In this Group D battle, two squads coming off opposite results in their latest matchups are clashing, when the last team of the group Croatia (0-2) who are looking for their first victory in the tournament, are facing the second-best team of the group, Romania (1-1) on Thursday, February 23rd 2018. The games takes place at the Dvorana Kresimir Cosic Arena of Zadar, Croatia. World Championship Qualifiers Romania vs Croatia Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-23-2018, 12:00 EDT
Spread: Croatia -13.5
Croatia have a 0-2 record so far in the tournament and currently sit in the last place of Group D. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost against Italy with a 64-80 score. They are led in scoring by Sakic with 17 ppg, adding a team high 7.5 rebounds per game and leading the team in efficiency (17). He is followed by Kruslin with 15.5 ppg, while Planinic adds 12 ppg and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Serbia have a 1-1 record so far in the tournament and are currently tied with Netherlands in the second place of Group D and ended up second by winning the tie-breaker. In their last game they won against the Netherlands with a 75-68 score. They are led in scoring by Cate with 14 ppg, adding a team high 8 rebounds per game and leading the team in efficiency (23.5). He is followed by Watson with 12.5 ppg and a team high 5.5 assists per game, while Torok adds 8.5 ppg.
In their previous meeting back in the Eurobasket of 2017, Croatia won with a 75-70 score. Romania are better both offensively, scoring 72.5 ppg to Croatia’s 62.5 and defensively, allowing 71.5 ppg to Croatia’s 74. Romania also have better percentages both in 2-pointers, shooting with 53.1% to Croatia’s 39.4% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 27.7% to Croatia’s 24.4%, while Croatia have a better free throw percentage, shooting with 79.6% to Romania’s 64.5%. Croatia are better in rebounding, grabbing 36.5 to Romania’s 32.5, while Romania are better both in assists made, with 18.5 to Croatia’s 9 and in turnovers committed (11.5 to 12.5). Croatia are the favorite for the win but expect a much closer game than 14 points so pick Romania in this one.
Romania vs Croatia Prediction: Romania +13.5 (-112)
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