Asvel player Elie Okobo. (Photo by PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP)
The Euroleague meeting between Asvel and Monaco on Tuesday January 18 at 8 p.m. at the Astroballe in Villeurbanne will weigh heavily in the race for the play-offs. The two teams have each had eight wins since the start of the season and they need to win to continue to believe in the top 8.
Before the crucial clash between Asvel and Monaco on Tuesday January 18 at 8 p.m. at the Astroballe in Villeurbanne, each team can reassure themselves with a statistic in their favor. Monaco’s Roca have won four of their last six Euroleague games since the arrival of new coach Sasa Obradovic, named Zvezdan Mitrovic’s successor in mid-December. A great series that allows the Rock club to believe again in its chances of qualifying for the play-offs at the end of the regular season. Monaco is currently 11th (8 wins – 11 losses).
Opposite, Asvel is not doing as well. Faced with a cascade of injuries in his locker room since the start of winter, Villeurbanne coach TJ Parker has seen his troops lose ground in the Euroleague after an excellent start to the season. The recent losing streak has pushed Asvel to 9th place (8 wins – 10 losses), but a win against Monaco could see Turkish club Andalou Efes Istanbul tie in 8th place. Asvel wants to believe it by resting on the memorable memory of the first leg against Monaco in the Euroleague, won in the Principality in the Gaston-Médecin room on a shot at the buzzer and almost from his own half of the field by William Howard (85-84 ).
Another argument in the sleeve of the Villeurbanne club, Chris Jones and Elie Okobo, the two centerpieces of the Rhone workforce, respectively 13.8 and 16.3 points on average per game since the start of the Euroleague season (15 .7 and 14.9), will be on the floor tonight to challenge Monaco. “We are in the fight with Asvel for the Top 8, there is a big stake too. Slowing down the Jones-Okobo duo will be one of the keys. They make the team play and the team plays for them”, moreover in front of the press Yakuba Ouattara, the back of Monaco.
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