Italy vs. Serbia Prediction, Tips and Odds – August 19, 2022, 18:00 CET
The DBB Supercup basketball tournament will begin on Friday in Hamburg, Germany, and Italy and Serbia will compete in the semi-final clash. The start of the match is scheduled for 18:00.
Less than 48 hours after the match with Slovenia in Ljubljana, Svetislav Pesic’s players will participate in a rather strong tournament. This competition will serve as an additional test for them before the continuation of the qualifiers for the World Cup, as well as for the Eurobasket that starts in September.
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During the preparations so far, the Italians sparred only with France. These two national teams played two friendly matches and Les Bleus won both times. The winner of the first match was determined after a close finish in overtime 77-78, while in the second match the French basketball players were very convincing 100-68.
The main strength of the Italian national team will be the experienced tandem of forwards Danilo Gallinari – Nicolo Melli. There is also talented Simone Fontecchio, who has been playing great for the last year. He was one of Italy’s best players at the Tokyo Olympics, and he continued his quality performance for Baskonia throughout the season. This forward signed a contract with the Utah Jazz during the summer.
Coach Gianmarco Pozzecco has a respectable roster at his disposal and this team can cause big problems at the upcoming Eurobasket for anyone who underestimates them. There are also Polonara, Mannion, Tonut, Della Valle, and they all played a lot of important matches in their careers.
The Serbian national team was defeated by Slovenia 97-92 on Wednesday evening, but they left a good impression. Led by Nikola Jokic, the Serbian basketball players perfectly matched their opponents all the time, and at certain moments had a score advantage and controlled the game.
The first impressions are that this Serbian team can do a lot at the upcoming Eurobasket. Apart from Jokic, Anadolu Efes playmaker Vasilije Micic also played well, while Nikola Kalinic and Vladimir Lucic made a great contribution at both ends of the court. We should also mention Dejan Davidovac, who showed a high basketball IQ and seems to work well with Jokic on the court.
Since the match with Italy is very soon, coach Svetislav Pesic will probably rest some players. This means that Marko Guduric, Filip Petrusev, and Ognjen Jaramaz, who did not play against Slovenia, will get their minutes.
The last time these two national teams met was in the qualifiers for the Olympics last year. Although they were the hosts and huge favorites, the Serbian players suffered a heavy defeat 102-95 against the Italians, which left them without a place in Tokyo.
In the match against Slovenia, Serbian players showed that they can play fast and dynamically for the entire 40 minutes. The team’s roster is full of athletically and physically dominant players, so they are capable of scoring a lot of points against any opponent in a short time. We believe they can put up 90 or more points on Friday.
Prediction: Serbia Total Points Over 84.5