Serbia vs. Netherlands Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 02, 2022 21:00 CET
In the last game of the second day of the Eurobasket, Serbian basketball players meet with the Dutch national team. This duel will be played in Prague, and the start is scheduled for 21:00.
It will be a clash between the main favorite for the first place in the group and the outsider who many predict will record all the defeats at the European Championship.
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The Serbian national team is the main candidate for winning this tournament. Before the start of the competition, the bookmakers marked them as the biggest favorites. It remains to be seen whether they are up to the role. Judging by the Serbian roster, anything but winning one of the medals will be a failure.
Nikola Jokic is the leader of Serbia and will fight for the MVP award at this tournament. In the previous two seasons, he was chosen as the Most Valuable Player of the NBA League and is one of the biggest superstars of Eurobasket. The Joker played very well in the matches leading up to the European Championship. He scored 29 points against Greece and 24 points against Turkey, and the Serbs won both games.
Besides him, there are also Vasilije Micic, Nikola Kalinic, Vladimir Lucic, and Nikola Milutinov, so the Serbian roster is full of experienced and proven individuals. They are absolute favorites in the opening match against the Netherlands.
The Dutch couldn’t have asked for a tougher opponent at the start of the Eurobasket. The quality of the roster of this national team is several levels below that of Serbia and it will be very difficult for them. Yannick Franke, Worthy De Jong, and Charlon Kloof are the most prominent players in the Netherlands, but it is hard to believe that they can adequately match the Serbs.
We believe that this clash will serve as an overture for the Dutch to continue the competition. In the following rounds, they will have easier opponents than Serbia and will try to win and thus make a big surprise.
The previous time they participated in the Eurobasket was in 2015. Then they achieved one victory. At the start of the tournament, the Netherlands defeated Georgia 73-72, and the most effective player was the aforementioned Charlon Kloof with 22 points. However, they were defeated in all the remaining matches, so they were already eliminated in the preliminary phase.
These two national teams have never met in the past.
We expect a furious and dominant start from Serbia. We believe that Svetislava Pesic’s men will approach this match seriously and that with a convincing victory they will send a clear message to all rivals that they came to this tournament to see it through to the end.
Prediction: Serbia -22.5