EuroBasket 2015 has its Elite Eight. And with the quarter-finals starting on Tuesday in Lille, the tournament’s three unbeaten teams – Greece, Serbia and hosts France – are still setting the pace in the pace to make it all the way to Sunday’s final.
But it’s win or go home, and with top seven assured of at least a spot in next summer’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the stakes are high from now on. Here’s a look at where we stand.
Greece - Spain
The Greeks are rolling. At 5.00, they’re a viable candidate for the title. But they – like Spain – have the toughest path to the final, with the winner from here likely to take on France in the semis.
In Greece’s favour is they’re only giving up an ungracious 65.7 points per game, and with Pau Gasol a lone offensive star for the Spanish, it’s worth a punt on going under 140.5 total points at 2.95. Spain, 6.00 for gold, have not been convincing and with the Greeks available at 2.45 on a handicap of a mere -4.5, this could be their time to cash in.
France - Latvia
The hosts are 2.75 favourites for the trophy, but even with the best roster they’ve not played like surefire winners.
However Les Bleus are 1.05 to ditch outsiders Latvia and make the final four. With home support, it should be straightforward. But have a look over 148.5 total points at 3.00.
Czech Republic - Serbia
The Serbs are playing like champions. At 3.00, they’re still great value for the prize. But the upstart Czechs have been resolute and they have enough size and speed to neutralise at least some of their opponents’ strengths. And you can take Jan Vesely for over 28.5 points, rebounds and assists at 1.90.
Italy - Lithuania
The Italians are EuroBasket’s ultimate wild card. Good enough to claim the title at 9.00, they could also easily flame out now. Lithuania are 2.33 for the win and they have the size to trouble the Azzurri. Combined, these two have the firepower to go over 163.5 combined points at 3.60.
Best bet: Go under 140.5 total points in Greece-Spain at 2.95