Everything is ready for the big match of the 22nd day of LegaBasket Serie A with the Mediolanum Forum which will host the match between Olympia Milan And Virtus Bologna. Up for grabs is first place at the end of the regular season. The precedents between the two teams are 193, with Milan ahead both in the total calculation (109-84) and for the home games (70-24). In 2022/23, the two teams have already faced each other three times: in Bologna in the first leg with a 74-96 victory for Olimpia, in the semi-final of the Supercoppa at the beginning of the season in Brescia with a 64-72 victory for Segafredo and in the first leg of the EuroLeague with the victory of Virtus at the Forum 59-64.
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1st quarter –
– Olympia Milan. Quintet: Napier, Baron, Ricci, Voigtmann, Melli. Messina “I think whoever manages to remain most faithful to their identity will win. They have physical importance in full-backs, which we will have to pay attention to.”
– Virtus Bologna, the 12 on the pitch: Mannion, Belinelli, Bako, Jaiteh, Lundberg, Shengelia, Hackett, Menalo, Mickey, Camara, Weems, Abass. Scariolo: “relatively used to a season studded with absences. This match is of no particular importance, we want to be competitive until the end.”
– Virtus Bologna arrives at the Forum to warm up before the match.
Milan vs Virtus Bologna, where to see it. The 194th match between the two teams will be broadcast clear on NINE and streaming on Eleven Sports and DAZN starting at 18:00.
The injury situation. Many absences for both formations. L’Olympia Milan will still have to do without Shavon Shields, injured in the championship last week in Brindisi. Although subsequent analyzes did not reveal any injuries, the player’s conditions are assessed day by day. In the last EuroLeague match in Madrid, Olimpia lost again instead Kevin Pangos, which will have to stop for another two weeks. Finally, they remain out for Olimpia Devon Hall, Gigi Datome And Paul Biligha.
On the other side the Virtus Bologna will definitely take the field without Isaiah Cordinier And Ojeleye seedswhile there are three players in doubt for coach Scariolo: the employment of Alexander Pajola, Gabriel Lundberg And Milos Teodosic will be decided just before the tap-off. Gora Camara with the team but still unavailable.
The words of the protagonists
Here Milan. The assistant coach Mario Fioretti: “We face the most complete offensive team in the championship so we will have to be concentrated in every phase of the defensive game. In attack we will have to try to continue to be effective regardless of the tactical choices we will have to face. Of course, as always in this type of match, aggression, rebounding and attention to detail will be key.”
Virtus here. The assistant coach Andrea Diana: “We meet a team that, despite the many injuries during the season, has always maintained a great solidity from a defensive point of view. With the return of the injured players and the inclusion of Cabarrot and Napier in the running, they have also increased their offensive efficiency. First of all, there will be a need to have great emotional control during the match and play with great discipline for the entire 40 minutes. The keys to the game will certainly be rebound control and trying to limit turnovers.”