Euroleague, Playoff Series breakdown: Real Madrid vs. Power Electronics Valencia

A Quarterfinal Playoffs test between two teams that know each other well promises to produce great basketball and excitement as Real Madrid and Power Electronics Valencia duel for a ticket to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in nearby Barcelona. Madrid, the winningest team in Euroleague history, aims to return to the Final Four for the first time since 1996, while Valencia targets its first Final Four, period. The similarities between the teams are vast. Both underwent coaching changes this season: Svetislav Pesic rescued Valencia midway through the Regular Season and has carried the team this far. Lele Molin only recently inherited Madrid’s bench after Ettore Messina resigned following the last Top 16 game. Both teams also have a mix of promising young guns coupled with experienced vets, several of whom have past Final Four experience. One area that could have a major impact on the series is the play in the paint. Madrid is the Euroleague’s leading rebounding team this season, with 39.1 per game, and features this season’s best offensive rebounder, D’Or Fischer. At the same time, Valencia enters the series with two of its best rebounders, Victor Claver and James Augustine, sidelined due to injury. It’s now the moment of truth for these teams, both looking to overcome adversity to reach Barcelona and move closer to Euroleague glory! Read more here. (Hanesbrands Inc.)