Few internationals, in basketball at least, stir the blood quite like a meeting between Turkey and Greece. Saturday’s clash between the would-be titans at EuroBasket promises to be a tense affair, not least for the Turks, whose hopes of qualifying could rest on victory in Koper.
“We're not good right now, put it that way," said NBA star Hedo Turkoglu after Thursday’s loss to Italy which left them winless after two games. And there is simply no explanation why a side with no much talent and experience should only be averaging 65.5 points so far, with Erasn Ilyasova one of the key culprits by contributing just seven per night.
Turkey has always blown hot and cold and they’re 3.65 to overcome the unbeaten Greeks. But there is one shred of hope. It’s likely Euroleague MVP Vasilis Spanoulis, who is averaging 12 points, will be rested with an ankle injury. In his absence, back Yannis Bourousis at 2.00 to score over 8.5 points for the Greeks. Yet, ultimately, the Turks don’t look like a team capable of coming up trumps.
Game of the Day: Italy v Finland
One 100% record will go when the Italians take on the Finns with the winner likely to secure their spot in the second round. Finland are a very attractive 3.00 to take victory in regulation and so far, they’ve lived up to expectations with tough defence and efficient execution. Italy have been more of a surprise, averaging 83.0 points in two games to date and it’s worth a look at taking Luigo Datome to go over 12.5 points at 1.85.
Also look out for
Jeffrey Taylor to go over 16.5 points for Sweden against Russia – but the Russians to take a first win. Goran Dragic to score more than 13 for Slovenia against Georgia, and Giorgi Shermadine to get over 10.5 points, all at 1.85.
Take Finland to defeat Italy at 3.00
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