Real Madrid vs. Baskonia / Endesa League – In the playoff finals of Endesa League, the series on three wins, we have two best teams – first-ranked Real (30-4) and second-ranked Baskonia (25-9), which last played in the finals in 2005. Real has celebrated with 3-2 then. In four this season’s matches – two in Endesa and Euroliga, Real has won three. Begins: 13.06.2018– 21:00 CET
Real has for the second year in a row finished as a leader after the regular part and they are playing the sixth consecutive in the playoff finals. In these six finals, they won the title three times, which they failed to defend last season, because they lost with 1-3 against Valencia. This season, although they were only fifth in Euroliga and did not have the home-field advantage, they celebrated in the ¼ finals against Panathinaikos with 3-1, thus showing their strength. They were even better at the F4 tournament in Belgrade, and in the semi-finals they eliminated the leader of the regular part CSKA and they were better in the finals than last season's champion Fenerbahce.
It was the second title of Euroleague champion for the “Kings” in the last four seasons, but they will not have the chance to win all three trophies this season as in 2015, because Barcelona has won the King's Cup. On the wings of this success, in the ¼ finals of playoffs, they have eliminated Tenerife with 2-0 and Gran Canaria in the semi-finals with clean 3-0, from which they lost away in the last round of the regular part. But then they rested their main players, but they did not give them a lot of chances in the semi-finals. They also celebrated with 99:92 as guests when Fernandez was the best in 21 points. Carroll has scored 17.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Doncic, Causeur, Carroll, Thompkins, Tavares
Baskonia has for second consecutive time ended the regular part of the season as second and behind Real, but they did not reach the finals because they stumbled in the semi-finals against Valencia (1-3). Even though they have entered this season in a very bad way, they have proved their talent, especially in attack, after they replaced their coach with new name on the bench, Martinez. In the ¼ finals, they have eliminated Unicaja with clean 2-0, and in the semi-finals Barcelona with 3-1. Barca was completely humiliated in the first match, because they were defeated with 86:61 as guests.
In the remaining three games they were not so dominant, but they have lost the third match as guests in the very finish (65:67), while they in the fourth celebrated after extra time, although they were mostly in the lead and had the victory in their hands in the finish of the regular part. They managed to win despite the fact that they had as many as 21 lost balls. Shengelia was the best with 22 points and seven rebounds and he has showed that he is deservedly in the top five in Endesa League after the regular part of the season. Last time they played in the finals was in 2010, when they mastered Barcelona with 3-0.
Probable lineups Baskonia: Huertas, Beaubois, Timma, Shengelia, Voigtmann
Real Madrid vs. Baskonia PICK
For the second time in a row, we will watch a duel of two coaches Laso-Martinez coaching scoring, because Martinez was coaching the team of Valencia last season, with which he won the first title in the history of the club. After a great number of injuries, Real is complete and in excellent form, especially for Fernandez, who finally woke up. This is going to be a very interesting and uncertain duel, despite the fact that Real won both this season's matches in Endesa, so we suggest handicap on Baskonia.
Pick: Baskonia +7.5
Odds: 2.05 at unibet (down to 2.00 can be played)