 poster

FC Barcelona – Anadolu Efes Istanbul (Friday at 20:30)

This is the shock of this 19th day of the Euroleague FC Barcelona, Finalist in 2021 and last season’s Final Four recipient double European champion in title, theAnadolu Efes Istanbul. The Catalans are currently joint leaders of the competition, while the Istanbulites are still struggling to find consistency as they await the return of their star players. Shane LarkinAgain injured.

After spending the first 3 months without an MVP of the 2021/2022 season, FC Barcelona bounced back in December. Nicholas Mirotic. However, the Spaniard will still need time to adapt to the new Catalan team, which saw several notable arrivals in the summer (T. Satoransky, J. Vesely or N. Kalinic). As proof of this, Barça have conceded 3 defeats in 8 games since their return and still need to work collectively. But on paper, there is no doubt that the Catalan workforce remains the largest on the European continent. Versatility Thomas Satoransky will be one of the assets of this meeting. with 8.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists, the former Bulls player will need to play offensively in order to wear down his direct opponent Vasilije Micic tonight. But it is the entire Barça team that can make the difference. Effect a Cory Higgins (9.2 points) and verticality Yan Vesely Sulfur will be decisive in this meeting (8.8 points and 3.4 rebounds). On the Barcelona side control reboundOne of the team’s weak points will have to be eliminated to take down the two-time defending champion. In the first game, the Blaugrana gave the Turks too many second chances and lost 96-86.

Consistency is always a bad thing between the two-time reigning European champions. Strengthened with 6 wins in 9 games at homeAnadolu Efes Istanbul Only outside of Turkey it is much less sovereign 3 wins in 9 games. Focusing on outside shots (more than 27 attempts per match), the Turkish team does not show the same face depending on the matches, and after 2 consecutive European championships, the smell of blood is perhaps less noticeable. But the talent is incredibly present on this team. In his absence Shane LarkinAfter returning to the field in mid-December, he was injured again, Cory Higgins attacked. The American who came to the capital of Turkey last spring is more converted 19 points This season, he even allows himself to be the number 1 offensive option Vasilije Micic (17.9 points). This duo is completed by tricolor Rodrigue Bobois (12.4 points) Who is having the best season in the Euroleague and who is watchingFrench team to look at it (again). But Anatolia, which is 9th after the first game and therefore currently out of the playoffs, will have to correct the situation in the second leg or risk not being able to defend the title in the postseason. But panic is not yet relevant among the Turks, and the previous season shows this with the regular stage finishing in 6th place before the end as we know it.

Player to watch: Nikola Mirotic (FC Barcelona)

MVP Euroleague 2021/2022, Nikola Mirotic after his injury, he had to watch the start of the regular season from the bench Achilles tendon. Returning to European courts in early December, the Spanish international quickly found his rhythm and has already made a significant contribution (14.5 points and 4.1 rebounds). Admittedly, the former New Orleans Pelicans player is still far from optimal, but his return to the Catalan workforce will give Sarunas Jasikevicius time to build the squad so that it is ready for May 19 and 21, 2023. The Final Four will Kaunas. Probably, Nikola Mirotic will be the player to watch in the match against Anatolia.

The complete program of the 19th day of the Euroleague

Thursday, January 12

18:45: Fenerbahce Istanbul – Bayern Munich

19:00: “Srvena Zvezda” Belgrade – AS Monaco

20:00: Alba Berlin – Real Madrid

20:30: Virtus Bologna – Olympiakos BC

Friday January 13

20:00: Panathinaikos Athens – Maccabi Tel Aviv

20:00: LDLC Asvel – Valence Basket

20:30: Partizan Belgrade – Baskonia Vitoria

20:30: FC Barcelona – Anadolu Efes Istanbul

20:30: Emporio Armani Milano – Zalgiris Kaunas

Euroleague ranking after 18 days

  1. Real Madrid 12-6
  2. FC Barcelona 12-6
  3. AS Monaco 12-6
  4. Olympiakos BC 11-7
  5. Fenerbahce 11-7
  6. Baskonia Vitoria 11-7
  7. Zalgiris Kaunas 10-8
  8. Maccabi Tel Aviv 10-8
  9. Anadolu Efes Istanbul 9-9
  10. Red Star Belgrade 9-9
  11. Partizan Belgrade 8-10
  12. Valencia Basket 8-10
  13. Virtus Bologna 8-10
  14. Bayern Munich 7-11
  15. Alba Berlin 6-12
  16. Panathinaikos Athens 6-12
  17. Emporio Armani Milano 6-12
  18. LDLC Asvel 6-12

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