Germany vs. Spain Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 16, 2022 20:30 CET
Eurobasket is slowly coming to an end. On Friday, the excitement will reach a boiling point as the semi-final clashes are on the schedule. Germany and Spain will meet in one of those clashes.
The home side continued their great performance in the quarterfinals, while the current world champions once again showed that they are the most dangerous when everyone writes them off.
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After excellent games in the group stage and the elimination of Montenegro, the German basketball players played their best game in the quarterfinals. They defeated Greece led by Giannis Antetokounmpo 107-96 and thus came one step closer to the best result in history.
They were European champions in 1993, while in 2005 they were defeated by Greece in the final. The moment for revenge arrived 17 years later.
The fight between the Germans and the Greeks was the best one in the championship. We saw a handful of excitement, good moves, and nice actions, and in the end Gordie Herbert’s players were happy. Their shot selection was perfect. They hit 17 out of 31 three-pointers, which is a 54.8% success rate, so this is the main reason for the victory.
As for individual achievements, experienced center Daniel Theis played his best tournament game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, so he was very productive on both ends of the court. The guard tandem Schroder – Wagner scored a total of 45 points, and Andreas Obst had a fantastic shooting night and hit five three-pointers out of seven attempts.
Although they won a medal at each of the last six Eurobaskets, no one ranked the Spaniards among the biggest favorites for the European throne before this tournament. Many experts felt that this roster did not have enough quality to fight for a place on the podium but they were wrong.
They showed again why they are the most dominant European team in the last 20 years. First, they eliminated Lithuania in the round of 16 after overtime, and then they scored 100 points against Finland in the quarterfinals. Despite being down 15 points in the second quarter against the Finns, they played a brilliant second half to win by double digits 100-90.
Willy Hernangomez played another great game and scored 27 points, while Lorenzo Brown had a double-double performance of 10 points and 11 assists. However, the most important role was played by the oldest player, Rudy Fernandez, who hit key shots at the end of the match and knocked out the Finns.
These two national teams met in the quarterfinals of the previous Eurobasket in 2017. Then the Spaniards triumphed 84-72 and later won bronze.
The Germans have been playing great throughout the championship and the bookmakers mark them as favorites. However, the Spaniards know how to play these kinds of matches, so the experience is their advantage. We expect an exciting clash, and we won’t be surprised if the final possessions decide the winner.
Prediction: Spain +4.5