El Clásico returns to the ACB Copa del Rey final after a year of leave of absence that saw the whites be crowned champions in Malaga. The previous two editions were taken by the Catalans, beating the Madridistas in the last play and with arbitration controversy in between. The duels between these two giants of Spanish basketball have been decided by small details and we do not believe that this atypical edition at the Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid will be different. Barça touched the abyss with Unicaja in the quarterfinals after losing by 22 points, while the Whites also saw them closely in their semifinal against Tenerife when they fell by 18 in the second period.
The two contenders, however, knew how to lick their wounds and offer us the final dreamed of with several proper names on the table. Nikola Mirotic must be the Barça beacon that so far has not been in this tournament with a superlative Corey Higgins averaging almost 20 points per game and 70% in the accuracy in the shot. At Real Madrid, Argentine Gabi Deck shows muscle, who also averages 20 goals and who has proven himself to be the perfect substitute in the scoring leadership of the match Facundo Campazzo. Precisely the current base of the Denver Nuggets was the protagonist in the last duel between both contenders with a title at stake in this year’s Super Cup, resolving in favor of the whites by 72-67.
For this match, we see Barcelona as favorites by a narrow margin. That the culés repeat the triumph they already achieved in 2019 is paid to 1.64 being an interesting quota considering the sensations they left in the semifinal against Baskonia. They dominated the whole game, but they took a nap in the last period that was almost fatal because the Vitorians were within four points. Fortunately for them, Higgins appeared to make a difference as he did on the opening day when he knocked down Unicaja with an excellent extra time.
Real Madrid, which receives quota 2.25 for its triumph, it is the best offensive team in the competition with an average of 85 points in two games. The Whites use their high pace of play to try to get a point from a Barça that has one of the best defenses in Europe, but has rarely activated it this season. We believe that it is more than likely that we will find a final with more than 159.5 points considering that the two previous occasions in which they were measured exceeded this bar with ease. Betting on this has a prize of 1.88 And yes, we see very clearly that it can be accomplished that we have both teams at 80 points.
There is a quota reserved only for the brave and it is the one that implies that we find an extension in the meeting. This possibility is paid to 11.00 and no one rules out that the contestants may be forced to play extra minutes due to the obvious equality of these games. The Copa del Rey ACB is one of the most attractive tournaments on the European basketball calendar because the teams play without a net. Barça are favorites, but watch out for Madrid, which is more rested, plays at home and knows how to compete like no one else. It can be the revalidation match as a culé for a Mirotic that needs to hit the table.
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