Two of the three best teams of Group I are clashing in the 8th round of action of the European 2019 Basketball World Championship Qualifiers, when the group leaders Spain (6-1), are hosting a team tied in the second place, Latvia (5-2). The games takes place at the WiZink Center of Madrid, Spain on Monday, September 17th 2018.

Date/Time:  09-17-2018, 13:00 EDT

Spread: Spain -9.5

Total: +159

Spain have a 6-1 record so far in the tournament and currently sit on the first place of Group I. In their last game they saw a six-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Ukraine with a 76-65 score. They are led in scoring by Quino Colom with 15 ppg, adding a team high 5.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Sergio Rodriguez with 12 ppg and 3 dimes per game, while Oriol Pauli adds 8.8 ppg and 3.2 boards per game.

Latvia have a 5-2 record so far in the tournament and are currently tied with Turkey in the second place of Group I. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Slovenia with an 85-74 score. They are led in scoring by Janis Strelnieks with 23.7 ppg, adding 4 boards and a team high 7 dimes per game. He is followed by Janis Timma with 18 ppg and a team high 12 boards per game, while Martins Meiers adds 11.6 ppg and 5.4 boards per game.

This will be the first meeting ever between those two squads in any competition. Both teams are equal offensively, scoring 80.3 ppg each, while Spain are better defensively, allowing 72.4 ppg to Latvia’s 75.3. Both squads have almost identical percentages both in 2-pointers (50% to 49%) and in 3-pointers (36.4% to 36.3%). Latvia are better in turnovers committed (11 to 13) and in assists made (20 to 19), while Spain are better in boards grabbed (40 to 36). Spain are the absolute favorite in their home court and Vegas odds give them a -9.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home victory.

Latvia vs Spain Prediction: Spain -9.5 (-109)

 

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Nikos Lagouretos

My name is Nikos Lagouretos, I am 35 years old from Greece and I have been a basketball enthusiast for almost 25 years, having played semi-pro myself. All those years i have seen countless games, done a ton of reading and statistical analysis and I thought it was about time to put them to some good use. I provide analysis, predictions and specialize in NBA, WNBA and almost every domestic and international club league of Europe.

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