Italy vs. Croatia Prediction, Tips & Odds – Sep 06, 2022 21:00 CET
Monday will be another very eventful day at the Eurobasket. We focused on group C where arguably two of the best teams behind Greece collide in Mediolanum Forum. Both Italy and Croatia have been playing well but have also shown they lack the cutting edge to beat the main title favourites.
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Italy vs. Croatia Odds
Spread Odds(-2.5/+2.5): 1.80/1.91
Total Over/Under (160.5): 1.83
Italy Team News
After a routine opening win over Estonia(83:62), Italy managed to hang on against the main group favourites Greece until the very end. Spurred on by their home crowd they tried to pull off a comeback in the final minutes but came short and suffered a respectable 85:81 defeat.
As expected, Italy have primarily relied on Simone Fontecchio in the absence of their main NBA star Danilo Gallinari. The new Utah Jazz player has been averaging impressive numbers but hasn´t received enough support. Despite having home advantage and a talented team, it seems the Azzurri will not have enough to fight for a medal.
Croatia Team News
It seems that this new resurrected Croatian team has forgotten everything about the past. Their new American import Jaleen Smith has been the cornerstone of their newly found success along with some key pieces returning from injuries.
Mainstays such as Bojan Bogdanović and Mario Hezonja now have enough support to keep up with virtually any team on the continent. However, the game against Greece proved that both Italy and Croatia still lack the firepower to fight for a medal.
Italy vs. Croatia Prediction
Italian Coach Gianmarco Pozzecco preferes fast-paced and efficient style of basketball. On other hand, Croatia play a bit more methodical but can always light up the scoreboard with their offensive quality.
Both teams have a game on Sunday but against the group outsiders. They will have enough time to rest so we expect a dynamic game of basketball on Monday evening with both teams showcasing their offensive skill.
Date and time: 06.09.2022 21:00 CET
Prediction: Total Over 160.5