Latvia resumes magical run

Latvia resumes magical run

Latvia goes against Italy for the last time in the World Cup, as they eye to continue their magical run, by winning the 5-8 classification bracket. These two teams are already eliminated from the World Cup, but they are not a disappointing teams. In fact, both Italy and Latvia were able to exceed expectations of them in the contest. Unfortunately, Latvia narrowly lost to Germany, 81-97, which could have been historic for them. As for Italy, they went against USA, and lost with a huge margin, 100-63, which is not surprising considering USA’s talent. Although they failed to advance, Latvia and Italy still wants to win here to improve FIBA rankings. This meeting is on September 7, 2023, at 4:45 PM (GMT+8).

Latvia

FIBA World Cup: Latvia
Photo courtesy of FIBA

Latvia is one of the most impressive teams in the World Cup, exceeding all expectations of them. They had a Cinderella run in the tournament, reaching greater heights in the contest. It is just unfortunate that they failed to continue that run, after they were defeated by Germany in the quarterfinals. They had their chances in that match, as it was just a close game, not until the German scored late in the game. In fact, although they failed to qualify for the semis, they were able to prove themselves in the World Cup. Latvia were able to defeat Spain, Brazil, and France, who are one of the most dominating teams in the World Cup. Moreover, although they are without Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia were able to prove how capable they are as a team.

Davis Bertans will lead Latvia in their campaign, and he is also expected to be a problem for the Italian defense. In their campaign, he averaged 13.7 points per game, and has hit double figures in every game except against Canada.

Italy

FIBA World Cup: Italy
Photo courtesy of FIBA

Italy on the other hand is also one of the teams who were able to exceed what is expected of them in the World Cup. However, during the quarterfinals, they suffered a heartbreaking loss against the mighty USA squad. Although this is not surprising, it is just disappointing that it was a huge loss for them, 100-63. Fortunately, since they were able to have an extra day off compared to their opponent, they have a higher morale here. Since they are a rested team, Italy could have a confidence here, as they are an eager team that could make big shots for them. A big shooting night for Italy could work for their advantage here. In their campaign, they are 4-2 in their campaign, and are hoping to add to their wins, to erase their bitterness on their last match.

Italy will rely on Simone Fontecchio, as he is averaging 18.3 points per game. In fact, 15th in the World Cup when it comes to point percentage, which Italy will take advantage of. Additionally, during their biggest win in the contest against Serbia, he was able to score 30 points.

Prediction:

Italy
Total Under: 84.5
Odds: 0.90

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