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Latvia v Montenegro – EuroBasket 2017

Latvia v Montenegro - EuroBasket 2017

Excluding this one, we have already posted six betting previews for free today and you can still follow four of them(Antwerp v St. Truiden and Waregem v Kortrijk from Jupiler League, DC United v Orlando City and Toronto FC v San Jose Earthquakes from MLS). Anyway, for the final betting prediction today, we will take a look at a tomorrow’s basketball match, 1/8-finals between the Baltic Latvia and Balkan Montenegro at the EuroBasket 2017.

Montenegro finished 3rd in the Group C, with Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Romania being the other teams. Their record 3-2 is decent, as they only lost to Spain (99:60) and Croatia (72:76). On the other side, Latvia finished 2nd in the group D. Serbia finished just above Latvia, with Russia on 3rd spot, followed by Turkey, Belgium, and Great Britain. Now to the match between Latvia and Montenegro. In my eyes, Latvia is a clear favorite to win this one and take on Slovenia in quarter-finals. The problem is, it’s not only me seeing Latvia as a favorite, but it’s also the bookies. So betting on Latvia results in low odds. On the other hand, I would not bet on big handicap. I’m not saying they are not good, far from it. Latvia is one of the best scoring teams in the Eurobasket and they have proven time after time they are a quality team. On the other hand, they defense is not as good as it could be, which could spell some trouble going into the match with Montenegro, who boasts a few big men (Vucevic, Todorovic, Barovic) who love to play under the rim. Anyhow, Latvia still is a favorite, but I see better value in an Over bet, as both teams are capable of scoring quite a few points, with Latvia average of 88ppg and Montenegro 75.6ppg. For this, match I see no reason why they wouldn’t reach that 158 points combined.

Prediction: Over 158 points
Odds: 1.961 Pinnacle

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