Greece to advance to the next round

Greece to advance to the next round

Greece and New Zealand are two teams aiming for their spots in the next round, making this meeting crucial for them. These two teams are next to each other when it comes to the group standings, but both are eyeing for the next round. Greece is at the second, while New Zealand is on the third, both with one win and one loss. A win in this match is crucial for Greece and New Zealand, as it will help them secure their spots for the next round. Although in the past, Greece plays better as opposed to New Zealand, their eagerness might play a big role here. This decider match is on August 30, 2023, at 8:40 PM (GMT+8).

Greece

FIBA World Cup: Greece
Photo courtesy of FIBA

Greece has struggled in both games at the World Cup, losing to Jordan in the first round and the United States in the second round. The team’s weaker results are attributed to a large number of absences, with only Nikos Rogkavopoulos scoring consistently from distance. Thomas Walkup and Giannoulis Larentzakis did shoot well against Jordan, but not often. Georgios Papagiannis, the most important player in Dimitris Itoudis’ team, scored 17 points against the United States. However, despite his leadership, they were not able to contain the might of the USA squad. They had a 27-point loss against USA, as they allowed the duo of Austin Reaves, and Anthony Edwards to explode. Now, Greece needs a win to advance, and they must limit New Zealand’s open shots to qualify for the second stage.

From the players that participated in the World Cup, only Dinos Mitoglou is a doubt, following his hand injury. However, things could have been easier for Greece if they have their main guys with them, like Giannis Antetokounmpo.

New Zealand

FIBA World Cup: New Zealand
Photo courtesy of FIBA

New Zealand faced a dramatic game against Jordan, losing by 95:87. They had a five-point lead with 25 seconds left, but Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s baskets sent the game into overtime. New Zealand made 13/25 three-pointers in the last game, which they plan to use to outplay Greece. Izayah Le’Afa, Jordan Ngatai, and Finn Delany scored 10 times from downtown, and Yanni Wetzell has made significant progress for Alba Berlin. New Zealand has made a solid impression against the United States, showing discipline and good shot selection. However, despite showing discipline on that match, US still dominated the match. In fact, in ended in a 25-point lead for USA, but it is surprising to see the improvements New Zealand made. If they stay disciplined and serve well, anything is possible.

Unfortunately, they will be without Webster brothers and Steven Adams, who could have played a huge role for New Zealand.

Prediction:

Greece
Total Under: 85.5
Odds: 0.91

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