The 2018 Spanish ACB basketball playoffs continues to the championships

Spanish ACB playoff continues As the 35th edition of the Spanish ACB draws to its end, we take a look at the playoff of the Spanish basketball popularly referred to as Liga Endesa for sponsorship reasons. The competition which began September 29, 2017 is poised to round off by the end of June of 2018.

How Does ACB Playoff Work?

The playoff which is organized in Quarter-final, Semi-finals and finals. The Play-off currently at the quarter-finals which is made up 8 teams is grouped into 2. Six teams are to progress to the semi-final. Three teams out the of  six teams in the semi-finals are expected to progress to the finals with low betting odds unlike big free bets NBA.

The league season which feature 18 teams including reigning champions Valencia basket commenced on September 29 2017 as all teams fought for a play-off spot for the league’s championship trophy. As the games progressed title contenders were separated from the pretenders. Teams also fought for survival from the drop zone. The league isn’t considered the elite league on the continent for nothing as there have been inflow and outflow of tactician within the course of the season. The regular league season witnessed the departure of 9 coaches with Real Betis Energia plus and Retabet Bilbao Basket both firing twice within the 8 months interval.

The End of ACB Regular Season

At the end of the regular season of 34 round of games, 8 teams were able to make it to the play-off. Real Madrid becoming the number 1 side to secure ticket to play-off after finishing top of the league standing with 30 wins and 4 defeats. Baskonia’s replacement of Pablo Prigioni with Pedro Martinez and the Spaniard was able to over-turn an early scare in the side to see a second place finished. Fc Barcelona Lassa were the third team to secure ticket to the play-off. Current champions Valencia basket finished fourth in the league. Gran Canaria, MoraBanc Andorra and Unicaja Malaga aligned in 5th, 6th and 7th positions respectively.

Iberostar Tenerife replacement of Nenad Markovic with Fotios Katsikaris back in November was certainly a move in the right direction as the Greek coach who inherited a team languishing in 12 position was able to inspire a performance that not only pulled the side out of the other half of the table but to secure a playoff spot.

On the other half of the table, the replacement of Carles Duran with Veljko Mrsic back in November looked like a step in the right direction by the management of RetaBet Bilbao basket as the team were just a position above relegation waters at the moment but the Croatian failed to impress as the side finished 17th. Real Betis seemed relegation bound as the club began the season in poor fashion. Their replacement of Alejandro Martinez with Oscar Quintana and subsequently with Javier Carrasco could not salvage their fate as the finished bottom of the league.

After the first set of games in the quarter-finals, Real Madrid, Baskonia and Valencia all secured victories while Barcelona suffered a shocked home defeat to MoraBanc Andorra leaving the team in danger of early exit. Baskonia and Real Madrid, led by wonder boy Luka Doncic, have a chance to secure semi-final ticket tonight if the can grab a victory on the road at Unicaja and Tenerife. Barcelona will be visiting Andorra in a bid to secure revenge and put their ambition back on track. While reigning Valencia visit Gran Canaria.

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