USA continues their perfect run

USA continues their perfect run

USA are aiming to continue their perfect run from their preparation, as they meet New Zealand for the opener of their campaign in the World Cup. New Zealand on the other hand is a team who did not have a good preparation in the World Cup. USA‘s dominance in the World Cup is no longer surprising, considering the amount of talent they have. In fact, when it comes to the FIBA rankings, USA is actually at the second spot, which speaks about how skillful they are. As for New Zealand, they are at the 26th of the rankings, which is not a bad place for them. USA‘s biggest advantage here is their experience, as they qualified in all editions of the World Cup. Meanwhile, New Zealand is now on their seventh World Cup appearance, their third-straight. These two teams kick-off their campaign on August 26, 2023, at 8:40 PM (GMT+8).

USA

FIBA World Cup: USA
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USA had a perfect run in preparation for the World Cup, a record they want to retain for the start of their campaign in the World Cup. They played five tune-up games as they prepare, winning against Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Spain, Greece, and Germany. For this edition of the World Cup, USA had a revamp, and started to use their young guns for the World Cup. USA is probably one of the most successful, if not the most successful squad in the World Cup history. In fact, they are the champions during the 2010, and 2014 editions of the World Cup. However, during the 2019 edition, they failed to defend their title, and recorded their worst finish, being at the seventh. As they renew their campaign in the World Cup, they have one goal in mind- to reclaim their title as the World Cup champions. Many underestimated this squad, but they cannot deny the talent this squad possess.

Bobby Portis is the most experienced player in the USA squad, but expect Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Haliburton, and Jaren Jackson to be dominant here. Additionally, this young squad are eager to prove themselves, especially the likes of Austin Reaves.

New Zealand

FIBA World Cup: New Zealand
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New Zealand on the other hand are not doing well when it comes to their preparations in the World Cup, where they played six tune-up games. From those matches, they only won twice, against Japan, and Shenzhen. Moreover, their loss is from Japan, China, Italy, and Canada, where they faced Japan twice. When it comes to their World Cup appearance, this is already their fourth-straight appearance in the World Cup. New Zealand’s best finish in the World Cup was recorded in 2022, where they finished as the fourth. However, since then, New Zealand failed to make an impact in the World Cup, which made them hungry to have a good start here. They are going against one of the best teams in the world, but they should not let themselves be intimidated.

It is unfortunate that New Zealand will be without Tai and Corey Webster in their World Cup campaign, as the brothers withdrew for personal reasons. With that, Finn Delany, and Yani Wetzell are two of the most expected to lead New Zealand.

Prediction:

USA
Total Under: 75.5
Odds: 0.85

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