Handicap -11 : +11
Start of the championship and a battle between old rivals, reigning World champs, and perennial contenders to win eurobasket (but still without a win) against the fallen giants of european basketball trying to get back on tracks.
It's obvious Spain is the first candidate to win the gold medal, maybe it's time to finally win so much wanted trophy, but they will have to work hard to get there. Injury worries of Rudy Fernandez and Pau Gasol who haven't played a single friendly this summer cause of injury but should return tonight are clear set backs, but Spain has enough quality players for this not to affect them much.
Still, teh main reason why I like this bet is not cause I expect some major drop in Spain's performances, but cause I expect Serbia's major improvement in big competitions from last years. After some shameful outings, and some joke coaches who led Serbian team last couple of years and their selection problems, Serbia last year brought one of their legendary coaches Ivkovic in charge, who worked 2 years only as a national team in order to get what it takes to make Serbia fight for medals again. So far looks like he succeeded, he made a very good selection with young guys willing to fight hard, but with enough experience from Euroleague to be ready to carry this team on a big competition.
Spain remains obvious favourite not only against Serbia but all teams in the championship, still this won't be a walk in the park. Serbia is back with a very good team, they're still flying under the radar, and this should be a very good bet.
Spain vs Serbia betting tips summary
Pick Serbia +11
Stake 8 / 10
Bookmaker Pinnacle Sports