Belgium vs. Georgia Prediction, Tips and Odds – September 1, 2022, 19:00 CET
All Group A matches at the upcoming Eurobasket will be played in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. The hosts will start this competition with a match against Belgium, and that match will be played on Thursday at 19:00.
Terrible bad luck happened to the Georgians a few days before the start of the Eurobasket when their most important player was injured. On the other hand, the Belgians have been playing very well in recent months, so they are motivated to prove themselves under the spotlight of the biggest European stage.
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The Belgians drew the public’s attention to themselves in the qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup. They defeated Serbia both times. They continued to play very well throughout August – they beat Great Britain 72-57 and are very close to qualifying for next year’s Mundobasket.
This national team does not have a real superstar, but their players have been playing together for a long time and know each other very well. Two players stood out as the leaders of this team – Ismael Bako and Retin Obasohan. Both will be members of the Euroleague teams starting next season – Bako will play for Virtus Bologna and Obasohan for ASVEL.
The Belgians play with discipline and dedication on both sides of the court. Each player clearly knows what his tasks are and strictly follows the instructions given by the coach.
On the other hand, the Georgian basketball public is shocked by the fact that the best player of this national team, Tornike Shengelia, will not be playing in the upcoming Eurobasket. He suffered a serious shoulder injury in the Mundobasket qualifier against the Netherlands and will not be on the roster.
In his absence, the most important players will be Goga Bitadze, Giorgi Shermadini and Sandro Mamukelashvili. There is also naturalized playmaker Thadd McFadden, who has been playing for Georgia for a long time. He has a lot of experience since he has been playing for clubs from the ACB league for several years.
Georgians do not like to play at a fast pace. They are patient and build every action in the attack calmly. Such an approach should be expected at Eurobasket as well.
Belgians and Georgians last met at EuroBasket in 2011. Then, Georgia convincingly won 81-59.
We think this will be a very tough game. These teams don’t have many players with outstanding athleticism on their rosters, so we’re going to see a lot of possessions that end in the final seconds. Therefore, we believe that this will be an ineffective match.
Prediction: 154.5 under