Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Czech Republic - Slovenia ( Eurobasket 2013 )

slovenia czech republic eurobasket 2013 picks and predictions
The competition's first day is packed with many tricky spreads. Most of the spreads determined are either too high or too close and it makes it even harder to find the value ones as we don't yet know the current form graphs of the teams. However, I'll make an exception for tournament's hosting country Slovenian team as i find it to be the wisest choice if i ever to bet on those double digit spreads.

During August, in Celje tournament, Slovenia clearly revealed that they are the most dangerous when they push game tempo up.  With Dragic brothers taking the lead, They tried to take advantage of every fast break occasion they could possibly create. Considering they are the hosts to this tournament, it's safe to assume that they probably begin to the competition very aggressively to intimidate their opponents. At this point, disorganized Czech Republic could fall to be the first victim.

Czech Republic has a rotation which is a good mixture of both talented youngsters and veteran players to lead their way. However, the team didn't seem to achieve the required chemistry during the exhibition games. The only victory they achieved in their past 5 games was against mediocre Belgium. Guys like Jan Vesely, David Jelinek and Tomas Satoransky show decent potential. Jiri Welsch, Pavel Houska and Lubos Barton are experienced veterans to bring perfection to Czech Republic rotation. However, they are drawn in a really tough group and we'll see whether or not they could manage to achieve something.

As I said above, I'm not so fancy about high spreads; however, I'll make an exception for this game. In order to show how competitive they are, I expect home side Slovenia to challenge Czech Republic as soon as the game starts. Slovenia has enough firepower both inside and outside the perimeter, so they are unlikely to have trouble in scoring. The fact of being hosts and the support of Slovenian fans in this opening game of the tournament, I reckon Slovenia will be looking to crash Czech Republic already in the first half. I think the half time spread is of great value. A double digit Slovenia lead in the half time is what I hope for.

Pick: Slovenia Half Time -6.5 @ 1.90 bet365

Good luck and happy bettting!!!

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