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Olympic Games 2021 Qualifiers Puerto Rico vs Italy 7/1/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Olympic Games 2021 Qualifiers Puerto Rico vs Italy 7/1/2021 Picks Predictions Previews


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Team Italy are facing Team Puerto Rico at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in Belgrade, Serbia on Thursday, July 1, at 10:30 ET in the Group Phase of the 2021 Olympic Game Qualifiers. Team Italy played three friendly matches prior to the tournament and had a 2-1 record. Team Puerto Rico played a total of five friendlies and won only one of them.


Italy had a 4-2 record in the 2022 Eurobasket Qualifiers and were tied with Team Russia in the first place of Group B and kept that spot by winning the tie-breaker. They had back-to-back losses after winning their first four games of the tournament and in their last game they got defeated by Team North Macedonia with an 87-78 score. They shot with 50% from downtown and were led by Marco Spissu with 17 points and a team-high 8 assists. Giordano Bortolani and Mitchele Vitali added 11 points apiece. 


Vitali leads the team in scoring with 14.8 ppg, adding 4.4 rebounds per game. Giampaolo Ricci adds 13.5 ppg and 4.5 boards per game. 


Italy had the second-best offense in the 2022 Eurobasket Qualifiers with 85.2 ppg, while allowing 81.1 ppg defensively. They had the third-best field goal percentage with 49% and the second-best 3-point percentage with 42.6%. They were also first in assists made with 22 per game. 


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Olympic Games 2021 Qualifiers Puerto Rico vs Italy Predictions 7/1/2021


Puerto Rico had a 3-3 record in the 2022 AmeriCup Qualifiers and finished in the second place of Group D. They had three consecutive wins after losing their first three games in the tournament. In their last game they defeated Team Bahamas with a 97-102 score. They had an efficient shooting game both from the field (54.2%) and from behind the arc (50%) and saw three players scoring 22+ points. Juan Jose Barea and Gian Clavell had 26 points each, with Barea adding team-highs both in rebounding with 7 and in assists made with 8. Clavell was perfect from downtown, making all of his five 3-pointers. 


Clavell leads the team in scoring with 20 ppg, adding 4 rebounds per game. Barea adds 18.5 ppg, 4.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. 


Puerto Rico averaged 78.7 ppg in the 2022 AmeriCup Qualifiers, while allowing 85.1 ppg defensively. They had a 43.4% field goal percentage and a 33.3% 3-point percentage. 


Team Italy has won all four previous matchups against Team Puerto Rico in any competition ever. Their most recent meeting was back in the 2019 World Cup, where Team Italy emerged victorious with an 89-94 score in overtime. Team Puerto Rico have been giving them a hard time, as three of the four Italy’s wins have been by less than 5 points. I’m going to pick Team Puerto Rico to force another close game by more than 10 points, so pick them today. 


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Olympic Games 2021 Qualifiers Puerto Rico vs Italy 7/1/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 10:30 ET 


Location: Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in Belgrade, Serbia


Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021


TV: –


Olympic Games 2021 Qualifiers Odds/Point Spread: Italy -10


Olympic Games 2021 Qualifiers Totals: +151


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