LTU vs CZE Dream11: After losing the opening game, Lithuania will be aiming to return to winning ways when they entertain the Czech Republic in EuroBasket Group C match at Siemens Arena on Monday night (IST). That 86-65 defeat to Belgium in the opening game was a shocking result. Not only there is a clear gulf between the two teams, with Lithuania currently the 8th best Basketball team in the world, where Belgium are ranked 39 in the latest FIBA rankings, but the 21 points gap was too big to believe in that matchup.
But Lithuania now returns to their base and will look to start afresh here. They know a defeat here will be catastrophic to their EuroBakset 2021 hopes.
The Czech republic got to a perfect start with a close 75-71 win over Denmark in their opening game. They will now look to maintain the momentum and strengthen their grip in Group C.
Teams: Lithuania and Czech Republic
Venue: Siemens Arena
Match Timing: February 24, @ 11:00 PM
Lithuania vs Czech Republic team news:
Lithuania: Though there are no injury concerns for the hosts, superstar players such as Jonas Valančiūnas (Memphis Grizzlies) and Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers) are not with the team due to their involvement in the NBA with their respective teams. The roster is otherwise healthy with all the players available for selection.
Czech Republic: None. The roster is healthy with no player missing either with injury or suspension.
Lithuania vs Czech Republic starting five:
Lithuania: Donatas Motiejunas, Mantas Kalnietis, Eimantas Bendzius, Mindaugas Kuzminkas, Tomas Dimsa
Czech Republic: Vojtech Hruban, Jakub Sirina, Martin Peterka, Jaromir Bohacik, Martin Kriz
Grand League tips:
Lithuania: Donatas Motiejunas, Mantas Kalnietis, Eimantas Bendzius, Mindaugas Kuzminkas, Tomas Dimsa, Jonas Maciulis, Zygimantas Janavicius, Laurynas Birutis, Gytis Masiulis, Martynas Sajus, Arnas Butkevicius, Paulius Valinskas
Czech Republic: Tomas Vyoral, Vaclav Bujnoch, Petr Safarcik, Simon Pursl, Lubos Kovar, Lukas Palyza, Vit Krejci, Vojtech Hruban, Jakub Sirina, Martin Peterka, Jaromir Bohacik, Martin Kriz
LTU vs CZE Dream11 teams:
PG: Kalnietis, V Krejci
PF: Kuzminkas (SP), Bendzius, Pursl
PG: V Krejci
SG: Dimsa, Bohacik (SP)
PF: Kuzminkas, Pursl
C: Motiejunas, Peterka