A team tied in the first place of Group L is facing another team tied in the fourth place are clashing in the 8th round of action of the European 2019 Basketball World Championship Qualifiers, when Georgia (3-4), are hosting the still undefeated Greece (7-0). The games takes place at the Sports Palace Tbilisi of Tbilisi, Georgia on Sunday, September 16th 2018.
Date/Time: 09-16-2018, 11:00 EDT
Spread: Georgia +1
Georgia have a 3-4 record so far in the tournament and are currently tied with Israel in the 4th place of Group L. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against Israel with an 80-85 score. They are led in scoring by Tornike Sengelia with 19.7 ppg, adding a team high 9.7 boards per game. He is followed by Matt Janning with 15 ppg and 3 dimes per game, while Duda Sanadze adds 11.3 ppg.
Greece have a 7-0 record so far in the tournament and are currently tied with Germany in the first place of Group L. They have seven consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Serbia with a 70-63 score. They are led in scoring by Georgios Printezis with 15 ppg, adding 4 boards per game. He is followed by Ioannis Bourousis with 14.5 ppg and a team high 6.7 boards per game, while Nick Calathes adds 13 ppg and a team high 6.5 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting in the Eurobasket of 2011, Greece won with a 77-89. Greece are better both offensively, scoring 83.3 ppg to Georgia’s 77.1 and defensively, allowing 70.7 ppg to Georgia’s 82.1. Greece have a better 2-point percentage (58.8% to 47.7%), while Georgia have a better 3-point percentage (40% to 38.9%). Georgia are better both in boards grabbed (35 to 34) and in turnovers committed (15 to 16), while Greece dish more dimes per game (19 to 16). Greece are perfect so far in the tournament and Vegas odds give them a -1 spread and expect them to beat the odds against the inferior Georgia.
Greece vs Georgia Prediction: Greece -1 (-116)
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