The Sunday action at the EuroBasket 2015 event offered up a number of big talking points and plenty of excitement for the fans. Four teams triumphed on Sunday and all of these teams will be playing on Wednesday, with spots in the semi-finals up for grabs.
The results of the Round of 16 ties on Sunday 13th of September were:
- Croatia 59 – Czech Republic 80
- Serbia 94 – Finland 81
- Israel 52 – Italy 82
- Lithuania 85 – Georgia 81
It was a big result for the Czech Republic in the opening game of Sunday’s action and when it is a big game for them, the big man usually turns up. Jan Veselý grabbed 20 points and 13 rebounds, making all the difference as the Czechs got off to a flying start and then remained in full control of the game. A 17 point lead at half-time put the Czech Republic in full control and gave the Croatians too much to do.
Serbia continued their strong run of form at the 2015 EuroBasket event even if Finland did push them all the way. At the forefront of the Serbian team was Miroslav Raduljica, who grabbed 27 points over the course of the game. Sasu Salin grabbed 26 points for the Finnish side, who had an excellent first quarter but who were eventually undone by the stronger side.
The Italians cruised through the quarter-final with a simple win over Israel. The Italian side won every quarter but the third quarter was the most impressive, winning 9-28. Alessandro Gentile grabbed 27 points for the winners while Gal Mekel offered up 20 points for the Israelis.
The final game of the night was a tight one and with 34 points, Jonas Mačiulis was a huge player for the Lithuanians in their win against Georgia. It was a game that was in the balance until near the end but a triple pointer with 11 seconds on the clock restored a four point for Lithuania and Mačiulis was the toast of the team, although other players will have to step up and support him on Wednesday.
The crowd for the opening game on Sunday was around 12,000 and the attendance rose to over 16,000 for the final game of the evening. Clearly the lack of involvement from the French team had a big impact on the total crowd for this day but it was still a decent turnout for Sunday’s action.
The quarter-final previews for Wednesday the 16th of September are:
Serbia v Czech Republic
Given their great run of form at the 2015 EuroBasket so far, it is no surprise to see that Serbia are big favourites for this game. They should be able to take care of a Czech Republic side that have been patchy throughout the tournament so far.
Taking Serbia at -11, at odds of 1.90, is likely to be a decent bet and if you are keen on taking the Over/Under market option for this game, look to go UNDER 151.5. Bet Now!
|FIBA EuroBasket - Men tip locked in at 14/09 16:00 (Spread Result: 78-75, Totals: 164)
Italy v Lithuania
This is a game that could go either way but Italy have some big-game players and they have performed well during the tournament so far. You should find that they have more than enough to progress to the semi-finals but Lithuania can never be discounted. Time and time again they are overlooked and then they pull something out of the bag. If they can do this on Wednesday, they’ll be on the brink of greatness.
Taking Italy at -2.5, at odds of 1.90, should be a good bet for this game. With the Over/Under market, you should look to go UNDER 153.5 at odds of 1.90. Bet Now!
|FIBA EuroBasket - Men tip locked in at 17/09 09:05 (Spread Result: 80-70, Totals: 155)
The two winning sides will meet on Friday the 18th of September in Lille. The two teams that lose in the quarter-final will be back in action quickly, playing again on Thursday the 17th of September, in the Olympic Qualifying Playoff games. The teams that lose in this round will play out the 7th placed game on Friday.