Iran vs Czech Republic: start of the Basketball Olympics
Two years ago Iranian national team performed badly on the Basketball World Cup in China. Persian players finished the tournament on 23rd place, but it was enough to qualify for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo! Iran turned out to be the best Asian team on the World Cup, so they took the Asian spot on the Olympic Games.
Before the start of the competition nominal hosts played five warm-up friendlies. As a result, four defeats and a victory over Japan. Their roster consists of the Iranian Super League players predominantly, only four members of the squad play abroad.
Czech Republic is not only hockey and football. On the 2019 World Cup their national team finished sixth in the rankings. It didn't bring them straight ticket to the Olympics, so they had to play in the qualifying tournament.
In the current month Czechs beat Uruguay (80:79) and lost to Turkey (70:87) in Group B. Second position brought them a spot in the semi-final. In the play-off round Czech team narrowly beat Canada (103:101, OT) and then crushed the Greek national team (97:72). The main stars of the nominal visitors are three-point shooter Tomas Satoransky (Chicago Bulls) and center Jan Vesely (Fenerbahce).
In each of last five games Iran scored at least 73 points
In five most recent Iran's matches total was never higher than 149 points
Iran lost four most recent matches with a TU 154,5
Iranian national team is just not good enough to play in such a big tournament as the Olympic Games. Iranians made it to the Tokyo tournament only because other Asian teams are too weak. Czech Republic national team is in a great form now and a dominant win over Greece proves that. Europeans will try to advance into the playoffs. And a first step is a confident win over the underdog.
Our prediction - Czech Republic to win with a handicap (-15,5) points
Prediction: Handicap (-15,5) on Czech Republic
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The most important match for the Czech Republic is a game against France. In the opening match they will crush the Iranians and will beat the individual total, offered by bookmakers.
Our second bet is on Czech Republic's individual total over 83,5 points