The best team of Group A is facing the worse of Group B in this round of 16 game of th3 2018 European Championship for under 20 years old, when the undefeated and first in Group A Lithuania (3-0), who want to remain perfect and advance to the tournament quarterfinals, are facing the fourth in Group B Spain (1-2). The games takes place at the Richard-Hartmann Halle Arena of Chemnitz, Germany on Wednesday, July 17th 2018.
Date/Time: 07-18-2018, 07:30 EDT
Spread: Lithuania -5
Lithuania finished the group stage of the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record and were placed first in Group A. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won against Great Britain with a 74-85 score. They are led in scoring by Aleix Font Rodriguez with 21 ppg, followed by Josep Puerto Guaita with 10.3 ppg and 4.7 boards per game. Osas Ehigitor adds 8.3 ppg and a team high 6 boards per game.
Spain finished the group stage of the tournament with a 1-2 record and were tied with two more teams in the second place of Group B, but ended up 4th by losing both tie-breakers. In their last game they lost against Croatia with an 85-70 score. They are led in scoring by Gytis Masiulis with 18.3 ppg, adding a team high 8.7 boards per game. He is followed by Matas Jogela with 17 ppg and 4 boards per game, while Eimantas Stankevicius adds 13.7 ppg.
In their previous meeting in the 2015 Eurobasket U20, Spain won with a 68-62 score. Lithuania are better both offensively, scoring 91 ppg to Spain’s 75 and defensively, allowing 74 ppg to Spain’s 80.3. Lithuania have better percentages both in 2-pointers, shooting with 54.9% to Spain’s 51% and in free throws, shooting with 76.7% to Spain’s 74.1%, while Spain have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.6% to Lithuania’s 34.8%. Lithuania are better in rebounding, grabbing 41 to Spain’s 39, in assists made, with 21 to Spain’s 18 and in turnovers committed (15 to 19). Lithuania are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -5 spread for today’s game and expect them to beat the odds easily for another victory that will bring them to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Spain vs Lithuania Prediction: Lithuania -5 (-117)
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