Greece vs. Czech Republic Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 11, 2022 20:45 CET
In the last game of the first knockout round of Eurobasket, Greece and the Czech Republic meet. The venue of this match will be the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, and it will be played on Sunday at 8:45 p.m.
Along with Serbia, the Greeks are the only undefeated national team in the group stage of the European Championship. They arrive in Berlin with high expectations and no other result than winning a medal will fulfill their ambitions.
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The Greeks won first place in Group C with ease. They beat all their opponents, and only had a little more difficulty with Croatia and Italy. In the other matches against Estonia, Ukraine, and Great Britain, coach Dimitris Itoudis’ players triumphed easily.
Giannis Antetokounmpo once again showed what makes him one of the most dominant players in the world right now. In the first five games, he averaged 29.5 points, 9 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. His average efficiency index is 33.8 and according to this parameter, he is the best player in the Eurobasket group stage.
With him at the helm, Greece acts as a serious contender for the European throne, and the roster of this national team is composed of several very high-quality individuals. In terms of points, Giannis’ first partner is Tyler Dorsey, an excellent scorer. In other aspects, very important links are Sloukas, Calathes, Papanikolaou, Papagiannis, and Papapetrou, so the Greeks have great players in all positions.
The Czechs did not make the best use of being the hosts of group D. They secured passage to the next stage only in the last game against Israel, but they met the toughest possible opponent in the Round of 16.
The injury of key player Tomas Satoransky significantly slowed down the start of the Czech Republic in this tournament. He played only three games, but in the first two he was invisible and his contribution was negligible. However, he played the best match against Israel and then he reminded everyone why he is the real leader of this national team. He finished that match with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 11 assists and was most responsible for his team’s victory in the do-or-die game.
This roster of the Czech Republic has been playing together in the last few competitions and they have recorded respectable results. At the last Mundobasket, they finished in sixth place, and they also participated in the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year. However, the impression is that they are not at that level in this competition.
The two teams last met in the 2021 Olympic qualifiers, with the Czechs beating the Greeks 97-72. However, Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t play for Greece then.
We believe that the Greeks are clear favorites in this clash and that they will confirm it on the floor on Sunday. The difference in quality is huge at the moment and anything but an easy and convincing victory for Greece will be a big surprise for us.
Prediction: Greece -12.5