Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic was forced to use his playmaking to lift Slovenia over Lithuania in their EuroBasket 2022 opener. Lithuania was sending two players and making life difficult on Doncic, so he kicked to open teammates on his way to a 14-point double-double and a victory.
Slovenia continues their quest to repeat as EuroBasket champions as they face Hungary on Sept. 3 in Germany. The Hungarians do not have an NBA player on their roster, and they lost their EuroBasket opener 95-85 to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hungary was picked to finish sixth in the group, but Slovenia cannot overlook them.
What does Luka have in store against Hungary? Can he lead Slovenia to their second straight win as they prepare for a back-to-back set? Here is a look at how to watch, the odds, and more on Sept. 3 showdown between Slovenia and Hungary.
Luka Doncic and Slovenia vs. Hungary in EuroBasket: How to watch
Start time: 1:20 p.m. CT or 2:20 p.m. ET
How to watch online: ESPN-plus (live), Courtside 1891 (on-demand replays only in the USA)
Luka Doncic and Slovenia vs. Hungary in EuroBasket: Injury report
Slovenia and Hungary are both at full strength entering their second game of EuroBasket. Slovenia could watch Goran Dragic’s minutes closely as they kick off a back-to-back set. Now, would be the game to rest the 36-year-old, but no word yet on their plans.
Luka Doncic and Slovenia vs. Hungary in EuroBasket: Odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBet, Slovenia sits at minus-3,350 on the moneyline with the spread sitting at 17.5 points. The over/under is 171.5 with Slovenia at minus-1,000 to win the opening half.
Luka Doncic and Slovenia vs. Hungary in EuroBasket predictions
Slovenia is a massive favorite, and fans should expect Luka Doncic to go off against Hungary. A 30-point game or a monster triple-double could be in store as the 23-year-old superstar makes his case to be tournament MVP. Slovenia needs to win, and they will be ready to do that. Expect a monster night from Doncic to keep their momentum going.
Slovenia faces Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday, so it will be interesting to see if coach Aleksander Sekulic alters his rotation. Luka Doncic is going to be ready to put on a show regardless, and fans should be excited to watch him shine.