Slovenia vs Ukraine
Competition: EuroBasket, Group A
Date: 9th of September 2017
Kick-off: 11:30 CET
Surprisingly or not Slovenia was at the top of the Group A, and they are going to meet Ukraine in the round of 16 of the EuroBasket.
The Zmajecki as the fans likes to call them were perfect during the group stage, and they put down 5 incredible victories. They are averaging 89.2 points which puts them on a high third place in this tournament. The boys in green are the second team when looking at steals, with 9.2 per game, and despite not having a dominant center, Slovenians are fourth when it comes to rebounding, 38.6.
When we set aside all these statistical data, there are only two dominant reasons why Slovenia shows such excellent performances: Goran Dragic and Luka Doncic.
The Miami Heat super star is the top scorer so far with 24.4 points per game. There is no defense against this guy and when he penetrates he create space for his teammates. On the other hand, Real Madrid teenager Luka Doncic organizes the game perfectly, and his contribution is enormous on both sides of the court. With 13.8 points, 7.2 boards and 1.4 steals, he is the genuine brain of this team.
Ukraine caught the last chance and used the fact that Georgia lost against Italy. After the opening two rounds, we had an impression that Ukrainian team is going to be one of the worst in this tournament. But that is not what Artem Pustovyi had on his mind, and the fantastic center started playing unreal which made it possible for his team to record victories against Georgia and Israel. 7 foot 1 slim center averages 17.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and he protects the rim very well with 1.6 blocks per game. Ukraine is the team with the most blocks in this championship 4.6 per game. He has an enormous help from Denis Lukashov, who feeds him with assists (5.8 per game). These two developed an excellent pick and roll play.
Last matches: SLOVENIA
06.09.17 EB Slovenia vs France 95 : 78
05.09.17 EB Iceland vs Slovenia 75 : 102
03.09.17 EB Slovenia vs Greece 78 : 72
02.09.17 EB Finland vs Slovenia 78 : 81
31.08.17 EB Slovenia vs Poland 90 : 81
Last matches: UKRAINE
06.09.17 EB Israel vs Ukraine 64 : 88
05.09.17 EB Ukraine vs Lithuania 62 : 94
03.09.17 EB Georgia vs Ukraine 81 : 88
02.09.17 EB Ukraine vs Italy 66 : 78
31.08.17 EB Germany vs Ukraine 75 : 63
Slovenia vs Ukraine: Head to head Stats
Slovenia and Ukraine played less than a month ago in a friendly international game. The Slovenians were better and won that match 78-67.
They were also in the qualifying group for this competition. In both legs, the winner of the Group A had more success, 80-69 and 84-77.
Slovenia vs Ukraine: Prediction
Slovenia is a much better team in this matchup, and without a doubt, they are going to win. Also, we think that Ukraine has nothing to lose and that they are going to focus on offense, so we believe that this match should be a high scoring one.
Slovenia vs Ukraine: Betting Tips
- Slovenia to score over 86.5 points@ 1.90
- Over 156.5 @ 1.85 betting odds