Serbia lost against Great Britain and it was fiasko. But I don't think that they are going to lose the second game in a row. Yes, they are playing poorly at the moment but Greece team is not playing better. They played almost their best match against Lithuania.
Bookmakers once again underestimate Great Britain. They won against Serbia without their leader which were the favourites. They can surprise us again because they can win against such opponent. Germany team has longer bench but Great Britain has physically strong players. We should see a good fight between Herkenkoff and Kitenge. I wouldn't say that Germany are the clear favourites of this pair.
After a tough battle Turkey scraped their way into the Quarter Finals. Yesterday, they somehow stayed alive after beating Italy. Spain reached the Quarter Final comfortably, but they haven't had a serious opponent yet. Spain's biggest advantage is their long bench, they have a lot of players on the same level however Turkey aren't too bad either. Today we'll see the real strength of Spain when they face a strong opponent in Turkey. Turkey have character, they showed it yesterday, the squad isn't much worse than Spain therefore I think we'll see an interesting battle and there is a serious question if Spain will win.
Lithuania team is playing really efficiently in this championship. They score an average of 93,8 points per game. They also shot the most shots from 3pt zone. But they also make many assists during the games (average 22) while concede an average of 79 points. Izrael team is also playing efficiently and they score an avarage of 86,8 points. They also shot often from 3pt zone and make many assists during the games (23,5) while concede an average of 77,5 points.
Both teams are playing well at attacking, so I hope to see many points in this meeting. They played friendly game before championship and Lithuania won 107:106. We will not see as many points as they scored in friendly meeting but they should score many of them. Good luck.
LTU won friendly game against Izreal 107-106. I think LTU are the smartest team in the championship. If they keep it and Velicka will not become Kobe, they will have 60% possibility to win this game and advance to the semifinals.
Montenegro team is playing more solidly. They played in the stronger group where lost against France and Turkey while won against Great Britain by 4 points. However, they lost against Izrael in eightfinals. Meanwhile, Latvia team was smashed by all opponents. They only lost against Croatia 78:90 by less points.
Lithuania re the better team than Israel in my eyes. Bookies have Israel as favourites because they're playing at home. However, Lithuania have higher calibre playedrs like A.Velicka, L.Uleckas, V.Kozys. Also the squad is much better than the hosts and they have solid players who have been very important off the bench like I.Sargiunas and G.Vasiliauskas.
The home team is being led by an 18 year old player Yam Madar who averages 18 points and 8 assists per game. His main helpers are Yair Kravits (13 ppg 5 rpg 3 apg) and Deni Avdija (16 ppg 8 rpg 6 apg). Out of the bigs the player worth mentioning is number 4 Noam Avivi who averages 12 pts 3 rebs 3 ast but they don't have much help off the bench when it comes to big men.
Looking at stats, Lithuania are a better rebounding team, they are higher scoring, shooting percentages are quite similar and the stat that really stands out is the bench production as Lithuania's bench average 11 more points than Israel's does. Also worth mentioning that the Lithuanian squad is much better built because they have solid guards and bigs who can play 1 on 1.
In my opinion Lithuania aren't only capable of covering this Handicap, but also to win this match.
Disappointed that it's only a Quarter Final as I'd have loved to see these teams in the Final. Both teams play beautiful basketball and there's a reason they're the most efficient and highest scoring in the tournament. Both teams have similar stats, but Lithuania have one advantage and that's battle for the rebounds. Before the tournament I thought that'd be their biggest weakness, but smart boxing out and communication defensively has proved me wrong. Realistically these are very similar teams, but LT squad is a little stronger, the main players have more experience and in the Playoffs that should show. Lithuania played Israel in a friendly and won by 1 point despite it being played in Israel. I think Lithuania are very capable of repeating that today.