Two teams sitting on opposite sides of Group J are clashing in the 8th round of action of the European 2019 Basketball World Championship Qualifiers, when the group leaders and still undefeated Lithuania (7-0), are are hosting a team tied in the last place, the Netherlands (3-4). The games takes place at the Seimens Arena of Vilnius, Lithuania on Monday, September 17th 2018.
Date/Time: 09-17-2018, 11:00 EDT
Spread: Lithuania -16.5
Lithuania have a perfect 7-0 record so far in the tournament and currently sit in the first place of Group J. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against Croatia with an 83-84 score. They are led in scoring by Eimantas Bendzius with 11.7 ppg, while Mantas Kalnietis adds 9 ppg and a team high 6.3 dimes per game. Adas Juskevicius follows with 8.7 ppg and 2.4 dimes per game.
Netherlands have a 3-4 record so far in the tournament and are currently tied with two more teams in the last place of Group J. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against Hungary with a 59-74 score. They are led in scoring by Yannick Franke with 14.4 ppg, adding 3.6 boards per game. He is followed by Charlon Kloof with 10.1 ppg, 4.4 boards and a team high 3 dimes per game, while Thomas Van Der Mars adds 9.3 ppg and a team high 5.7 boards per game.
In their previous meeting in a friendly game on 2016, Lithuania won with an 84-61 score. Lithuania are better both offensively, scoring 85.1 ppg to Netherlands’ 70.4 and defensively, allowing 62.1 ppg to Netherlands’ 70. They also have better percentages both in 2-pointers (54.7% to 48.4%) and in 3-pointers (41.1% to 27.1%). Lithuania are also better in turnovers committed (12 to 14), in boards grabbed (42 to 39) and in diems made (21 to 11). Lithuania are superior to the Netherlands in every aspect and Vegas odds give them a -16.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home victory.
Netherlands vs Lithuania Prediction: Lithuania -16.5 (-113)
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