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Germany have lost just one game – to Slovenia in the group stage – and have one of the strongest teams in decades. While most teams can feel a huge burden of expectation and pressure, even as hosts in the semi-finals, the Germans will not be burdened with such an added burden. The home fans are already happy after the team’s magical victory over Greece and reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 2005.
Spain, on the other hand, beat Finland 100-90 to advance to the EuroBasket semi-finals for the 11th time in a row. But Spain did it with a team consisting of three players born in 2000 or later and missing most of their experienced players. The Iberians have already achieved success and now they will try to reach the final.
The last time Germany beat Spain was in the EuroBasket 2005 semi-finals, when Dirk Nowitzki played for the Germans. Spain went on to knock out Germany in the EuroBasket 2015 group stage in Berlin in Nowitzki’s last game for the national team. Spain then also ended Germany’s winning streak at EuroBasket 2017, winning 84-72 in the quarter-finals.
Germany relies on Franz Wagner, who is second on the team in scoring with 16.3 points and 51.5% shooting from long range. This will be a major test for Xabi Lopez-Arostega, who has to keep the NBA’s rising star under control.
Spain relies heavily on the Hernangomez brothers (Willy and Juancha average 28.6 points and 12.4 rebounds). And that means that Daniel Theis will have to have a strong game to neutralize them.
Germany is the most efficient team in the tournament, scoring 93.6 points per game, while Spain averages 90.4 points. Germany ranks third in three-point shooting at 40.4%, while Spain ranks sixth at 32.8%, with Germany only allowing opponents to shoot 31.1% from long range. Spain dominate the attack with 14.7 offensive rebounds per game – the best in the tournament – and have 32 more offensive rebounds than Germany. Spain also commit the fewest assists in the tournament at 8.6, including an outstanding assist to turnover ratio of 2.4.
Basketball. Eurobasket. Semi-final. Germany – Spain. Live broadcast