We’re down to the final eight in Eurobasket 2009 and so now might be a good time to, um, reassess those investments made at the beginning of the tournament – which is to say, start covering on some still-shaky (or straight-up *gone*) wagers made before the tourney tipped off…
Spain remains a better than odds-on favorite to take Eurobasket; Euroleague/Ball in Europe sponsor SportingBet.com now has Espana at 19/20. In hindsight, while reviewing the “highlights” of Spain’s first- and second-round games prior to Poland last night, that these is the best line this team has gotten thus far. Greece remains second-favorite at 11/2.
The BallinEurope-suggested dark horse, Croatia, has gotten even darker. the Checkerboards at 40/1, met only by Russia at a like 40/1. Serbia is a relative favorite next to these teams at 14/1, but they “only” have to great through Russia and probably Slovenia to get to the finals.
(Incidentally, aren’t these brackets a tad lopsided? I mean, the other half is filled out by Spain, Greece, France and Turkey; that’s the two prospective favorites plus the only undefeated team in the tournament and Turkey, who nearly duplicated the feat. This bit of bracket also has the three highest-scoring teams remaining. Talk about your groups of death…)
Best bet on the board for a combination of probability and payout? I’ve got two: Slovenia at 11/2 is pretty tough to resist, as they should push aside Croatia tomorrow night and are fully capable of handling the Russia/Serbia winner. As for the second, well, let’s just say the sweetest line out there tonight has got to be Sporting Bet’s 2/1 odds on France against Spain. You heard it here first.
Below run the odds tables on the Eurobasket 2009 outright winner at BallinEurope sponsors Sporting Bet and Paddy Power. To get more information and/or odds and lines on tonight’s games, click on the banners or logos at right.
Eurobasket 2009 outright winner
Spain: 19/20 at Sporting Bet; 20/21 at Paddy Power
Slovenia: 11/2; 4/1
Greece: 11/2; 5/1
France: 6/1; 6/1
Turkey: 7/1; 17/2
Serbia: 14/1; 12/1
Croatia: 40/1; 25/1
Russia: 40/1; 33/1
Bonne chance, everyone!