Spain vs Latvia. Battle of teams from the TOP 10 in the world according to FIBA

Spain will play Latvia on February 22. This match will take place as part of the first round of the fourth round of the group stage of qualifying for EuroBasket 2025. The match will take place on the parquet of the Pabellón José Luis Abos sports complex in Zaragoza.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Spain vs Latvia


The team is now second in the FIBA world rankings. She recently gave up the leadership position to the US team. Accordingly, the Spaniards are still the best in Europe at the moment. On paper the situation is like this, but let’s remember the last World Cup. Here the team failed to leave the group. He lost the competition to Canada and Latvia, ahead of only Brazil in the quartet.

Well, sad periods happen. Now we need to forget all this and move on. By the way, the match with Latvia is very useful here. The offender must definitely take revenge. Everyone understands that the leaders of Spain, playing overseas, will not come to defend the colors of the flag in the qualifying match. This fact is not encouraging, but it is not a tragedy. The Spaniards are able to field a powerful team of basketball players who compete in Europe.

Spain's squad for the upcoming matches includes ten players involved in the Euroleague. At the same time, we note that Willie Hernangomez, who now represents Barça, was not included here. This guy was the most valuable player at EuroBasket in 202.


The team is already in eighth place in the world ranking according to FIBA, or fourth if we are talking only about Europe. Latvia is now called “basketball climbers”, meaning the speed of its ascent into the TOP. In a very short period, the Baltics managed to add 22 places to the FIBA planet rankings. This is incredibly cool.

At the last World Cup, Latvia made people talk about themselves. Everyone understood that the team was serious. The team took second place in its group, behind Canada, which later won bronze medals. The Spaniards and Brazilians were left behind. Then, in the quarterfinals, the lot brought the team against Germany, which later became the champion, and the Baltic team’s path was interrupted here. The result is worthy. It is possible that if the tournament grid had been a little different, the Latvians would have been able to compete for medals. In any case, fifth place at the World Cup is a positive result for the team.

Again, if we analyze that championship of the planet, then we can now expect great basketball in Latvia from: Bertans, Kurucs, Zagars, Skele, Smits and others. The names aren't too familiar, but maybe that's just for now.

Spain vs Latvia

History of the confrontation

The teams have seven matches in their common history. They took place from 1993 to 2023. In these meetings, the victory was 6:1 in favor of Spain. The Latvians won their only match here at the last World Cup (September 2023). The battle ended with a score of 74:69. This was the group stage of the tournament.

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Game Totals Prediction

Big national teams sometimes fail in landmark tournaments. This happened to Spain at the World Cup. We should also note that from time to time new forces emerge in any sport. This is about basketball and Latvia. The national team is good, but it has a long way to go, and in the meantime, here and now we expect a quiet victory of the hosts on class with a bias for revenge for the last World Cup. Bet on Handicap 1(-14.5) for 1.95.

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