Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Latvia - Ukraine ( Eurobasket 2013 )

latvia ukraine eurobasket 2013 pick and prediction
Ukraine is another surprising team which I never thought i would see here. Well, they were drawn in an obviously advantageous group. Moreover, they found under performing Israel, especially in the beginning of the group stage. At the end, Ukraine not only qualified to the second round, but also carried the advantage of  at least a victory to the second group stage. From now on, the opponents are a lot tougher as they'll have to face, namely Serbia and Lithuania.

Latvia when compared to Ukraine succeeded to qualify through relatively tougher group. Although they've defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia, they couldn't carry a victory to this round as all of those teams were eliminated. They are one victory short of Ukraine, so that means it's definitely a game Latvia needs to win this one in order to sustain their claim of quarter finals. ( Their next opponent will be strong France )

As far as i observed them, Ukraine employs a patient back court offensive style where they circulate the ball as a team until in order to find the best shot available before the shot clock expires. At some instances, I noticed that they seemed to do everything not to shoot the ball at all :). Latvia on the other hand dominates more so long as they accelerate the tempo. With the clash of two opposite offensive mentalities, rebounding could be the key factor to win this match up. Both teams are exactly the same rebounding averages, so there is likely to be a great fight to grab the boards inside the area.

This is definitely an even looking game. However, Latvia as stated above is the side that needs the victory more. Macedonia was one of my favorite teams in this tournament and Latvians already proved how much they are motivated to advance as further as possible by trailing them. Ukraine has come that far, but i don't think the teams they defeated are comparable to those they are set to face. Unlike the odds, I expect a clear Latvia victory here. Unless Ukraine back court shoots so well, I'm confident that they'll cover the spread as well.

Pick: Latvia Full Time -3.5 @ 1.90 pinnaclesports

Good luck and happy betting!!!

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