Germany vs Italy: European battle
Germany national team performed below expectations on the 2019 Basketball World Cup. Only eighteenth place in the competition of 32 teams. Nonetheless, it was enough for a spot in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
In the beginning of the current month German players won their qualifying group, leaving Russia and Mexico behind. In the semi-final they beat Croatia and in the final they Brazil was beaten.
Hosts have two NBA players in their squad - Isaac Bonga and Moritz Wagner. Johannes Voigtmann plays for CSKA, Maodo Lo and Johannes Thiemann - for Alba Berlin.
Italy national team also failed to receive a straight ticket to the Olympics in the 2019 Basketball World Cup. Two years ago Italians finished on tenth place in China. In the group stage of Qualifying Tournament Italians played only one game. In that match Italian players barely avoided defeat in the match against Puerto Rico (90:83).
In the playoffs Italy easily beat Dominican Republic. In the decisive battle Italians recorded a victory over the runners-up of 2016 Olympics, Serbia (102:95).
Captain of the Italian team is Nicolo Melli, who recently played for Dallas Mavericks. Nico Mannion and Danilo Gallinari are also playing for the NBA teams.
Most recent head-to-head match finished with a score of 91:79
Germany won seven most recent head-to-head matches
In the most recent head-to-head match both teams managed to score more than 70 points
In the current year German basketball players are looking better than their football and hockey counterparts. In the Qualifying Tournament Germans were not considered favourites in matches against Croatia and Brazil. In our opinion, bookmakers are underestimating the nominal hosts. Germany's roster and team's current form are pushing us towards the bet on their win.
Our prediction - Germany to win (Including OT)
One month ago Germans and Italians had a friendly match, which ended with a 91:79. We think that teams will put up a high-scoring performance in the official match as well, so we offer to pick a bet on total over.
Our second prediction - total over 157,5 points