Serbia vs. Greece Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 25, 2022 20:00 CET
In the most exciting match of this round of qualifiers for the 2023 FIBA World Championship, Serbia and Greece meet. The match in Belgrade will be played on Thursday from 20:00.
It will be a clash between Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who are the leaders of their national teams, so the spectacle is guaranteed.
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The Serbian national team is in a very difficult position because they have only one victory from the previous qualifying phase. Serbian coach Svetislav Pesic could not count on many key players, so with an incomplete squad, Serbia lost twice to Belgium and once to Latvia.
They will have to win all six games at this stage, which will be very difficult, but the best players are here now. Nikola Jokic is the absolute leader. There are also Vasilije Micic, Nikola Kalinic, and Vladimir Lucic, so Serbia is full of experience and quality.
Serbs played three friendly matches during the preparations. First, they were defeated by Slovenia after overtime 92-97, and then they won the trophy at the DBB Supercup in Germany. There they defeated Italy 90-86 and the hosts 83-56. This national team showed serious potential both in defense and attack.
The Greeks enter these qualifying matches as ambitiously as the Serbs, and their desire is to win the gold medal at the Eurobasket as well. They enter this phase of the qualifiers in a much better position than Serbia because they achieved three victories and one defeat in the last phase.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is number one in this roster. Along with him, the core of the team consists of the experienced tandem of playmakers, Kostas Sloukas and Nick Calathes, and there are also Giannis’ brothers, Thanasis and Kostas.
Giannis has had problems with a back injury in the past few days, but he will play against Serbia. Greek coach Dimitris Itoudis will be without center Georgios Papagiannis and winger Ioannis Papapetrou, who are injured.
During the preparatory period, the Greeks played six games and lost only once. The Spaniards defeated them in Madrid, but Giannis Antetokounmpo was not in the roster for that clash.
These two national teams played the last official matches in the qualifiers for the FIBA World Cup 2019. Both national teams celebrated as hosts – Serbia 84-61, Greece 70-63.
We think that both national teams play excellent defense. Both the Serbs and the Greeks have defensive experts among their players, and coaches Pesic and Itoudis require their players not to skimp on defense. Therefore, we do not expect an effective clash.
Prediction: Total Points Under 165.5