Slovenia vs. Serbia Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 17, 2022 20:15 CET
On Wednesday, a friendly match between Slovenia and Serbia will be played in the Stozice hall in Ljubljana. This will be a spectacular clash between Luka Doncic on one side and Nikola Jokic on the other. These two teams have not met since the famous final of Eurobasket 2017. The match starts at 20:15.
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The rise of the Slovenian basketball team began with the aforementioned European Championship five years ago. They shocked the entire basketball public and won the title led by Goran Dragic and Luka Doncic. They beat Serbia in the final.
Since then, this national team has consistently recorded good results. They managed to reach the semi-finals of the Olympic Games last year in Tokyo, and the way they played delighted all basketball fans. Their games were dynamic and efficient, and although still young, Doncic showed that he was capable of being a true leader.
The current champions of Europe start defending the European throne in 15 days, and this team will be stronger for Goran Dragic, who retired from the national team five years ago, but his teammates managed to convince him to put on the national team jersey again.
The Slovenians have already played four friendlies in the previous two weeks. They played against the Netherlands, Montenegro, Turkey and Ukraine and won all four.
Serbian basketball players are also preparing for the upcoming Eurobasket. The entire basketball public in Serbia is eagerly awaiting to see how their national team will play under the leadership of two-time NBA MVP, Nikola Jokic.
The Denver Nuggets superstar last played for Serbia in 2019 at Mundobasket, but that competition did not end successfully for the Serbian national team, as the Argentines eliminated them in the quarterfinals.
Now Jokic is determined to bring European gold to Serbia. The team also includes Vasilije Micic, one of the best playmakers in Europe, as well as the two best small forwards in the Euroleague last season, Vladimir Lucic and Nikola Kalinic. There are also Nemanja Bjelica, Marko Guduric, Nikola Milutinov, so Serbia is rightfully considered the main favorite to win the Eurobasket.
As we already mentioned, the last time these two national teams met was in the final of Eurobasket 2017. The Slovenians then defeated the Serbs 93-85.
We are of the opinion that the bookmakers underestimated the attacking power of both teams. We expect a fast, energetic, and efficient match. Taking into account that this is a friendly match and that the level of aggression will not be particularly high, we strongly believe that the total number of points will be higher than 170.
Prediction: Total Points Over 166.5