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Ingles during the match at the Palau in the regular season / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

It’s time to react. After being eliminated in the semi-finals of the Euroleague Final Four and finishing third in the competition, Barça Regal will host Lucentum Alicante tonight at 20:45 (Esport3) with the intention of winning the Liga and regaining lost morale. A victory at the Palau Blaugrana would be the best way to forget about last Friday’s match in Istanbul and refocus attention of the Liga title. Barça, furthermore, will have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

Without Perovic, Navarro, doubtful

Xavi Pascal will be able to call upon all of his players with the exceptions of Kosta Perovic, who was dropped from the squad for the playoffs. Juan Carlos Navarro, who missed the third and fourth place match of the Euroleague on Sunday, is also doubtful for Barça’s first match against Lucentum Alicante. The visiting team, who signed Nacho Ordín, will be without Pedro Llompart, Andy Rautins, Bejamin Dewar and Tyrone Ellis.

Fourth match of the season

Barça Regal are favourites to go through, not only because the Catalans finished first in the regular season, but because they have overcome Lucentum three times this season. The first two were in the Liga (65-49 and 57-83) and the third was in the quarter-finals of the Cup (75-54). A fourth victory over the Alicante side would allow Pascual’s men to kickstart their bid to get to the semi-finals.

It’s worth mentioning that this is Lucentum Alicante’s third appearance in the playoffs. They played against Barça Regal in the same round of the competition in the 2002/03 season. Barça won that playoff with a 3-0 sweep.

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