Canada boost with confidence

Canada boost with confidence

Canada is confident starting their World Cup campaign as they open their campaign against France, being one of the favorites this season. In fact, these two squads are two of the most favorites to win the World Cup this season. When it comes to the strength of their squads, it is obvious that it was Canada who holds the advantage. However, when it comes to their rankings in FIBA, it is France who seems to be in a better place. France is sitting at the fifth of the FIBA rankings, while Canada is placed at the 15th, 10 places apart. Canada is now on their 15th appearance in the World Cup, just missing four appearances, which speaks about their talent. On the other hand, France is now on their ninth appearance in the contest, but during the last two World Cups, they bagged the bronze. This match is on August 25, 2023, at 9:30 PM (GMT+8).

Canada

FIBA World Cup: Canada
Photo courtesy of Canada Basketball

Canada is one of the favorites to win the World Cup, following the strength of their lineup in this edition. When it comes to experience, Canada holds a huge advantage, as they barely miss a spot in the World Cup. As a preparation for the World Cup, Canada have played five tune-up games, but managed to win only three matches. Their last tune-up game is against the Dominican Republic, where they suffered a 94-88 loss. That match against Dominican Republic showed the areas where Canada needs improvement as a whole. Moreover, one of the number one problem for Canada is the fact that there is an imbalance between their first and second five. Additionally, when it comes to their offense, Canada does not have a problem, following the talents they have. However, it seems like defense is a huge problem for Canada, an area they need to improve.

It is unfortunate that Canada will be without Jamal Murray, as he is out due to an injury. Fortunately though, they still have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who will likely lead the Canadian squad. Aside from him, they also have Kelly Olynik, RJ Barrett, Lu Dort, Dillon Books, and Dwight Powell, who are all capable to produce points.

France

FIB World Cup: France
Photo courtesy of FIBA

France has a very good momentum coming into this game, as they were able to dominate their friendly matches. In fact, they had a six-game winning run in their tune-up games, not until Australia defeated them. Fortunately, they were able to win their match against Lithuania, which is a huge boost for their self confidence. A win in their opener is very important, as it would mean a lot for their chances for the next round. Since they are going against the Canadian squad, it seems like France has a slight advantage, as they they won all their match against Canada in the World Cup. Additionally, they are actually doing fine in the World Cup, winning the bronze in the last two seasons. As they renew their campaign in the World Cup, they are aiming for a better finish this time around.

Evan Fournier, and Rudy Gobert will be leading the French squad, as France sent their best squad yet for the World Cup. They are full of athletic guys, so going past through their defense will surely be challenging for their opponents.

Prediction:

France
Total Under: 83.5
Odds: 0.81

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