Latvia vs. Serbia Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jun. 30, 2022 18:30 CET
In one of the most interesting games in the fifth round of the World Cup qualifiers, Latvia and Serbia will meet.
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After few very good performances at Eurobasket in last decade, Latvia failed to qualify for the European Championship in 2022, which is a big blow for this national team. After that, Luca Banchi was brought in as national team head coach with the ambition to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in Latvia history. They started qualifiers very well and after four rounds they have three win which brought them into a very good position. If they defeat Serbia at home, it will be a huge step towards the set goal. In next two games, Latvia will be led by Bertans brothers, while several other solid players such as Arturs Kurucs, Rolands Smits and Anzejs Pasecniks are in the squad as well. Latvia is characterized by an excellent shot for three points, and when the players are in good mood, they can create a problem for every national team in Europe. This match is very important and there is no doubt that they will be highly motivated to take a key step towards qualifying for the World Cup, which will be held next year in Japan, Indonesia and Philippines.
The Latvian Laser, Davis Bertans, was himself today in Latvia’s game vs Belarus: 20 points on 50% shooting, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, and 2 boards in 29 minutes pic.twitter.com/h4Z4vvkdaI
— Mavs / Magic Draft (@MavsDraft) August 9, 2021
Serbia has done a solid job with the mixed team in the previous four qualifying rounds and now they hope to be strengthened by some NBA and Euroleague players to defeat Latvia and Belgium and thus position themselves in the first place before the next qualifying round. Boban Marjanovic and Nemanja Bjelica will be part of the Serbia team for the next two games, while there are also players like Milos Teodosic, Danilo Andjusic, Vanja Marinkovic, and Filip Petrusev. Serbia will be the favorite in this game against Latvia, but in the past, they used to have a lot of problems in qualifers at road. There is almost no time for practice, so head coach Svetislav Pesic will try to psychologically prepare his team for the challenges that await them. The connection that Teodosic and Bjelica have will be of great help for younger players, and the experience and quality that Marjanovic brings can also make a difference in favor of Serbia. In this match, coach Pesic also can see on which players he can seriously count for the upcoming Eurobasket that will be played in September.
Iz Niša za Rigu na veoma važan duel protiv 🇱🇻 Letonije
— Košarkaški savez SRB (@KSSrbije) June 29, 2022
Latvia has never beaten Serbia in the past, and they have played four official matches in the last 12 years. Eight months ago, it was 101:100 for Serbia in Belgrade in this World Cup qualifiers.
Kristaps Porzingis, Janis Strelnieks and Rodions Kurucs won’t play for Latvia in this game. Nikola Jokic, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Vasilije Micic, Marko Guduric, Nemanja Nedovic, Nikola Kalinic, Vladimir Lucic and few other players who are in Pesic plans for upcoming Eurobasket won’t participate in this game.
Latvia vs. Serbia Prediction
Latvia has a good enough team to play an even and solid match against Serbia. With the help of a thunderous home crowd, there is no doubt that they can not only cover the handicap but also win this game.
Date and Time: 30.06.2022 18:30 CET
Pick: Latvia +8.5
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