Ukraine vs. Poland Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 11, 2022 12:00 CET
The remaining four games of the Eurobasket Round of 16 will be played on Sunday. In the first match of the day, Ukraine and Poland meet, and the start of the duel is scheduled for 12 o’clock.
This will be a clash of teams of similar quality, so there is a good chance that we will see an exciting match from start to finish. Whichever team wins, it will be considered a great success, because neither of them belongs to the top of European basketball.
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The Ukrainians are one of the most pleasant surprises of the Eurobasket group stage. Many experts predicted that they would fight for fourth place in the group, and they ended up in the second position. The primary goal of this national team was victories against Estonia and Great Britain, which was achieved. However, they managed to beat Italy, while they suffered a narrow defeat against Croatia. Against Greece, Ukraine led at halftime, but Giannis Antetkounmpo and his teammates still managed to make a comeback by the end of the match.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is the most important player of Ukraine. He is the best scorer of the national team in this championship with an average of 18 points per game, and his average efficiency index is the highest among Ukrainians (18). The tandem of centers Alex Len – Volodymyr Herun is very important for the Ukrainian national team because it brings stability under the hoop.
We should also mention young Issuf Sanon, who started the tournament slowly but was one of the best players in the most important matches. With his speed and high level of athleticism, he brings a new dimension to the Ukrainian attack and opposing defenders will have a difficult task stopping him.
The Poles finished the group stage with the same score as Ukraine – they recorded three wins and two losses. They beat the Czech Republic, Israel, and the Netherlands, while they were defeated by Serbia and Finland.
The Polish roster consists of experienced players, who have been playing together for many years. Mateusz Ponitka and AJ Slaughter have been the main core of the national team for a long time, and whether they win or lose mostly depends on their performance.
The main help for this tandem is the talented center Aleksander Balcerowski, who showed his versatility in this tournament. He’s a great rebounder. He has great post-up moves, and can hit the 3-pointer if the opposing defender leaves him enough space.
These two national teams met during the preparatory period this summer, and the Ukrainians won convincingly 88-60.
Both national teams have several good shooters on their rosters, so we believe that this match will be effective. Although the Ukrainians are slight favorites to win, we would not write off the Poles because they are a very experienced team.
Prediction: 156.5 over