Group D EuroBasket Odds
Who wins group D at the EuroBasket 2022?
Group D will be hosted by the Czech Republic, and the matches will be played at the O2 Arena in Prague. The 16,805-seat basketball stadium was built in 2004 and is primarily used for ice hockey games - the permanent home of HC Sparta Prague. The 2004 and 2015 Division A Hockey World Cups were held here, NHL and KHL games were also held here, as well as the basketball Euroleague Final Four in 2006, the European Women's Basketball Championship in 2017, and the Davis Cup final. and the European indoor athletics championship - and, of course, as is usually the case with a multi-functional hall, the concerts were not left behind either.
Serbia has a particularly strong framework for its preparation. Among the biggest names, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Boban Marjanovic are not on Svetislav Pesic's team, but there are still plenty of world stars: among others, two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, two-time Euroleague MVP Vasilije Micic, legendary Milos Teodosic, this year's MVP of the Adria Liga -, Nikola Kalinic, who signed with Barcelona, Fener's shooting guard Marko Guduric, Aleksa Avramovic, who is consistently strong in points during the qualifiers, Nemanja Bjelica, this year's NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors, Nemanja Nedovic, who has just signed for Crvena Zvezda, Nikola Milutinov, who was dominant at CSKA Moscow and earlier at Olympiakos, Vanja Marinkovic, who spent the last few years at Valencia and Baskonia, or the always reliable Marko Jagodic-Kuridza. So there is no problem with the squad, based on that, Serbia is one of the big contenders for the gold medal. During the qualifiers, they won Group E (4-2) in front of Georgia and Finland, but they did not succeed in the World Cup qualifiers, where they finished third behind Latvia and Belgium with a score of 3-3. they also missed the Olympics, which could be a warning sign for them as well.
The co-host is the Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky is their biggest name, along with Patrik Auda, Vojtech Hruban, Ondrej Balvin, Jaromir Bohacik, and David Jelinek, you still have to pay attention to them, as they had to 5 years ago. Their squad is balanced and they know each other well - in addition to the home field, this can be an advantage for them, advancing from the group should not be a problem for them. In Group C of the European Championship Qualifiers, they came third with 2-4 ahead of Belgium and Lithuania, and during the World Cup qualification, they finally ran into second place in Group F with great success. and they head to the next group stage with the same balance as the Hungarian team (3-3).
Poland has a problem, head coach Igor Milicic has something to fix in the coming weeks. The Poles made it to the European Championships in third place (3-3) behind Israel and Spain from Group A, but they failed in the World Cup qualifiers in a bombshell surprise, finishing only fourth in Group D behind Germany, Israel, and Estonia. Mateusz Ponitka, who left Zenit after the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war, and AJ Slaughter are the two main players, this was visible in the last two World Cup qualifiers, but they did not get much help from the others in the two decisive matches. The center of Gran Canaria, Aleksander Balcerowski, is only 21 years old and cannot always provide balanced performance, Aaron Cel, unlike him, is already on his way out, and among the others, one of the excellences of the German Bundesliga, Michal Michalak, Michal Sokolowski, and Jaroslaw Zyskowski, who play basketball at Treviso, can still be good. The guard can have a serious X-factor: Jeremy Sochan, selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the 9th place of this year's draft, can make a big impact on the team (at least in defense), but the eighth-placed player of the 2019 World Cup may have problems even advancing.
Israel comes to this European Championship with very stable results. During the qualifiers, they won Group A ahead of Spain (5-1) and successfully took the first round of the World Cup qualifying series, finishing in second place in Group D behind Germany (3-3). Their best-known player, Deni Avdija from the Washington Wizards, and Tamir Blatt from Alba Berlin will be key players at this European Championship, as well Blatt's teammate, Yovel Zoosman - both were regulars for the German champions. Guy Goodes' team has no shortage of experience, as Gal Mekel has also played in the NBA, and 38-year-old Guy Pnini is also a member of the large squad. As with the Poles, the unit dominates here, by the way, only recently has this core been able to play at a higher level with Tomer Ginat, Nimrod Levi, John DiBartolomeo, With Rafael Menco, and Roman Sorkin - 10-11 people know roughly the same thing about the Israelis. Based on the past qualifiers, they have to advance from the group, but they still have competition.
Finland there is always a surprise in every single world event, and the Nordics have shown their strength recently: the European qualifiers were defeated 3-3 in Group E behind Serbia and Georgia, but ahead of Slovenia, Sweden, and Croatia in the first round of the World Cup qualifiers they won group C, and in addition, they take 5-1 to the second group round - Lassi Tuovi's guard lost their first game in Sweden... Lauri Markkanen had a good season with Cleveland, so he comes to this continental tournament, Sasu Salin, Petteri Koponen, and the Shawn Huff trio need no introduction - they have been practically everywhere with the Finns in the past decade, usually as drag performers. Next to them, are Edon Maxhunira, who played particularly well in the last two World Cup qualifiers, Alexander Madsen, who moved to AEK Athens, and the best sixth man in the Belgian league, Mikael Jantunen, who continues his career at Treviso, will be worth paying attention to. The Finns can easily pepper under the noses of either Israel or Poland.
The Netherlands on paper is the weakest member of the group, and its progress would be almost as much of a surprise as Bulgaria's progress from the A-rated six. They finished in second place with 3-3 in Group D of the Euro qualifiers, but they only made it to third place in Group H in the World Cup qualifiers by eliminating Russia - they take 0-4 to the second group round. It is worth noting that they lost their last two World Cup qualifiers against the Italians and the Icelanders by 2-2 points, they lost the first one to Iceland by 1, but the 0-4 result remains a fact. The Dutch haven't announced a full squad yet, but lately, they've been playing their stakes matches with almost the same squad they used in December 2018. Yannick Francke is their biggest name, he signed a contract with PAOK this summer and can be considered a driving force in the "Benelux League" the MVP of the Dutch final, Thomas van der Mars, as well as the most valuable player of the Benelux championship grand final, Worthy de Jong. Shane Hammink and Charlon Kloof can even decide a game, but the Dutch do not have a very high-profile name. We can expect close matches from them, but advancing would be a serious sensation even if this is not the strongest group.
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