Finland vs. Netherlands Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 08, 2022 14:00 CET
The Eurobasket group stage will be completed on Thursday. The last matches in groups C and D will be played, and in the first match of the day, Finland and the Netherlands meet.
The Finns have already qualified for the knockout stage, but they will have to win this match for the best possible final position. On the other hand, the Dutch were relegated and this match will be like a friendly game for them.
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The Finnish basketball players have recorded two wins and two losses in the European Championship so far. They beat Poland 89-59 and the Czech Republic 98-88, while they were defeated by Israel 87-89 and Serbia 70-100.
Lauri Markkanen is the alpha and omega of this national team and scores an average of 25.5 points per match, so he is currently the third scorer of the tournament. The Finns play quite fast and mostly rely on the three-point shot. They force the same style of play for all 40 minutes, so every game they have played so far has been with a large number of possessions.
They can finish in second place if they beat the Netherlands, and Poland and Israel lose to Serbia and the Czech Republic. Therefore, we should expect maximally committed and focused Finns, because second place brings them an easier opponent in the round of 16.
Before the start of the competition, the Dutch were, in the opinion of many, the weakest team in this group and they confirmed that opinion. They did not achieve a single victory, but they did not surrender in any match. Only against Serbia, they had no chance to win 76-100. They played quite solidly against Israel, the Czech Republic, and Poland, losing all three matches by single digits.
The Dutch, like the Finns, play fast because they have guards with an enviable level of athleticism. De Jong, Franke, and Kloof, who are the key players of this national team, like to play fast and finish possessions early.
Although they have already been eliminated, we expect them to play another attractive and effective match in this tournament.
It will be the first official match between these two teams in history.
We are predicting another efficient match by the Finns. We believe that they will play again in their recognizable style and that they will manage to score 90 or more points against the weak defense of the Netherlands.
Prediction: Finland Total Points Over 87.5