Tomic and Hezonja are heading to Germany in search of a win. PHOTO: ACBPHOTO

The O2 World in Berlin is the venue for the first of Barça’s Top 16 Euroleague matches, with Oleson, Navarro, Abrines and Eriksson all out through injury.

German leader

Alba Berlin currently top the Bundesliga with a 14-1 record and qualified fourth in a tough first round group that they shared with CSKA, Maccabi and Unicaja. Their roster may lack household names there have been some fine performers in Jamel McLean (14.3 points), Alex Renfroe (9.1 points & 4.9 assists), former Bilbao Basket man Marko Banic (8.3 points) and Cliff Hammonds (9.1 points). They’ve been averaging 74 points a game and receiving almost 79, and their 2-3 home record was nothing spectacular.

FC Barcelona

After losing at Obradoiro (79-67), Xavi Pascual will be hoping for a reaction from his players in their third game in six days, with another to come at Bilbao on Sunday. On paper, this is a game Barça should be able to win fairly easily. Justin Doellman and Ante Tomic lead the Euroleague scoring with 10.4 points each, the Croatian heading the evaluation ranking with 17.1.

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