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EuroBasket 2022 betting preview: Spain and France face off in the final

Posted on: September 17, 2022, 01:27h.

Last update on: September 17, 2022, 01:27h.

The league match will go down as France and Spain meet in the EuroBasket 2022 final on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany. France enters EuroBasket finals as -3.5 point favorites against Spain, or -145 odds on the moneyline to claim their first title since 2013.

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Rudy Gobert, the starting center for France in the EuroBasket 2022 tournament, grabs an attacking rebound in the group stage. France meet Spain in the league game for a chance to win only their second EuroBasket title. (Image: Reuters)

France choked Poland on Friday in a 41-point 95-54 victory to secure a place in the EuroBasket league game.

Spain secured a place in the league game with a 96-91 win over Germany. Spain are seeking their fourth EuroBasket title since 2009. They have lost just one game this year, losing to Belgium in the group stage.

EuroBasket 2022 Championship: France vs Spain

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany

Departure: 12:30 p.m. ET

TV/Streaming: ESPN+

Point spread: France -3

Total: 158 o/u

Moneyline: France -145 / Spain +125

Defending champions Slovenia, led by NBA superstar Luka Doncic, were eliminated in the quarter-finals. Poland upset Slovenia as double-digit underdogs and their teeming defense kept Doncic just 14 points in the loss.

Rudy Gobert leads France to 2 overtime thrillers

France had a slow start to EuroBasket with only a 3-2 record in the group stage despite a squad stacked with NBA players like Rudy Gobert (Minnesota Timberwolves), Evan Fournier (New York Knicks), Theo Maledon (Oklahoma City Thunder), and Frank Ntilikina (Dallas Mavericks).

France avoided back-to-back eliminations in the knockout stage with back-to-back overtime wins. Gobert scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in a win over Turkey. France squealed with an 87-86 overtime win to advance to the quarter-finals.

Italy nearly beat France in the quarter-finals, but France needed another extra session to survive and advance. Italy ran out of gas in overtime and lost 93-85. Gobert had another double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

France shot a sizzling 58% from 3 points in their 41-point bombardment against Poland in the semi-finals.

Moustapha Fall led France with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Guerschon Yabusele added 22 points and knocked down four treys.

The goal has always been a gold medal. said Gobert. “One more game to play.”

France opened the tournament as one of the second joint favorites at +450 odds behind Serbia and Slovenia.

Spain: Hernangomez Brothers Shine, Lorenzo Brown Controversy

Spain cruised into the group stage with a 4-1 record thanks to steady shooting from Willy Hernangomez of the New Orleans Pelicans and Juancho Hernangomez of the Toronto Raptors.

In the first round of the knockout stage, Lithuania tested Spain but the Hernangomez brothers combined for 34 points in victory. The Hernangomez brothers were unstoppable against Finland, scoring 42 of Spain’s 100 points in the quarter-finals.

Spain rallied to beat Germany in the semi-finals with a 12-0 second-half surge. The Hernangomez brothers combined for just 30 points, but Lorenzo Brown carried Spain to victory with a game-high 27 points.

The American-born Brown is a source of controversy. Brown played his college ball at North Carolina State, before being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2013 NBA Draft. He bounced around the NBA before heading overseas to play in China and Turkey. He played with Maccabi in Tel Aviv, Israel before joining the Spanish national team. When point guard Ricky Rubio blew his ACL, Spain granted him citizenship so he could replace Rubio.

Match for third place: Germany vs Poland

Germany and Poland face off in the match for third place before the championship final.

Poland played Cinderella in the EuroBasket knockout stage and secured a place in the semi-finals before being obliterated by France.

Going into EuroBasket 2022, Poland had +5000 chances to win the title and weren’t even among the top 12 favorites. Poland is a +11.5 underdog against Germany, and you back them on the moneyline with odds of +600.

Poland went 3-2 in the group stage but warmed up in the knockout stage despite not having a single NBA player on their EuroBasket roster. They overthrew Ukraine in the first round, before beating Slovenia in the quarter-finals. Mateusz Ponitka dropped a triple-double with 26 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in the stunning win.

Germany led all teams in scoring before Spain knocked them out in the semi-finals. Germany has several NBA players in its starting lineup, including Franz Wagner (Orlando Magic), Dennis Schroder (Los Angeles Lakers) and Daniel Theis (Indiana Pacers).