Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic is set to lead the Slovenia in EuroBasket. They are the defending champions, but the tournament has not taken place since 2017. Goran Dragic won MVP last time with a teenage Doncic making the All-Tournament team. Both are back, but it will be Luka in the starring role this year.
The tournament kicks off on Sept. 1 with group play. Slovenia is in Group B with France, Lithuania, Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Hungary. The top four teams will advance to the knockout stage, and Slovenia enters the tournament among the favorites to win it all.
Luka and company kick off the tournament against Lithuania on Sept. 1. It is a rematch of their Olympic qualifier final where Doncic dropped a 31-point triple-double to lift Slovenia to their first Olympics. Can Lithuania get some revenge on Thursday? Here is a look at how fans can watch, the odds, and more.
Luka Doncic and Slovenia vs. Lithuania in EuroBasket: How to watch
Start time: 10:05 a.m. CT or 11:05 a.m. ET
How to watch online: ESPN-plus (live), Courtside 1891 (on-demand replays only in USA)
Luka Doncic and Slovenia vs. Lithuania in EuroBasket: Injury report
There are no injuries to report ahead of the EuroBasket opener. Luka Doncic did have an injury scare during Slovenia’s final World Cup qualifier, but he returned to the game minutes later, and he will be fully healthy entering EuroBasket.
Luka Doncic and Slovenia vs. Lithuania in EuroBasket: Odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBet, Slovenia is minus-200 on the moneyline entering Thursday’s game. They are minus-175 to win the first half, and the spread is 4.5 points in favor of Luka’s team.
The over/under for the contest is 171 points, which the two teams flew past in their Olympic qualifier last summer.
Luka Doncic and Slovenia vs. Lithuania in EuroBasket predictions
The Slovenia will need a masterful performance from Luka to defeat Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas in Germany on Thursday. Expect the 23-year-old superstar to rise to the occasion. Doncic was the media’s pick to win EuroBasket MVP, and he starts it with a 30-point double-double as Slovenia tops Lithuania in a nail-biter.
Sabonis and Valanciunas dominate the paint, which forces Doncic to dip into his bag of tricks. Mavericks fans can expect to see him use Dirk Nowitzki’s signature shot multiple times as he lifts his country to a victory.
Dallas Mavericks fans cannot miss Luka Doncic and Slovenia in EuroBasket. The 23-year-old will be having a blast as he leads his country, and it will be a treat to watch, so be sure to tune in and enjoy.