Slovenia to take different approach

Slovenia to take different approach

Slovenia is looking to take a new path as they face Canada for their quarterfinals match, as they aim for a spot in the semi-finals. Considering the level of talent Canada has, Slovenia might take a different approach when they face them. However, other than Doncic and Tobey, other members of their squad needs to step-up as well, to improve their chances. As for Canada, they are very capable in going all the way to the finals. In fact, they are a team with a perfect record, which just gives them a very good momentum. Additionally, Canada is looking to make use of the talent their team has, which will surely work for their advantage. This meeting is on September 6, 2023, at 8:30 PM (GMT+8).


FIBA World Cup: Slovenia
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Slovenia, despite facing numerous injury issues, has emerged from the first group with a 3-0 record and a 3-0 win over Australia. However, a 100:71 loss to Germany revealed weaknesses in their game. Luka Doncic’s role is crucial as he is responsible for offense, leading most plays from the pick’n’pop between him and Mike Tobey. This allows for space for three-point shots, which players like Aleksej Nikolic, Klemen Prepelic, Jaka Blazic, and Zoran Dragic exploit. Slovenia’s success depends on their good three-point shooting, which is essential for threatening Canada. Doncic needs an MVP game with 30+ points to perform at his best, and the entire team must play better defensively than they realistically can.

Due to injuries, Edo Muric and Vlatko Cancar remains to be unavailable for Slovenia, which is just bad for them. Fortunately, they have Luka Doncic who continues to lead their squad.


FIBA World Cup: Canada
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Canada has experienced a challenging tournament, losing to Brazil in the second round and ultimately triumphing over Spain in the final. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dillon Brooks, RJ Barrett, and Kelly Olynyk contributed to Canada’s success, with Gilgeous-Alexander scoring 30 points and Brooks contributing 22 points (3/3 from three-point range). The team also had RJ Barrett contributing 16 points and Kelly Olynyk hitting two crucial three-pointers. Canada has qualified for the Olympic Games in Paris and is now aiming to win a medal in a relaxed manner. With defenders like Brooks and Dort, Canada can slow down Luke Doncic and respond to Mike Tobey’s long-range threat. As the saying goes, “it’s Canada’s game to lose if they can.”

Jamal Murray, and Andrew Wiggins are also unavailable for Canada. However, Canada are unfortunate that they were able to be a dominating squad despite being without the two.


Total Under: 92.5
Odds: 0.84

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