Italy a win away from next round

Italy a win away from next round

Italy are looking to get a win against the Philippines as they aim to seal their spots in the next round, as it is what they need. Philippines on the other hand is a team who has a little chance to qualify in the next round. A win in this match is enough for Italy to qualify in the next round, considering their results. Meanwhile, the Philippines has a long way to go for them to qualify in the next round. In the group standings, these two teams are separated by two places. Italy sits at the second of the group standings, earning one win and one loss. As for the Philippines, they are at the bottom of the standings, as they have yet to record a win here. The crucial meeting between these two teams is on August 29, 2023, at 8:00 PM (GMT+8).


FIBA World Cup: Italy
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Italy’s opening match against Angola was a resounding victory, but their defeat by the Dominican Republic was a surprise. The team struggled to stop the opposing team’s leaders, leading to tension and frustration. Coach Gianmarco Pozzecco was ejected from the game. Simone Fontecchio, the key player, needs support from his teammates to outplay the Philippines. Marco Spissu performed well against the Dominican Republic, but ultimately lost. As Italy is going against the Philippines, a home team, their biggest disadvantage here is the crowd. Fortunately for Italy, when it comes to momentum, they are the ones at the advantage. Nonetheless, they still need to go all-out here, or they will give the Philippines a chance for the next round.

Italy is fortunate that they are one of the teams who remains healthy and injury-free in their campaign. However, things could have been better for them if they have Gallinari, Mannion, Hackett, and Belinelli with them.


FIBA World Cup: Philippines
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The Philippines suffered a loss in their first game at the FIBA World Cup against the Dominican Republic, with Jordan Clarkson’s fifth personal foul causing the game to be turned in favor of their opponents. They also lost a match against Angola, despite having a double-digit lead. The Philippines heavily rely on Clarkson’s offense, which has not been effective against weaker opponents like Italy. They need backcourt contributions from Scottie Thompson, who has not lived up to expectations thus far. Additionally, their other guys like Jamie Malonzo and Dwight Ramos also need to provide them numbers. To advance in the next stage, the Philippines needs a stellar performance against Italy, a 12 point margin, and a win over Angola by the Dominican Republic.

Just like their opponents, the Philippines is a healthy squad coming into this match, which will certainly work for them. However, their guys also need to step-up, as they cannot rely alone to Jordan Clarkson.


Total Under: 89.5
Odds: 0.92

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