Great Britain vs. Italy Prediction, Tips & Odds – Sep. 08, 2022 21:00 CET
Italy has not lived up to the expectations of home fans so far and this will be their last game in Milan before going to Berlin.
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After everything seen at Eurobasket so far, Great Britain left the worst impression. Without a doubt, they are the weakest of all 24 teams and will surely end this tournament with five defeats. Maybe some expected more after the good game against Latvia in the World Cup qualifiers, but that didn’t happen.
Great Britain has the most difficulties in offense. They don’t get into the situation to create open shots and even when they do, it mostly ends in misses. Great Britain don’t shine defensively either, since only Croatia failed to score 90 or more points against them. Also, it won’t be a surprise if head coach Nate Reinking gives a chance to some players who haven’t played much so far as Great Britain no longer has a chance to advance to the round of 16.
This season, London Lions will play in the Eurocup and there may be some players who could benefit this national team in the future. With this kind of roster at the moment, they can hardly expect better results.
Italy was expected to finish second in this group, but that is now impossible. They will finish in third or fourth place and have no influence at all on the outcome. Result of the game Ukraine-Croatia will decide second, third and fourth position.
Italy created a big problem for themselves with a convincing defeat against Ukraine in third round. They were close to losing to Croatia, but Simone Fontecchio played a masterful fourth quarter and thus prevented another defeat. Gianmarco Pozzecco is probably not the best choice for head coach position, but he is a real showman. This will be Italy’s last game in Milan and they will certainly be motivated to say goodbye to their home crowd in the best possible way.
Italy can theoretically finish third and avoid Serbia in the round of 16 only if Ukraine beats Croatia. The prerequisite is of course that Italy triumphs against Great Britain. That is why we should expect a focused Italy, which could already have a 15-point lead by halftime.
Those two national teams never played against each other in the past, so this will be their first meeting.
All players are available for Great Britain. Italy is without several players at this Eurobasket including Danilo Gallinari and Daniel Hackett.
Great Britain vs. Italy Prediction
As already mentioned, Italy will play with the desire to say goodbye to the home crowd with a win. Great Britain lost to Estonia 94:62 and that’s all you need to know about them at this point. The only question is by what margin Italy will want to defeat them. In any case, 18 points is the minimum expected.
Date and Time: 08.09.2022. 21:00 CET
Pick: Italy -17