Finland vs Italy
Competition: EuroBasket, Group A
Date: 9th of September 2017
Kick-off: 17:45 CET
The Finnish national team made one of the greatest tournaments in their basketball history. It seems that the win against France was not just a lucky turn of events. And we have to say that one player deserves the most credit for it. Lauri Markkanen was absolutely astonishing during the group stage. With 22.6 points and 6.2 rebounds, most of them in the clutch moments, this guy became the sensation of this tournament. Petteri Koponen is a huge help for this young man and the Barcelona guard is averaging 7.2 assists and 13.2 points. They have established one of the most lethal duos in this championship. Finland prefers the quick style of play with many points (88.8 per game), and they have a versatile attack with Markkanen inside the arc.
Marco Belinelli and the rest of the Italian team disappointed us a little bit. We had a feeling that this might be their championship. But it seems that once they encounter a little bit tougher defense, everything falls apart.
They are relying too much on 3-point shooting and in some occasions that cannot pass. Especially when the rival team has a dominant center who can control the paint and rebounding. The best player on this team is not Belinelli, but Luigi Datome. Fenerbahce forward has excellent shooting percentage 47.5%, and along with that, he adds 15 points and 5 rebounds per game. Belinelli is the top scorer with 17 pts per game, but his overall contribution is much smaller.
Last matches: FINLAND
06.09.17 EB Finland vs Iceland 83 : 79
05.09.17 EB Greece vs Finland 77 : 89
03.09.17 EB Finland vs Poland 90 : 87(66 : 66)
02.09.17 EB Finland vs Slovenia 78 : 81
31.08.17 EB France vs Finland 84 : 86(72 : 72)
Last matches: ITALY
06.09.17 EB Georgia vs Italy 69 : 71
05.09.17 EB Italy vs Germany 55 : 61
03.09.17 EB Lithuania vs Italy 78 : 73
02.09.17 EB Ukraine vs Italy 66 : 78
31.08.17 EB Italy vs Israel 69 : 48
Finland vs Italy: Head to head Stats
Italy defeated Finland 75-70, in a friendly match which was the preparation for this EuroBasket. And when we look further in history the last time when Finland defeated Italy was in 2009.
Finland vs Italy: Prediction
Things are going to be much different for Finland now. They are heading for Istanbul where they are not going to have the crowd behind them. Still, we believe that they have much better chances of defeating Italy than the odds suggest.
Finland vs Italy: Betting Tips
- Finland to win @ 2.4 betting odds
- Finland +4.5 @ 1.75