Valencia vs Saski Baskonia live stream: Watch today’s EuroLeague basketball online
The 2022/23 EuroLeague basketball season tips off on Thursday evening as Valencia take on Saski Baskonia at 7:30pm (UK time).
How to live stream Valencia vs Saski Baskonia online:
Bet365* stream a selection of EuroLeague games live for account holders. Those interested in streaming Valencia vs Saski Baskonia 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.
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Ask the average fan who finished third last season in Spain’s Liga ACB and you’ll likely get more ‘Saski Boskonia’ replies than you will ‘Valencia’. Alas, this ‘average fan’ I’ve just concocted will likely also be unaware that, after a largely middling two decades, in the 15 seasons since 2007/08, Valencia have finished top-five in regular season record in the league 13 times, and won the EuroCup three times, while reaching the final on another two occasions. Over the past nine Liga ACB seasons, Valencia have finished with a top-three regular season record five times, and posted the league’s best record in 2017/18. A once-mediocre basketball outfit, Valencia have grown into, if not the undisputed third-best team in the league, certainly a side comfortable in the upper reaches of Spanish club basketball.
Of course part of the reason that Valencia are not recognised is a powerhouse in the sport, either domestically or in Europe, is that they’ve long struggled to turn that regular season success into postseason glory on the biggest stages. For all that they’ve done in the regular season over the past decade and a half, Valencia have reached the finals of the Liga ACB playoffs just twice, without capturing the ultimate prize. They’ve made even less noise in the EuroLeague, where they’ve made five appearances since the 2010/11 season, never advancing past the quarterfinals, and twice failing to make the EuroLeague playoffs.
Nonetheless, Valencia’s regular season success continued in 2021/22 season. With a 23-11 record, Valencia finished third in the league table, on 46 points, just eight off leaders Barcelona and four behind Real Madrid, ahead of the likes of the perennially impressive Joventut Badalona and their Thursday night opponents, Basque side Saski Baskonia.
Baskonia posted the sixth-best record in the league last season (20-14). As a result, the two sides squared off in a best-of-three first round series in the Liga ACB playoffs. Baskonia eked out a one-point win in the series opener in Valencia, before dropping the second game at home by seven to set up a decisive third game in Valencia. That contest turned out to be a shocker, not simply because Baskonia emerged victorious, or even that they did so via blowout, but because of how exactly they got there. In that do-or-die contest, Baskonia trailed by a point, 54-53, after three quarters. Then, incredibly, they held Valencia to just five points in the final quarter, scored 23 of their own, and came away 76-59 winners.
The sides are yet to meet in competitive action this season. Each has two league games under their belt thus far. Baskonia followed up a double-digit season-opening win over Unicaja with a 15-point away loss to Barcelona. Valencia, meanwhile, has once again started strong, with a five-point away win against Real Betis in their opener, followed by a four-point overtime win at home over Joventut Badalona.