Two of the top three squads of Group J are clashing in the 8th round of action of the European 2019 Basketball World Championship Qualifiers, when the third Hungary (4-3), are facing the second Italy (5-2), with both teams looking to continue on the winning ways. The games takes place at the Fonix Hall Arena of Debrecen, Hungary on Monday, September 17th 2018.
Date/Time: 09-17-2018, 12:00 EDT
Spread: Hungary +6
Hungary have a 4-3 record so far in the tournament and currently sit in the third place of Group J. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Netherlands with a 59-74 score. They are led in scoring by David Vojvoda with 15 ppg, adding 3.4 boards and a team high 3 dimes per game. He is followed by Zoltan Perl with 12.7 ppg and 3.6 boards per game, while Darrin Govens adds 9.8 ppg and 3 dimes per game.
Italy have a 5-2 record so far in the tournament and currently sit in the second place of Group J. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against Poland with a 101-82 score. They are led in scoring by Amedeo Della Valle with 20 ppg, while Jeff Brooks adds 16 ppg. Luigi Datome follows with 14 ppg, 5 boards and 4 dimes per game.
This will be the first meeting every between those two squads in any competition. Italy are better offensively, scoring 82.1 ppg to Hungary’s 69.7, while Hungary are better defensively, allowing 68.6 ppg to Italy’s 69.6. Italy have better percentages both in 2-pointers (47.9% to 46.6%) and in 3-pointers (39.7% to 37.7%). They are also better in rebounding (36 to 31) and in turnovers committed (10 to 11), while both teams dish exactly 16 dimes per game. Italy are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -6 spread and expect them to beat the odds for a road win against the much weaker Hungary squad.
Italy vs Hungary Prediction: Italy -6 (-122)
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