Group B EuroBasket Odds
Who wins group B at the EuroBasket 2022?
Group B will be a very intense group in the competition. Among the six teams, we have to point up teams France, Slovenia, and Lithuania, which stand out for their quality. There are also Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Germany who will try to get that fourth place in the group and placement in the next phase.
At first glance, it seems that it will be Germany, but it is not so easy to conclude.
The German national basketball team will be in the circle of potential "shadow favorites" at the upcoming Eurobasket, judging by the lineup available to coach Gordon Herbert. On the extended list of 16 names are the NBA trumps of the great Wagner brothers (Franz and Moritz) from Orlando, the recent center of Boston, and new center of Indiana Theis, and of course Denis Schruder - the team leader.
Unfortunately for the Germans, wing center Maxi Kleber of Dallas gave up on this representative action.
Also, Anadolu Efes basketball player Tibor Pleiss will not be able to help the German national team at the upcoming EuroBasket due to an injury in the Turkish league final.
On paper, probably the weakest team in the group. Hungary does not have a basketball tradition and some big, well-known names in the world of basketball, which does not diminish their desire to make as big an impact as possible.
Their goal will be fourth place in the group, but if that happens, it will certainly be their maximum.
They will look for their chance against the team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but even there it will be difficult if you take into account the composition of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
We can say that just participating in this competition is a success for the Hungarian national team, but let's wait.
The main player in team Hungary will be Adam Hanga, well-known in the European basketball.
Slovenia, the defending champion of the European Championship, announced its squad in preparation for this year's continental competition and they will be in the group in Cologne.
In addition to the biggest Slovenian star, Luka Doncic, the team includes the most valuable player of the 2017 European Championship, Goran Dragic, who retired from the national team after the tournament but will return this summer, as well as big names such as Jaka Blazic, Zoran Dragic and Klemen Prepelic.
At the previous European Championship, Anthony Randolph was the naturalized player of the Slovenians, now Mike Tobey will be able to play in the center position instead.
When you look a little wider, Slovenia is a team that is covered in all positions in the team with players who have extensive European experience.
Their strongest strength is precisely the TEAM led by the incredible Luka Doncic.
They are definitely candidates for first place in the group along with great France.
The Lithuanian national team will be one of France's biggest rivals at the upcoming Eurobasket, which starts for our boys on September 1. As usual, the Baltic team will rely on excellent shooters, as well as several players with experience playing in the NBA and Euroleague.
Coach Kazys Maksvytis announced 16 names, which are currently on a wider list, which will be further narrowed down during the preparations.
The center line seems the strongest, as it is led by Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valančiūnas, so it can be said that the Lithuanians usually have the entire package, and throughout history, they knew very often how to make other teams sad when they least expected it.
What is particularly interesting is that the list includes a basketball player who just over a year ago played in the ABA 2 league in the jersey of Spurs from Sarajevo. It is about Gediminas Orelik, who experienced an extraordinary rise after the injuries that plagued him, which the coach recognized and rewarded him with a call.
Bosnia-Herzegovina is preparing for the European Championship with two big stars, but we have to pay attention not only to Dzanan Musa and Jusuf Nurkic.
One of them is the 206-centimeter and still only 23-year-old swingman Dzanan Musa, who started as a huge talent and is starting to live up to the expectations placed on him. We got to know Musa at Cedevita, then at the age of 19, in 2018, he was taken by the Brooklyn Nets in the 29th place of the first round of the draft. Perhaps he was transferred to the NBA a little early, he couldn't show his talent, and his game hasn't been refined yet. After two years, in 2020, the Nets sent him to Detroit as part of a three-team trade, and the Pistons released him from their squad - however, his career got on the right track here. Musa finished the 2020/21 season with Anadolu Efes, as a Euroleague winner, and then transferred to Spain to Río Breogán, which was able to participate in the round of 16 of the cup thanks to him and finished 11th in the league. With an average of 20 points, Musa became the best scorer and MVP of the ACB League, so he was taken by Real Madrid this summer.
The other outstanding player for the Bosnians is, of course, the 27-year-old, 211-centimeter center, Jusuf Nurkic, who also started from Cedevita and also ended up in the NBA. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 16th pick of the first round in 2014 and has proven to be a reliable big man for the Coloradoans. However, he was not outstanding, and Nikola Jokic, who later won two MVP titles, arrived at the Nuggets in the meantime, so Nurkic had no choice. Before the trade deadline of the 2016/17 season, he joined the Portland TrailBlazers, where he started playing basketball at a different level.
Their place (not counting injuries) is quite certain in the 12-man squad, and we can also be sure that this Bosnian team will be based on the two of them... but not only on them. That John Roberson is there, Kenan Kamenjas was the MVP and best rebounder of the Adria Liga 2, and The 25-year-old, 201-centimeter Edin Atic.
At the beginning of the month, France announced the names of the 17 men who will start preparing for the continental tournament in September.
It is not surprising, that the team has strengthened, this could already be guessed who will be the main threat to other teams. Members of the squad include three-time NBA All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year award winner Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier, who has been playing in the NBA for 10 years, two Real Madrid stars, Guerschon Yabusele and Thomas Heurtel, as well as the Also Victor Wembanyama, who is currently considered a sure 1/1 for next year's NBA draft but he will not be able to play for France at the Eurobasket due to the injury he suffered at the end of the season while playing for Asvel.
So there is an opportunity for national team captain Vincent Collet, narrowing down the squad will not be an easy task.
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