The Dallas Mavericks signed Tyler Dorsey this offseason to a two-way contract as the 6’5 wing looks to get back into the NBA after three years in Europe. Dorsey will continue to state his case as he plays for Greece in EuroBasket. The 26-year-old was a starter and key scorer for his country in World Cup qualifying, and fans should expect that to continue at the European championships.
Greece is led by two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Two of his brothers are in the squad that is among the favorites to win EuroBasket. They begin their quest on Friday against a tough Croatia squad that has plenty of NBA talent.
Is Greece favored to win their opener? What should Mavericks fans expect from Tyler Dorsey? Here is a closer look at everything supporters need to know about Friday’s game.
Tyler Dorsey and Greece vs. Croatia in EuroBasket: How to watch
Start time: 9:50 a.m. CT or 10:50 a.m. ET
How to watch online: ESPN-plus (live), Courtside 1891 (on-demand replays only in USA)
Tyler Dorsey and Greece vs. Croatia in EuroBasket: Injury report
Kostas Antetokounmpo made Greece’s final roster, but he missed the team’s final World Cup qualifier with an injury. No word yet on if he will be able to play in the EuroBasket opener. His country expects him to be available at some point throughout the tournament, but not necessarily for the first game.
Tyler Dorsey and Greece vs. Croatia in EuroBasket: Odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBet, Greece is a 7.5-point favorite, and they sit at minus-360 on the moneyline. The contest has an over/under of 161.5, and Greece is minus-250 to win the first half.
Tyler Dorsey and Greece vs. Croatia in EuroBasket predictions
Dario Saric, Ivica Zubac, and Bojan Bogdanovic present a difficult first test for Greece in EuroBasket 2022, but they have no answers for Giannis as the Greek Freak drops 32 to lead his country to victory. Croatia hangs tough as Bogdanovic drops 20 and Zubac has a double-double, but it is not enough to get the win.
Tyler Dorsey has 15 points and five assists in Greece’s EuroBasket opener as he is asked to guard Bogdanovic down the stretch. It is a chance for the 6’5 wing to showcase his defense and athletic ability as he makes the jump back to NBA.
Fans should expect a fun and exciting game between Greece and Croatia to kick off their EuroBasket slates. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Tyler Dorsey both plan on putting on a show as Greece looks to make a statement in the opener, so do not miss it.