Slovenia vs. Croatia Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug 20, 2022 20:15 CET
Slovenia and Croatia meet in the finaly friendly before the start of the qualifiers for Eurobasket 2025. The hosts will be looking for another emphatic win after demolishing Croatia by almost 30 points not too long ago, but this time Croatia has more firepower than last time. However, Slovenia are still much better and it should be reflected on the court.
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Slovenia vs. Croatia Odds
Spread Odds (-14.5/+14.5): 1.85/1.85
Total Over/Under (172.5): 1.85/1.85
Slovenia Team News
Croatian national basketball team was in disarray. Their board resigned so they tried to recover lost ground by hiring a foreign import. It is their attempt to restore some pride and start getting better results as they enter the Eurobasket 2025 qualifiers and the Eurobasket 2022.
Slovenians await the Croats with their strongest team led by their superstar Luka Dončić. After securing a 97:92 win against Serbia, they will look to sharpen their form for the qualifiers and Eurobasket as well.
Their team is currently one of the best in the world and already outclassed Croatia almost 2 months ago by 28 points(97:69). This time the Croatian roster is different but still the hosts clearly have better quality and much better rotation. Croatia could hang on longer than last time but Slovenia have superior class and should be able to win convincingly.
Croatia Team News
Croatian team seems much better than before with the additions of Jaleen Smith, Dario Šarić and Krunoslav Simon. If they enter good form, they finally might win some games at the Eurobasket but also the qualifiers.
The team is in a process of rebuilding. The end goal is the return to the big competitions after getting eliminated from the qualifying windows for the Olympics and the World Cup.
The defeat against Finland came as a huge shock after Croatia were leading at home but somehow managed to lose the game in the last seconds. It seemed it was all over and that the hosts secured a win but it wasn´t to be for Croatia after conceding a heartbreak three-pointer at the very end.
Slovenia vs. Croatia Prediction
We think this new Croatian lineup still won´t be able to keep up with Slovenia and their team full of stars. They destroyed Croatia immediately at the start of the game in the WC qualifiers 2 months ago with a massive run in the first quarter, but this time we can expect the Croatians to hang on longer.
Still, Slovenia should be able to get the win in front of their fans after taking down Serbia led by the NBA MVP Nikola Jokić. The gulf in class is still too big so we decided to back the hosts to cover the spread.
Date and time: 20.08.2022 20:15 CET
Prediction: Slovenia (-14.5)