Croatia - Russia
Match of the 1/8 finals of the Eurobasket between Croatia and Russia in which the loser will be knocked out from the fight for the medals.
Start of the match: 10.09.2017.-20:30 CET
Despite it´s coach Petrovic not emphasizing defense, Croatia played the best in that aspect in the group stage in which they expectedly won in 4 matches and gave problems to Spain who was stopped at 38 points at the break. In offense they depend too much on individual skill of Saric and Bogdanovic and don´t posses centres with a lotof quality in post play so firm and aggresive defense is needed for them to stay alive in games. Under the leadership of their new coach Bazarevich Russia has been playing in a standard system within 55 possessions led by Khimky´s play Shved who is the only carrier of his club from this Russian team in which all other players don´t hold any major roles at their clubs. Russia´s advantage for this game is they didn´t have to travel anywhere after the group stage and stayed in Istanbul and they also possess very strong and reliable chemistry because most of their players comes from the VTB champion CSKA. In the group stage they have shown they can slow down the match against small ball teams and the first half and we believe we will see the first 20 minutes below this in our opinion too high margin.
Croatia - Russia TIP
Key match for these national teams inside the 1/8 finals because the loser loses the right to compete for medals so we expect a more defensive minded first half and more careful play and also lower amount of possessions and slower tempo imposed by Russia whose team has been playing like that the entire tournament. We tip first half under.
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TIP: 1st half under 76.0 points
Quota: 1.85 at William Hill