On the heels of a delightful disappointment at the hands of Real Madrid, Barcelona tip off their 2022-23 domestic league campaign Friday night (8:30pm UK) in the Canary Islands, against a solid Gran Canaria side.
In the first (5:30pm UK) of Saturday’s two 2022 ACB Supercopa de España semifinals in Sevilla, hosts Coosur Real Betis take on 2021-22 Liga ACB runners-up Real Madrid, with the winner to take on the winner of the evening’s second contest, between Barcelona and Joventut Badalona.
How to live stream Real Madrid v Monbus Obradoiro online:
Bet365* stream a selection of Spanish Liga ACB games live for account holders. Those interested in streaming Real Madrid v Monbus Obradoiro live can take advantage of this service by following the simple steps below. After following the link below, you’ll notice the landing page advertises FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying is on Bet365’s schedule, too.
- Click on this link.
- Click ‘join now’ and enter details.
- Log in and fund your account.
- Navigate to the ‘In-Play’ link at the top of the homepage and select your desired event.
*Geo restrictions apply, 18+ only, must have a funded account or placed a bet in the last 24 hours, BeGambleAware. All odds and offers within this article are accurate at the time of writing (15:50, 29/09/22).
You know all the stuff I said about Barcelona ahead of their Friday night season opener? Take that and reverse it, and you’ve got the Real Madrid story heading into the 2022-23 campaign.
Where Barça jumped out to red-hot starts and early leads in both Liga ACB and the EuroLeague, Real Madrid was inconspicuous, consistently very good, with the odd rough patch thrown in. However, by the time the the end of the season came around, Barça was flagging on both fronts, while Madrid was shifting into gear. In the Liga ACB playoffs, Madrid coasted past Baxi Manresa in the quarterfinals in a two-game sweep, then disposed of Saski Baskonia in the semis, via a three-game sweep. Waiting for them, of course, was the rival Blaugrana.
Now, bear in mind, prior to the season, Madrid had beaten Barça in the final of the Supercopa de España (as they did again this season) and, far more crushingly, in mid May, bounced the Barça from the EuroLeague Final Four after overcoming a double-digit second half deficit. And all that kept Madrid from the EuroLeague title was an inexplicable, frankly awe-inspiring offensive outage in the final against Turkish side Anadolu Efes, in which Los Blancos scored just 57 points in the game, just 23 of which came after halftime. Even then, this team somehow managed to come within a point of forcing overtime.
Meanwhile, back within Spanish borders, Madrid split the first two games of the Liga ACB finals in Barcelona, after which they returned home, blew out their rivals in Game 3 and pulled away late in Game 4 to secure the title.
With a Liga ACB season-opening win secured on Wednesday in Basque country, over Basquet Girona, Madrid are back at it on Friday, in their home opener. In their two recent meaningful contests (the Supercopa final against Barcelona and the season opener), Madrid’s two most consistent players have been Musa Džanan (17 points and 3,5 assists per game) and veteran point guard Sergio Llull (13.5 points and 5 assists). What we’ve also seen over these two games is that there’s enough talent on this team that, on any given night, the knockout blow can come from anywhere. For instance, in the Supercopa final, in addition to Musa and Llull, Edy Tavares led the way with an outstanding 24-point, 12-rebound showing, while Gabriel Deck contributed had 14 points and eight rebounds of his own. Then, in the Liga opener, it was Mario Hezonja, who had 23 points and seven rebounds, while Guerschon Yabusele had 17 points and six assists.
Madrid’s opponent on Friday night is, well… a team from Liga ACB. Monbus Obradoiro, based in the Galician region of Santiago de Compostela, is the epitome of a lower-mid-table survivor. Since gaining promotion to the top tier in 2011-12 (they’d spent the three seasons before yo-yoing between promotion and relegation), Obradoiro has been a fixture in Liga ACB – though, you’ll be forgiven for not having their name roll off your tongue when you rattle off the roster of squads. Over these past 11 years, with the exception of an eighth-place finish in 2012-13, this side has hovered between 12th and 15th in an 18-team league. Last season was arguably the most exciting of the bunch, as they won team won 12 of 34 league contests, with a point differential of -137 (roughly -5.5 per game), and avoided relegation by two points and a tiebreaker over Basket Zaragosa. It’s tough to imagine the scenario in which this team, against a defending champion on the heels of an emotional win over a rival and a businesslike season opener away from home, can hope for anything more than a respectable, competitive defeat.