The hottest game of the round: Anadolu Efes – Armani Milan

Sinan Erdem Sports Hall will host March 28, 2023, an extremely important match for the Euroleague playoff between Anadolu Efes and Armani Milan.

The Turks are in 10th place with 14 wins and 16 defeats, one win below the first playoff spot and tied with Milan. In the last 5 Euroleague matches, they had only one victory, in the match against Real Madrid at home, but after that victory, 2 hefty defeats followed. There was a 97-84 defeat at home with Partizan, and then it was followed by a much worse one away from Alba Berlin 95-93, although Micic and Clyburn gave 49 points and tried their best to avoid the defeat. In the last match in the championship, they managed to get a morale boost by winning at Konyaspor 99-93, with Micic, Larkin and Clyburn each playing less than 20 minutes. Efes no longer have big team problems, so it can rely on its most important players: Clyburn 17.2 ppg. 6.0 reb; Small 16.6 ppg, 5.4 ast; Larkin 11.9 ppg, 4.6 ast and Beaubois 11.1 ppg.

The Italians have the same ranking line as the Turks and occupy the 11th place, but they are one of the most on-fire teams in the competition, they have only one away defeat at Real Madrid in the last 5 matches. Last week they achieved 2 important victories. They won at Fenerbahce, after another memorable match made by Napier 26 points helped by Luwawu-Cabarrot with 19 points. A much easier match followed with Bayern 99-74, Napier 20 points and Luwawu-Cabarrot 14 points being the best scorers this time as well. The best scorers in the Euroleague are Napier 15.7 ppg, Baron 11.4 ppg and Davies 10.6 ppg.

Milan must repair its image after the humiliation suffered in the match in Italy, 51-80. The arrival of Napier changed the entire offensive game, now having many more offensive weapons and a much more varied game to deal with the style with many 3-pointers imposed by Efes. Ataman is still trying to fix the defense, but at the moment it is unsuccessful and he has to put his hopes in an extremely good offensive game made by his team.

Valentin Petruta

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