Although 24 teams entered EuroBasket 2013 with the goal of being declared the best squad in Europe, only two remain in contention for the prestigious title. France and Lithuania will battle in the tournament's final game on Sunday to decide the champion.
France got to this stage thanks to an epic win over two-time defending champion Spain. Tony Parker scored 32 points in the overtime victory.
These two teams will now meet in what is certain to be a memorable championship game. Here is everything you need to know about the final contest of EuroBasket 2013.
When: Sunday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. local time
Where: Arena Stozice, Ljubljana, Slovenia
TV: Replay on NBATV on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. ET
Spread (via Oddschecker.com): France -2
Top Storyline: Was Lithuania's Early Win over France a Fluke?
These teams already played each other in this tournament, with Lithuania coming away with a 76-62 win in the group stage. The team will now have to prove that this was not a fluke.
France clearly has the more notable roster with a number of NBA players making big impacts. However, Lithuania was excellent defensively in the win, especially against Tony Parker. The point guard was held to only 11 points and one assist while struggling to get the offense going.
This was Parker's second-lowest-scoring output in 10 games at the tournament.
Additionally, Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw only managed to go 6-for-20 combined from the floor. This is not a good recipe for success.
In this game, France has to get the ball to its playmakers. Parker has to do a better job of getting into the lane and then either shooting or distributing the ball to open teammates.
Lithuania did a great job of preventing this from happening the last time these teams met, but it will be a challenge to do it again.
Prediction: France 78, Lithuania 72
The loss to Lithuania was France's worst offensive performance of the tournament. Whether it was a slump or just a bad shooting night, it is hard to imagine this happening again.
Parker proved in the win over Spain that he is capable of taking over a game himself if he needs to, and this could lead to trouble for his next opponent. While Jonas Valanciunas has been playing great interior defense for Lithuania, he will have a hard time in this matchup.
Unless Lithuania gets hot from three, France should be able to win its first-ever European championship in basketball.
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