The Barça looks for the ten before a lively Zalgiris
BARCELONA, 25 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Basketball Barça will seek to achieve ten victories this Friday and stay at the head of the Regular Phase of the Euroleague 2021-2022, taking advantage of the visit to Palau Blaugrana (9:00 p.m.) of the bottom, albeit animated, Lithuanian Zalgiris Kaunas.
So far, the Blaugrana team is confirming to be one of the favorites for the continental title and has managed to recover from its only two defeats, consecutive in Tel-Aviv and Milan, with three victories in a row.
A good moment that he hopes to ratify before the former team of his coach, Sarunas Jasikevicius, on behalf of his coaching staff and the players Brandon Davies, Rokas Jokubaitis and Nigel Hayes-Davis, all of them with weight in the ‘culer’ team and who will live a special match.
The Palau Blaugrana is currently being a precious fortress for a Barça that has won its five games played in front of its fans, which can now fill the stands and is being a differential factor in favor of the Catalans.
For their part, Zalgiris comes to the meeting after winning their last two games consecutively, against Panathinaikos and Fenerbahçe in Kaunas, and thus put a 2-9 in the table after starting this Euroleague in the worst possible way, with nine defeats online.
After a change of coach, signings and a new tactic, those of the Slovenian Jure Zdovc arrive in Barcelona with more courage, and with some injuries back. Everything to try to put a Barça on the ropes that still does not have Cory Higgins or Nick Calathes, still injured.
Without them, the Blaugrana won on the track of an ASVEL Villeurbanne (60-80) which was being one of the positive sensations of the season. A solid victory without ups and downs, although those small disconnections are cause for “fear” for a Jasikevicius who seeks to put aside his heart to achieve that tenth victory that will keep them in the lead.
BARÇA: Laprovittola, Kuric, Hayes-Davis, Mirotic and Sanli -possible starting five-; Davies, Martínez, Smits, Oriola, Jokubaitis, Caicedo and Ubal.
ZALGIRIS: Kalnietis, Dragic, Strelnieks, Cavanough and Blazevic -possible starting five-; Webster, Lekavicius, Nebo, Miniotas, Lukosiunas, Milaknis and Ulanovas.
– REFEREES: Boltauzer, Rocha and Kardum.
– PAVILION: Palau Blaugrana.