Russia vs Poland by Beatle
After watching the first day of Eurobasket 2015 preliminary round, I have made some conclusions. One of them is that team Poland is currently a much better team than Russia and therefore betting on them in this matchup makes sense.
Polish side have had some better results in preparation matches to this year's Eurobasket. They look like a more solid side to me. And they have 2 leaders on SG and C positions. Something russians just don't have, unfortunately.
Aj Slaughter and Marcin Gortat are top start of team Poland. They also rely on a young reserve center from Gonzaga - Przemyslaw Karnowski. So center line is stronger for Polish side since russians have to rely on very young (center) players R.Pateev from Khimki and Desiatnikov from Zenit St. Petersburg. In fact, the whole russian team consists of players from the local russian league (which is not the weakest league in Europe by any means). Russians rely on experienced Fridzon, Antonov, Monya, Ponkrashev and Vorantsevich. However, something just doesn't work for Russian team with all that mess with preparations and absence of any basketball federation president. No support from NBA and with this lineup, I think, russian side just can't make any good result on Eurobasket 2015 this year.
Pressure is high on russian side because if they lose this, they might end up finishing on 4th or even 5th place since they will have to play Bosnia, France and Finland after this game. I am not sure if russian side in the absence of their leaders, is able to handle the pressure. Poland to win is my pick.
|Poland||Pinnacle||1.87||9||79-82 WON (+7.83 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.