Unicaja made a great surprise last week, when they won in a game of very fast and interesting basketball, away from home against CSKA Moscow 81:94, making a surprise of the group till now. Marcus Williams led the team to the remarkable victory, while it was obvious that CSKA played too passive in the defense, allowing more than twenty points in each quarter.
However, they are coming from yet another defeat away from home in the domestic league, as they lost to Joventut Badalona 78:71 and continued with the poor form in domestic competition. They have now 8/11 record and are looking like they will be out of the play-off phase when it starts, as they are currently separated with two victories to Estudiantes, team at eight position.
Coach Repesa stressed out that this game is very important for them and that he is convinced that the team is working well and with little patience right results will be coming. They currently have 2/3 record in Euroleague and for sure, this match is very important for them to continue race for the fourth position. There are no problems for the home team as Kosta Perovic returned to action and the coach Repesa could prepare the team under best possible conditions.
Efes Pilsen is coming from a very defensive game last week, as they managed to beat Zalgiris with a 56:52 result at home, while the result of the game says everything about the defensive performance of the teams.
However, the Turkish team failed to repeat such a good defense in a derby game against Banvit, as they lost it with a 82:76 result away from home and have fell out from the first place. Now, with a 13/3 record, they are behind Banvit and Fenerbahce. However, the team is doing well in the Euroleague, having 4/1 record and are already with one leg in the next phase. There are no injury in their them either.
Unicaja has won previous three meetings with Efes and there is no reason not to win it once again, as it’s really hard for the Spanish team to lose twice in a row at home. Efes hasn’t been so convincing away from home and are deservedly underdogs in a game that should be won by the Spaniards without problems in last minutes.
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