Greece vs Russia
Competition: EuroBasket, Quarterfinals
Date: 13th of September 2017
Kick-off: 17:45 CET
We have one surprising derby in the quarterfinals. Someone might say ”surprising” because lower-placed teams won their opponents. Greece and Russia are going to put one hell of a fight. And we literally mean fight.
Greece defeated Lithuania 77-64, displaying their strongest weapon. Unpredictability. Who could tell what their limits in this tournament are.
There is no logic in their game, no patterns, no routine. Greece plays on improvisation. Kostas Sloukas is the leader here, and that was apparent against Lithuania. 5 of 7 from behind 3-pts line, and endless problems created for Kalnietis. Ioannis Bourousis was near a double-double with 11 points and 8 rebounds, and after a while, Nik Calathes decided to show up posting 14 points and 6 assists. Greeks shut down Lithuania’s three points shooting to only 25% accuracy. On the other hand, they had 54% from the free-throw line.
But that is no problem. It’s Greeks, why do it easy, when you can complicate things.
Russia is looking furious. They are furious because they haven’t finished first in Group D, and because bookies favored Croatia in the matchup against them. Bad mistake folks, because Russians demolished them 101-78. To be precise, Aleksey Shved destroyed them with 27 points and 12 assists. Russians had 68% for two, and during the same time kept Croatians to only 25 % from behind three point line. Their hard physical defense was looking absolutely terrifying. Zubkov added 14 points, Fridzon 13, and Mozgov 10 with only one rebound. Sbornaya doesn’t have some fantastic statistics, but they have Shved. The guy who can do the impossible in attack.
Last matches: GREECE
09.09.17 EB Lithuania vs Greece 64 : 77
06.09.17 EB Greece vs Poland 95 : 77
05.09.17 EB Greece vs Finland 77 : 89
03.09.17 EB Slovenia vs Greece 78 : 72
02.09.17 EB Greece vs France 87 : 95
Last matches: RUSSIA
10.09.17 EB Croatia vs Russia 78 : 101
07.09.17 EB Russia vs Great Britain 82 : 70
05.09.17 EB Russia vs Latvia 69 : 84
04.09.17 EB Belgium vs Russia 67 : 76
02.09.17 EB Russia vs Serbia 75 : 72
Greece vs Russia: Head to head Stats
Greece defeated Russia in the friendly match back in 2015, 80-65, and previously they played in Slovenia at EuroBasket 2013. Greece also recorded a win there with 80-71.
Greece vs Russia: Prediction
A low-scoring game is in front of us. We can’t expect some big numbers here, and high tempo. Many isolations, one-on-one close to the rim, and constant pressure on the ball will be dominant. And of course dirty defense and endless complaints to the referees.
Greece vs Russia: Betting Tips
Russians did look more compact for the entire tournament. Greece beat Lithuania but the story could have been different if it weren’t for a few crazy 3 pointers in a row from Sloukas in important moments when the score got tight. That’s not something you can count on in every match, especially against a team like Russia which has more solutions than just a wonder player. So Russia @ 1.85 is our choice.
Under 148.5 points might also be a valid bet.