Slovenia eyes strong Olympics run

Slovenia eyes strong Olympics run

Slovenia is looking to at least have a good momentum for the 2024 Olympics as they go against Lithuania for the Classification Round. Although these two teams are already eliminated from the World Cup, their journey to the Olympics does not end. Slovenia and Lithuania is hoping to at least have a good momentum for the Olympics. It is just unfortunate that they failed to qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup. Slovenia had a disappointing loss against Canada in the quarterfinals, which ended in 100-89 loss for them. As for Lithuania, they had a 87-68 loss against Serbia, which is unfortunate since Serbia is without their main man. Nonetheless, these two teams should not stop their aims of being one of the four teams to qualify in the Olympics. The meeting between these two teams is on September 7, 2023, at 8:30 PM (GMT+8).


FIBA World Cup: Slovenia
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Slovenia’s campaign in the World Cup ended in a disappointment, following their loss against Canada in the quarterfinals. A 100-89 loss against Canada ended all the title hopes for Slovenia, although they are one of the favorites to win the title. It was Luka Doncic who led Slovenia during that match, as he scored 26 points on 8-of-20 shooting for his team. However, it is unfortunate that he was ejected in the fourth quarter because of two technical fouls. That loss is Slovenia’s second straight loss in their campaign, after winning four straight games. What made that loss more unfortunate is the fact that it eliminated them from the World Cup campaign. However, Slovenia will be motivated by the fact they have yet to lose three straight games. Slovenia just needs to address their issues, especially the shooting percentage they allow.

Slovenia will continue to rely on Luka Doncic, who have the best scoring average in this World Cup campaign. He has 26.3 points per game, along with 6.8 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game, hoping to avoid loss here.


FIBA World Cup: Lithuania
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Lithuania is a team who shocked everyone with their win against USA, but they were not able to build confidence from it. They were not able to bring their game against USA when they met with Serbia in the quarterfinals. It was a 87-68 loss for Lithuania during the quarterfinals, which cost them to lose their spots for the semi-finals. While it is given that Jonas Valanciunas will produce numbers for Lithuania, another player who have been stepping up for them is Rokas Jokubaitis. When it comes to assist, you cannot underestimate him. In fact, he recorded the most assist by a Lithuanian player in a game with nine assists. Additionally, he is sitting a the third most assists by a Lithuanian player having 37 assists. Moreover, Lithuania is shooting just 42.9 percent from the field, and 32.1 percent beyond the arc. These are the areas they need to improve if they want to win this game.

Jonas Valanciunas remains to be the player who will lead Lithuania for this match. He is averaging 13.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 0.7 assists per game. Moreover, he is accurate when it comes to shooting beyond the arc, having an 80% shooting.


Total Odds: 84.5
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