Why Dallas Mavericks fans should watch the EuroBasket 2022 quarterfinals

Luka Doncic, Slovenia, EuroBasket 2022
Luka Doncic, Slovenia, EuroBasket 2022 / Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto/GettyImages
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Why Dallas Mavericks fans should watch France vs. Italy in EuroBasket 2022 quarterfinals

France and Slovenia are developing a rivalry, and fans could get a third recent installment if both teams win their quarterfinals. The French topped Luka Doncic and his country in a tight game in the Olympic semifinals last summer before Slovenia got a bit of revenge in the group stage as the Mavs superstar went for 47 points.

Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier lead France as they look to win their fourth straight medal at EuroBasket. Gobert is an elite rim protector that should make life difficult for the Italians inside. The French will need Fournier’s shooting and scoring if they want to get back into the semis.

Danilo Gallinari suffered an ACL injury during World Cup qualifying that is expected to keep him out for the entire 2022-2023 NBA season. Recent Utah Jazz signee Simone Fontecchio has stepped up as their leading scorer, but nobody expected them to be here.

Italy finished fourth in Group C, and nobody predicted they would knockout Serbia in the round of 16. Former Maverick Nicolo Melli will be a key floor space and shot-maker for his country, but expect France to roll to victory to set up another rematch with Slovenia.