Sunday, September 8, 2013

Finland - Russia ( Eurobasket 2013 )

Finland - Russia eurobasket 2013 picks and predictions
I'm extremely pissed with the Russia. I watched all their games so far and such a poor performance against Sweden is somewhat thought provoking. In the first game, Vasily Karasev utilized all of his 12 guys which looked like as if he was trying to find his ideal rotation. In the second game, the rotation was a lot tighter, even their star player Alexey Shved sitting in the bench for quite long periods and the team showed great collaboration and teamwork despite the loss. Yesterday, Russian team looked like as if they were all drunk. So many lousy passes, quite clear recklessness to grab boards etc. made me feel a lot disappointed. Sweden might have put a lot of heart on the court, it's no way the reason they trailed Russia so comfortably.

After having won the first two games in a row, Finland lost miserably against Italy. Honestly, I was outside, so i didn't watch the game at all. However, if they lost with such margin, it must have been due to the poor shooting performance behind the arc. In fact, the stats just prove this point. Having shot 3/26 with just little over %11 is the clear reason why Finland lost this game so miserably. It's a team which is heavily dependent on outside shooting performance, so the defeat was inevitable in such circumstances.

Although Russia has a slight chance to qualify, I don't think they are interested in that. Finland looked a lot better in terms of its team chemistry and unity, so It's Finland which I'm counting on here. One victory against Russia clinches their qualification to the next round, so i'm pretty sure they'll do their best to achieve it. There is no need to say more. They can't shoot so poorly twice in a row. The more determined side is supposed to win,  so, I'm confident over their victory against Russia.

Pick: Finland Full Time -1.0 @ 1.92 pinnaclesports

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