Spain vs. Bulgaria Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 1, 2022, 13:30 CET
Eurobasket starts on Thursday, and Spain and Bulgaria meet in the opening match. This match will be played in Tbilisi, Georgia, and the start is scheduled for 13:30.
This will be a clash between David and Goliath, i.e., the team that many see as the winner of the group and the main underdog. We will see whether the Spaniards will live up to their role as favorites on Thursday.
Many believe that this is the weakest roster of the Spanish national team in the last 20 years. They are going through a transition process – a lot of experienced players have retired, while the young ones don’t have enough experience yet, and their quality is not at the same level as their predecessors’.
Willy Hernangomez will be Spain’s main force at Eurobasket. He played very well in the preparatory period, and continued his good performance in the qualifiers for the FIBA World Championship. He scored 19 points against Iceland and 10 against the Netherlands, and he also made a big contribution in friendly matches with Lithuania and Greece.
There is also his brother Juancho, as well as playmaker Lorenzo Brown, who was naturalized due to the deficit of good choices for this position. Experienced Rudy Fernandez is still part of the team, but it is questionable how much fuel is left in his tank.
This will be the first Eurobasket for the Bulgarians after 11 years. Then they made a good impression, and achieved two victories, against Belgium and Georgia, but it was not enough to qualify for the knockout stage.
Sasha Vezenkov will lead Bulgaria in this tournament. The power forward of Olympiakos played brilliantly in the Euroleague the whole season. With his performance, he showed why Barcelona scouts noticed him when he was young.
Besides him, there is naturalized guard Dee Bost, who has been playing for Bulgaria for several years. He is an experienced player and has a very accurate three-point shot, so he will be the main player in the Bulgarian backcourt.
The other players are of modest basketball quality. All of them mostly play for Bulgarian clubs that are far from European basketball standards.
These two teams played an official match 31 years ago at Eurobasket. The Spaniards then celebrated 94-93.
Although Spain’s squad is weaker than in previous competitions, they are a clear favorite against Bulgaria. Therefore, we believe that they will triumph easily and convincingly, and we expect a victory with a difference of 20+ points.
Prediction: Spain -17.5