Slovenia vs. Belgium Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 10, 2022 14:45 CET
Slovenia and Belgium meet in the second match of Saturday’s Eurobasket schedule. This game, like all the others until the end of the tournament, will be played in Berlin, and the start is at 14:45.
It will be a clash between the top-ranked team in Group B and the fourth-ranked team in Group A. The Slovenians are absolute favorites in this clash and anything but their easy victory will be a surprise.
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Slovenia achieved their goal when it comes to the group stage. Although this group was significantly stronger than the other three, the Slovenians won first place and now have a fairly easy path to the semi-finals.
They achieved four victories and defeated all the main rivals: France, Germany, and Lithuania. In addition, they registered an easy victory against Hungary, while they were unexpectedly defeated by Bosnia and Herzegovina, but that loss turned out to be painless in the end.
Luka Doncic once again showed his extraordinary talent. The superstar of the Dallas Mavericks scored 83 points in the last two games and also recorded 17 rebounds and 9 assists. His performance against France in the last round was particularly impressive – 47 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. This made him the second player with the most points scored in one Eurobasket game in history.
Along with Doncic, there is experienced Goran Dragic, MVP of the last Eurobasket, who is also a very important factor in Slovenia’s game. The Slovenians play dynamically, and they try to surprise the opponent’s defense with a quick transition from defense to attack. They are very efficient and with 92.8 points per game, they are the second most efficient team in this tournament.
On the other hand, the Belgians achieved their goal by placing in the knockout phase, so they will enter this match without pressure. They are aware that they are absolute outsiders in this match and will probably enjoy every minute of this clash.
They finished fourth in Group A, with two wins and three losses. Dario Gjergja’s team made one of the biggest surprises of the tournament by defeating Spain 83-73. Let’s not forget that they achieved a road win against Serbia two months ago in the Mundobasket qualifiers, so no one should consider the Belgians as a basketball anonymous anymore.
The main strength of this national team is the guard tandem Retin Obasohan – Emmanuel Lecomte, on whose efficiency and creativity Belgium’s attack largely depends. Ismael Bako is another interesting player. This center will play for Baskonia next season, and his main virtues are a high level of athleticism and explosiveness.
These two national teams played their last official match against each other at the Eurobasket in 2011. Then the Slovenians won 70-61.
The Slovenians will probably impose their rhythm from the first minute, which means a lot of running, possession, and points. We believe that the Belgians will somehow manage to adapt and that we will see an extremely effective clash.
Prediction: 170.5 over