Why Dallas Mavericks fans should watch EuroBasket 2022

Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Luka Doncic
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Why Dallas Mavericks fans should watch EuroBasket 2022: 2. No clear favorite

24 countries are taking part in this year’s EuroBasket tournament split into four groups of six teams. The top four in each group advance to the knockout stage to determine a champion, and there is no clear frontrunner heading into the event.

According to WynnBet, Serbia is the favorite at plus-350 with Nikola Jokic leading their charge. Luka Doncic and Slovenia are tied with Tyler Dorsey and Greece at plus-400 as the second favorites. France is plus-500 with Lithuania rounding out the top five. Spain, Italy, Turkey, Germany, and Croatia all have strong squads that could quickly vault into contention.

Fans have seen in World Cup qualifying that multiple teams are skilled and capable of winning any given game. Doncic, Giannis, and Jokic are the three favorites to win NBA MVP this season, and each is leading a different country at EuroBasket with France winning a silver medal at the Olympics last summer. Any of those four teams could win the event or fans may just get treated to a surprise champion like Slovenia was in 2017.

Fans should be tuning in because there will be a ton of exciting games, and any team can win the tournament. Most Mavericks fans will be rooting for Luka Doncic and Slovenia, but defending their crown won’t be easy.