Eurobasket Picks and Predictions
Action resumes in the 2022 Eurobasket Qualifiers after 9 months of pause. In the third round Slovenia (1-1) are hosting Ukraine (1-1), with both teams coming off opposite results in their latest matchups but both failed to cover the spread. The hosts will be missing their NBA players and want to build on the momentum of their latest victory.
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Date/Time: 11-28-2020, 14:10 EDT
Spread: Slovenia -7 Total: +157.5
Slovenia have a 1-1 record and are tied with Ukraine in the second place of Group F. In their last game they won Austria at home, 85-78. They were a 22-point underdog but failed to cover the spread.
Jordan Morgan leads the team both in scoring with 17.5 ppg and in rebounding with 8 per game.
Ukraine also have a 1-1 record and are tied for second. In their last game they lost by Hungary at home, 60-62. They were a 7.5-point favorite but didn’t beat the odds.
Volodymyr Herun leads the team in scoring with 12.5 ppg.
In their two previous meetings in the 2019 World Cup, each team won once.
Slovenia leads Ukraine 6-2 in all competitions.
Slovenia are 1-0 at home, while Ukraine are 1-0 on the road.
Slovenia are better offensively (80 to 74 ppg), while Ukraine are better defensively (67.5 to 77.5 ppg).
Ukraine have better percentages both in field goals (49% to 43%) and in 3-pointers (35.9% to 24.6%).
On the other hand, Slovenia are better both in rebounding (40 to 38) and in turnovers committed (12 to 14).
Ukraine are better in assists made (20 to 18).
Bookmakers give Slovenia a -7 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They have a better roster than Ukraine and playing at home, even without fans will push them past their opponents for an easy win.
Ukraine vs Slovenia Prediction: Slovenia -7 (-112)
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