ME vs BAR Dream11: Movistar Estudiantes will be entertaining Barcelona in Liga ACB round-23 at WiZink Center on Sunday night (IST). This will be the first of the two games scheduled to be played at WiZink Center on Sunday, with Real Madrid taking on Basket Zaragoza in the first match.
By the time this game tips-off, Barcelona may find themselves in second if Madrid with their home game against Zaragoza, which is the likeliest result from that game. The Catalan arrive in this game on the back fo a five-game winning run in all competitions, last winning 83-20 against Bayern Munich in EuroLeague. Barca are set to qualify for the playoffs and are leading Liga ACB at the moment, so this has been a very good season so far for the team.
Estudiantes, on the other hand, are second from bottom, having won just five games in the first 22 rounds. They are out of top-four contention while finishing in top-six, which guarantees qualification to Euro Cup, is also hard conspiring they face an eight-game deficit, and considering their form, is very hard to erase at this stage in the season.
Estudiantes | Barcelona
Games: 22 | 22
Wins: 05 | 18
Defeats: 17 | 04
Total Points scored: 1636 | 1967
Points conceded: 1789 | 1780
Match Timing: March 08, @ 11:00 PM
Venue: WiZink Center
Estudiantes team news:
Status out: None. A clean bill of health for the visitors.
Status Questionable: None.
Note: Edwin Jackson and Byron Mullens are the new additions to the team. The former has already made his debut for the club, while the latter is expected to be available for this match.
Estudiantes roster: Philip Scrubb, Juan Palacios, Khadim Sow, Edgar Vicedo, Adams Sola, Ignacio Arroyo, Edwin Jackson, Aleksa Avramovic, Phil Pressey, Victor Arteaga, Nemanja Dangubic
Estudiantes key players:
Barcelona team news:
Status out: As per official reports, Kevin Pangos has made significant progress in his recovery from a toe fracture. But this game has come too soon for him at this moment. Expect him to miss this match.
Status Questionable: Thomas Heurtel missed the last round with an injury and remains under the caution. He will be a late game-time call.
Note: Ante Tomic was declared fit for the last game and so should be fine for this match as well.
Barcelona active roster: Nikola Mirotic, Victor Claver, Ante Tomic, Adam Hanga, Cory Higgins, Malcolm Delaney, Alex Abrines, Brandon Davies, Pierre Oriola, Kyle Kuric, Pau Ribas, Artem Pustovyi, Thomas Heurtel (Questionable)
Barcelona key players:
ME vs BAR Dream11 starting five:
PF: Nemanja Dangubic
SF: Phil Pressey
C: Victor Arteaga
PG: Edwin Jackson
SG: Aleksa Avramovic
PF: Nikola Mirotic
SF: Alex Abrines
C: Brandon Davies
PG: Adam Hanga
SG: Cory Higgins
Estudiantes: Philip Scrubb, Juan Palacios, Khadim Sow, Edgar Vicedo, Adams Sola, Ignacio Arroyo, Byron Mullens
Barcelona: Malcolm Delaney, Victor Claver, Alex Abrines, Brandon Davies, Pierre Oriola, Kyle Kuric, Pau Ribas, Artem Pustovyi, Thomas Heurtel, Roland Smits
ME vs BAR Dream11 teams:
PG: P Pressey
SG: A Abrines, A Avramovic
SF: V Claver, N Dangubic
PF: N Mirotic (SP)
C: B Davies, K Sow
PG: C Higgins
SG: E Jackson, K Kuric, A Avramovic (SP)
SF: N Dangubic
PF: N Mirotic
C: B Davies, K Sow
Barcelona may be on the road, but they are beast. Also considering the opponents are Estudiantes, who are the second-worst team in Liga ACB this season, with the worst return in away games, a win for the home team is the likeliest scenario here.
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