The Blaugrana and the Greeks will face off at the Palau Blaugrana this Tuesday at 20.00 for the first match of the best-of-five series that gives access to the Final Four in London
Barça Regal, who are without Pete Mickeal, Xavi Rabaseda, Marko Todorovic and Brad Oleson, will take on a team that centers its play around the powerful and decisive Dimitris Diamantidis
Barça Regal have won 22 matches in the Euroleague this season and only conceded defeat twice. This Tuesday (20.00, Esport 3) Barça will host Panathinaikos at the Palau Blaugrana for the first match of the quarter-finals best-of-five series ahead of the Final Four in London. The match promises to be decisive as the Blaugrana hope to maintain home-court advantage over the Greek side.
The Greeks center their play around Dimitris Diamantidis, a man whose talent and nearly 2 meters of stature make him extremely difficult to stop. Diamantidis is an avid shooter but he’s also known for his ability to assist from any part of the court.
Panathinaikos’ big man is usually accompanied by Micheal Bramos and Jonas Maciulis. Bramos’ drives to the basket are decisive and incisive thanks to the man’s powerful physique. Maciulis is an expert marksman from range.
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Panathinaikos’ ability to kill the game off from the perimeter is one of its assets, but it’s not their only one, the Greeks can also dominate the game from the paint. Sofoklis Schorsanitis, while he doesn’t get too many minutes on the court, averages 9 points per match. He’s accompanied by the American James Gist, who is a major threat when he gets the ball under the basket.
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Panathinaikos are an impressive team, and that’s why the Blaugrana need to win at the Palau to secure home-court advantage. Barça Regal’s hopes are firmly vested in Juan Carlos Navarro, who is lethal from anywhere on the court, and Marcelinho’s ability to direct the flow of the game.
In addition to the Catalan and the Brazilian, the team will need Lorbek to be on target and Ante Tomic to make his presence felt in the paint. Àlex Abrines, Víctor Sada, CJ Wallace, and Joe Ingles will also need to put in excellent performances.
It’s worth noting that Barça Regal will be without Pete Mickeal, Rabaseda and Todorovic, all of whom are injured, and Oleson, who cannot play in the competition, are not available for selection.