Italy vs Israel
Competition: EuroBasket, Group B
Date: 31st August 2017
Kick-off: 20:30 CET
The Italians will have a true challenge in the first game of the European Championship. They will meet Israel, who is going to have frenetic support from the stands.
Italy didn’t play well during the friendly games. 4 victories and 4 defeats with the fact that they played in waves of good and bad periods, is something that should concern their fans. Against all contenders for the high result, Italy lost, and once again they do not look like a real team on the floor despite having some major stars. Luigi Datome, Daniel Hackett, Marco Belinelli, all these players should put up much better results. As always their main weakness will be the game under the rim as they do not have any dominant center which can contribute and impact the game.
Israel, on the other hand, has high hopes from their home court. They are aware that their quality cannot produce good results by itself and they are assuming that the fans and the atmosphere might lead them to the next round. They have an experienced team who is together for a long time, but we have to say that they do not possess some extraordinary quality. The best player is Omri Casspi who plays for the Golden State Warriors and Gal Mekkel from Gran Canaria. They too have a problem with quality players in frontcourt positions. However, Israel had some good games during the warm up period. One of the hosts of the group stage, they had only two defeats in 8 games.
Previous 5 matches:
Georgia vs Italy 65 : 73
Greece vs Italy 73 : 70
Serbia vs Italy 73 : 65
France vs Italy 88 : 63
Belgium vs Italy 80 : 60
Great Britain vs Israel 85 : 64
Israel vs Hungary 85 : 70
Poland vs Israel 74 : 77
Israel vs Turkey 83 : 84
Israel vs Slovenia 89 : 84
In the next round, Italy will meet with Ukraine, while Israel has a game with one of the title contenders Lithuania.
Italy vs Israel: Head to head Stats
Many of the Israel players are still remembering a huge loss from the last edition of EuroBasket 82-52. And that was the most recent encounter between these two teams.
Italy vs Israel: Prediction
In our opinion, this is going to be very tough match for predictions. To be honest, we believe that the hosts can defeat Italy. This is what are we going to suggest you, to try to look for a surprise here.
Italy vs Israel: Betting Tips
The odds on Israel to win are around 2.10 and it’s probably on a down trend.