Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ukraine - Israel ( Eurobasket 2013 )

israel ukraine eurobasket 2013 picks and predictions
Israel was one of the victims hit by an underdog last night. In a surprising match up, Israel team couldn't hold on to the lead they created in the second half of the game and Great Britain team regarded as one of the weakest of the tournament by many managed to beat Israel after the overtime. It wasn't the first or worst surprise of yesterday as some other teams also suffered shocking defeats. Today the tournament goes on and Israel is set to face Ukraine which defeated prevailing Belgium in the final possession.

Ukraine played just the way I expected them to play against Belgium. Benelux side is a team with a lot of passion, so they comfortably prevailed during the first half of the game as we presumed. In fact, Belgium had 10 points lead when they headed to the locker room and the lead was retained even at the end of the 3rd quarter. Ukraine shot pretty well, especially in the second half of the game. 21 years old Olexander Mishula who came off the bench scored crucial 9 points which I think was the X-Factor for Ukraine team. Belgium was known to be unable to finalizing games, so I honestly didn't feel surprised at all that Ukraine won at the end.

Israel, on the other hand, seemed to have underestimated Great Britain a bit. They did have a comfortable lead at the end of the 3rd quarter but couldn't hold onto that in the final seconds. Games are won on the court, so they paid a heavy price for such lousy attitude. Four Israeli-an players scored in double digits whereas Great Britain's scoring burden was shared by mainly 3 guys.

In today's program, this is a game which we should focus on thoroughly. Israel wasn't meant to disqualify in the first round, so they better recover from yesterday's huge loss. To achieve it, I expect them to pay attention to every single detail from the beginning. Ukraine usually warms up late, meaning they don't dominate the game during the first half. It was a trend I noticed during last august which proved just yesterday. Considering how badly Israel needs the victory and the clarity of this trend, I'll go for both half time and full time spreads against Israel. They have all the firepower they need to achieve it.

 No more underdogs are allowed today!!!

Pick : Israel Half Time -3.5 @ 1.90 bet365

Proof of odds is found here

Pick : Israel Full Time -5.5 @ 1.83 pinnaclesports

Proof of odds is found here

Good luck and happy betting!!!

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