Ukraine vs. Italy Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 05, 2022 21:00 CET
On Monday, the third round of the Eurobasket matchups will also be played. Ukraine and Italy will square off in the final group C encounter of the day, the venue of the duel will be the Mediolanum Forum. The start of the clash is scheduled for 21:00.
Both national teams achieved the expected results in the first two rounds. The Ukrainians registered both triumphs, while the Italians achieved one victory and one defeat each.
The main goal of the Ukrainians before the start of the tournament was to beat Great Britain and Estonia, and they have already achieved that. They beat the British 90-61, while they defeated the Estonians 74-73 in a dramatic finish. In this way, they defeated weaker teams, and until the end of the group stage, they will play three games against objectively stronger teams.
Sviatoslav Mykhailuk was the best Ukrainian individual in both matches. He scored an average of 17.5 points, and before the championship, it was expected that he would be the scoring leader of Ukraine. The contribution of the experienced NBA center Alex Len has also been great, and the performance of the guard Bogdan Bliznyuk, who showed great versatility in the game, should be commended. He averages 7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5 assists, so he will play an important role in the team and the rest of the competition.
Three difficult matches await Ukraine. In each of those matches, he will play the role of an outsider. This can come in handy for the Ukrainians because they will play relaxed, they will not have the imperative to win, and maybe they will make a surprise.
The Italians opened this tournament with a dominant victory against weak Estonia 83-62. However, in the second round, they were met by a much tougher opponent who defeated them. The Greeks were too strong for the Italians and they won 85-81, thus inflicting the first defeat on the Azzurri.
Simone Fontecchio is the leader of this national team. He scored 19 points against the Estonians, and 26 points against the Greeks, so after two matches he is the team’s best scorer. The new Utah Jazz basketball player is Italy’s first attacking option and it is evident that coach Gianmarco Pozzecco has great confidence in him.
Achille Polonara also excelled in both games. He recorded a double-double performance both times, which is commendable. His average performance is 13 points and 10.5 rebounds. Nicolo Melli was also good, so the Italians have three wing basketball players who are in great shape at the start of the tournament.
These two teams met recently as part of the Mundobasket qualifiers, and the Italians won 97-89 as guests.
Both teams are fast-paced. Especially the Italians, who love run&gun basketball, so we believe that they will continue in that style. The Ukrainians have several quick guards, who can adapt to such a style of play, so we believe that we will see a fairly effective clash.
Prediction: 161.5 over