Spain vs. France: Prediction, Tips and Odds – September 18, 2022, 20:30 CET
On Sunday, the Eurobasket final will be played. Spain and France will compete for the gold medal. Because reigning European champion Slovenia was eliminated in the quarter-finals, whoever wins will become the new title-holder.
This match will feature two national teams with exceptional defensive potential and quality. Coaches Vincent Collet and Sergio Scariolo expect their players to take full responsibility and approach every defensive play without hesitation.
Throughout the tournament, the Spaniards played excellent defense. They are prone to frequently switching defensive tactics, which can confuse opponents and throw them off rhythm. This was especially noticeable in the quarter-finals against Finland and the semi-finals against Germany. After that, the Spanish players switched to zone defense, which resulted in victories.
Alberto Diaz is the best defender among the Spanish guards and one of the tournament’s best defensive players. He will almost certainly apply constant pressure to France’s best playmaker, Thomas Heurtel. Usman Garuba is one of the most important centers.
In the semi-final against Germany, this young center made several key defensive plays. Because the French have three strong and big guys, we believe he will be an important part of the rotation in the final.
The French defense was also outstanding against Poland in the semi-finals. They were aggressive enough to hold the Poles to 54 points, which is extremely rare at this level of competition. Only nine points were scored by Polish players in the first two quarters.
The French national team is the tournament’s most physically dominant team. They have thankful defenders in every position. Andrew Albicy will most likely be looking at Lorenzo Brown, and Terry Tarpey will be looking at Juancho Hernangomez.
Rudy Gobert will have the most difficult task because he will be responsible for Willy Hernangomez, the most effective player on the Spanish national team. But, given that this French center has been named the NBA’s Defensive Player Of The Year three times in the last five seasons, it’s unnecessary to dwell on his defensive abilities.
These national teams met for the last time in an official match at the 2016 Olympics in the quarter-finals. Then the Spanish demolished the French 92-67.
Many basketball experts who have won numerous trophies believe that offense wins games and defense wins trophies. The winner of this match will be crowned European champion. As a result, We expect both teams to put up a strong defensive effort and a low-point total.
Prediction: Total Points Under 158.5