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Croatia v Italy Basketball Live Stream - Watch the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments Live - Rio berth up for grabs in Turin

  • Italy and Croatia fight for a spot in the Rio Olympics
  • Italy easily defeated Mexico to reach the final
  • Croatia beat Greece in the semifinal
Danilo Gallinari (credit:FIBA)

Italy and Croatia face off in the final of the Turin leg of the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament tonight. 
  
Watch & bet on the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments at bet365. Croatia v Italy is live on Saturday at 20:00 BST


Either Italy or Croatia will book a ticket to the Rio Olympics after their showdown at the Pala Alpitour in Turin tonight.

Italy easily defeated Mexico 79-54 in yesterday's semifinal while Croatia survived a late comeback from Greece to escape with a 66-61 victory. The Italians earlier defeated the Croatians 67-60 in the group stage. Only the winner of this game will qualify for the Rio Olympics so both teams are expected to unleash their best performances.

NBA players Marco Belinelli, Danilo Gallinari and Andrea Bargnani will try to lead the Italians in their quest to play in the Olympics for the first time since 2004 when they won the silver medal in Athens. Sacramento Kings guard Belinelli leads the team in scoring with 14 points per game while Denver Nuggets forward Gallinari is averaging 11 points and a team-high 7 rebounds. 
 
Head coach Ettore Messina will also count on Euroleague veterans Nicolo Melli, Daniel Hackett, Pietro Aradori, Alessandro Gentile and Luigi Datome.

Leading Croatia in this do-or-die game are scoring machine Bojan Bogdanovic and prized power forward Dario Saric. Bogdanovic is averaging a tournament-best 23.7 points and dropped 20 against the Greeks while Saric put up 12.7 points and a team-high 9 rebounds in their first three games.

Other key players for head coach Aleksandar Petrovic are guards Krunoslav Simon and Roko Ukic, Orlando Magic wingman Mario Hezonja and centers Darko Planinic and Miro Bilan. Croatia last played in the Olympics in 2008 where it placed sixth in Beijing.

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Croatia v Italy Basketball Live Stream - Watch the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments Live - Rio berth up for grabs in Turin

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