Real Madrid may only be the fourth favorite in the books, but with their pedigree they cannot be overlooked.
The grueling Thursday-Sunday schedule turns the focus right back to La Liga. Atleti return home for a match vs. parent club Athletic Bilbao this weekend.
The Europa league knockout stage starts with a match at FC Copenhagen on Thursday.
After a stretch of three games in which Atletico were not themselves, Simeone went back to basics and turned the team around. The question now is if they can sustain this form and outdo Barcelona for the title.
Juventus, who have won six consecutive championships, are defending their title. Napoli, who finished just five points back last season, lead the league this year, one point over Juventus.
In one of the biggest midseason roster overhauls ever, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded away Dwayne Wade, Channing Frye, Isaiah Thomas, Iman Shumpert, Jae Crowder, and Derrick Rose. They received Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance, Jr.
Kyle Lowry scored 23 points, C.J. Miles added 20 off the bench, and the Toronto Raptors trounced the Boston Celtics 111-91 on Tuesday.