Countdown in the Euroleague

The countdown is underway, there are three exact weeks and four days left and the remainder of the current one for the end of the regular phaseso that the playoff qualifiers and the teams that will have the home court factor are known. The four Spanish clubs are in the racealthough each in their own way. The Madrid (since Tuesday) and Barcelona (with his victory this Thursday at the OAKA) They are already mathematically classified for the quarterfinals and have the court advantage very close at hand. The whites play this Friday in bologna (19:00, Dazn), again without Llull or Williams-Goss, against a Virtus also with casualties (Teodosic, Pajola and Cordinier, although Scariolo awaits the return of Ojeleye) and who was able to win at the WiZink Center 91-95 with 19 points from Lundberg and 16 from Bako. The Italian club yesterday presented the project for its new Segafredo Arena for 10,000 fans, whose construction will be completed at the beginning of 2025 after an outlay of 55 million euros.

A win in Bologna would leave Real with more than a foot and a half inside the top four for good (and if it falls, it can only be worth beating Fenerbahçe at home next Wednesday), some privileged positions with five teams as great applicants. The other four are Olympiacos, which has done it, Barça, AS Monaco and Fenerwhich has lost some steam with three defeats in its last four games and today has a vital duel against Zalgiris. The star game, however, is Partizán-Olympiacos. Serbs and Maccabi (even more after winning in Villeurbanne) they are well placed to advance to the playoffs. If they succeeded, there would only be another ticket to be assigned to which seven teams are still aspiring. Among them, Baskonia, Valencia and even, with very remote options, the Red Star, which with its victory yesterday complicates theirs for those from Vitoria. The goal is to achieve 18 victories, which can determine the cut.

Of those who come from behind, Napier’s Armani Milan is the fittestbut he must win everything and his calendar is very tough. Efes is running out of credit. The tough defeat this Thursday in Berlinwhere he fell in the last minute with an injury to Micic after coming back from 19 points, it can make him go from double champion to outside the top eight in just a few months.

Madrid and Virtus have seven players aged 35 or over

In the Euroleague there are currently 18 players aged 35 or over and Madrid have four of them (Rudy, 38; Sergio Rodríguez, 37; Causeur and Llull, both 35).more than any other team. Behind, with three, is his rival this Friday, Virtus Bolognawhich has three (Belinelli, who turns 37 this Saturday; Teodosic, 36, and Hackett, 35). The seven will not be on the Segafredo Arena floor because Llull and Teodosic are injured; however, the number is significant. Beyond these two clubs, Asvel Villeurbanne also has three players aged 35 and over (De Colo, Kahudi and Tyus) and a fourth, Lighty, who will turn 35 in May. Behind it appears the Anadolu Efes with two (Beaubois and Dunston) and the Armani with another two (Datome and Hines).

The oldest is Guy Pnini, from Maccabi, who will turn 40 in September, although despite being registered he has not played anything. Three other teams have their veteran: Raduljica (Red Star), Othello Hunter (Bayern) and Van Rossom (Valencia). And up to seven clubs do not have any (Nemanja Bjelica, from Fenerbahçe, does not turn 35 until May).

Regarding the contribution, number one is the French De Colo, who is the one who values ​​the most of the veterans (15.2 on average), the one who scores the most (13.6 with 44% in triples) and the second in assists (3.5 to Chacho’s 4.1). Beaubois and Dunston, from Efes, may be the best couple.

Regarding the merengue quartet, Chacho, Llull, Causeur and Rudy account for almost 22% of Madrid’s minutes (they would be more without the injuries to Llull and Rudy), they contribute 16% of the points and almost 40% of the assists. A very high figure, but one that exceeds the Virtus trio with 43% of the basket passes for his team. Veterans have their weightThe Virtus-Madrid duel is a good example.

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