Italy vs Serbia
Competition: EuroBasket, Quarterfinals
Date: 13th of September 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Italy defeated Finland 70-57, after a fantastic performance from Marco Belinelli who scored from almost any position. The Atlanta Hawks small forward delivered 22 points initiating the great opening of the Italians with 6 straight three-pointers. He had 5 of 8 from downtown. Italy has a very good 3-pts percentage of 39.2% in the tournament, but they rely on that aspect of the game too much. The second best was, as always, Luigi Datome with 15 points. A very significant role was played by Hackett with 10 points and 3 assists and 6 rebounds. Surprisingly, the biggest advantage of the Italians in this game was a perfect defense, and they limited Markkanen to only 4 points.
Serbia had more problems than expected against Hungary. The runner up from the last Olympics won 86-78, but they did not leave a good impression. It seems that they were anxious to meet Italy in the quarterfinals. Their best player was Ognjen Kuzmic who had a double-double performance with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Serbs had outstanding shooting percentages, with 68% for two points and 46% for 3-points. Bogdan Bogdanovic had 17 also with 6 assists and 5 from 6 for the field. Boban Marjanovic had 14 with 6 rebounds. As always the Eagles had a high number of assists 23.
Last matches: ITALY
09.09.17 EB Finland vs Italy 57 : 70
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
Last matches: SERBIA
10.09.17 EB Serbia vs Hungary 86 : 78
07.09.17 EB Belgium vs Serbia 54 : 74
05.09.17 EB Great Britain vs Serbia 68 : 82
04.09.17 EB Serbia vs Turkey 80 : 74
02.09.17 EB Russia vs Serbia 75 : 72
Italy vs Serbia: Head to head Stats
Italians and the Serbs had one friendly match just before this competition started. Serbia put down a win back then 73-65. They also encountered in 2015 EuroBasket, and the Serbs were very convincing smashing Italy 101-82.
Italy vs Serbia: Prediction
In our opinion, many things will depend on the shooting percentage of the Italians. If they maintain high accuracy, they will have some chances. Everything below excellent, puts Serbia in a much better position.
Italy vs Serbia: Betting Tips
Serbia to win is looking safe, and 1.35 for that outcome looks pretty good, to be honest. The limit on points is 145.5. Our feeling tells us that this game is going under.