Lithuania vs. Czech Republic Prediction, Tips and Odds – Jul. 4, 2022 18:30 CET
In one of the most interesting matches on Monday in the European part of the qualifiers for the World Basketball Championship, the Lithuanian national team welcomes the Czech Republic in Klaipeda. The start of the match is scheduled for 18:30.
The home team still hasn’t felt the bitterness of defeat in these qualifiers. They recorded all five victories, but in this match they will have the most difficult task since the Czechs will be reinforced by the former NBA player Tomas Satoransky, who recently strengthened Barcelona.
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Although NBA stars Jonas Valanciunas and Domantas Sabonis do not play in this qualifying window, Lithuania registered a victory three days ago on the road against Bulgaria (72:70). The Bulgarians played very well against the Lithuanians, and the guests secured victory only in the last quarter.
Orlando Magic’s talented player Ignas Brazdeikis scored 13 points, former CSKA Moscow player Marius Grigonis scored 12, while Zalgiris’ center Laurynas Birutis scored 10.
Lithuania’s roster is not that strong at the moment, and a narrow win against the weak Bulgarians is the best indicator. They lack the solidity in the paint that Valanciunas and Sabonis bring, and they also lack the creativity and playmaking of young Barcelona basketball player Rokas Jokubaitis.
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When Tomas Satoransky is the floor general of the Czech Republic, this national team plays beautiful and quality basketball. The most recent example is the victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina (93:81). Although Jan Vesely decided to skip this window, the Czechs defeated the Bosnians without any major problems.
Satoransky recorded 13 points and 10 assists, tall center Ondrej Balvin 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Auda, Hruban, Bohacik and Jelinek also scored in double figures.
The Czechs have been playing great basketball for several years, with a large number of points and possessions in each game, so their performance at the Tokyo Olympics and sixth place at the last World Championship are not surprising to the basketball public.
Unlike the Lithuanians, the Czechs have not yet qualified for the next stage. They must win to be sure to go further, and they will qualify even if they lose provided that Bulgaria beats Bosnia and Herzegovina by 1-2 points or six or more points in the second match of this group.
In the first meeting of these qualifiers, Lithuania won in the Czech Republic with 74:66, but Satoransky, Vesely, Auda and Balvin could not play for the Czech team then.
Lithuania vs. Czech Republic Prediction
We are of the opinion that the bookmakers slightly underestimated the quality of the Czech national team. In this constellation of forces, Lithuania is not such a favorite, especially due to the fact that the Czechs will be more motivated to win.
Date and time: 04.07.2022 18:30 CET
Prediction: Czech Republic +6.5
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