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Finland vs Australia FIBA World Cup betting preview & picks | Friday, 25/8/23

Finland vs Australia

FIBA Betting Odds & Game Info

When Friday, August 25 – 5:00pm JST
Where Okinawa Arena, Japan

Finland vs Australia FIBA World Cup picks

Australia -10.5


Under 168.5 total points


Parlay: Australia -10.5 / Under 168.5 / Josh Giddey 15+ Points


Finland vs Australia FIBA World Cup match preview

The highly anticipated FIBA Basketball World Cup tips off on Friday, August 25th, with an exciting clash between the Australian Boomers and Finland. The Boomers, ranked #3 by FIBA, are poised to make a strong statement in their opening game. Let’s break down the matchup and explore some valuable betting insights that favor the Australian squad.

Australia’s impressive fourth-place finish in the 2019 World Cup and subsequent bronze medal at the Olympics are proof positive of their basketball prowess. The Boomers have a strong roster that is ready to compete on a global scale under the leadership of rising star Josh Giddey from the OKC Thunder. Giddey’s experience against the NBA‘s finest players positions him as a key asset in driving Australia’s offence.

While the Boomers faced some challenges during warmup games, including a surprising loss to Brazil, they rebounded with a convincing victory over gold medal contender France. Their diverse skill set and international experience make them a force to be reckoned with.

On the other side, Finland, ranked #24 by FIBA, enters the tournament as a relatively new contender. This marks only their second appearance in the World Cup, with their previous showing in 2014 ending in a 22nd-place finish. One of their strongest assets is 7’0″ power forward Lauri Markkanen, an NBA All-Star who showcased his prowess with impressive averages of 26 points and nine rebounds in the NBA.

Finland’s warmup games saw mixed results, including wins against strong teams like Lithuania. However, they encountered a setback against Latvia, although it’s worth noting that Markkanen was rested during that game.

Finland vs Australia FIBA betting predictions

The Boomers’ exceptional quality and experience are likely to shine through against Finland. With a roster that’s tailor-made to counter Finland’s strengths, Australia should secure a comfortable win by 10.5 points in their opening group stage match, with top basketball betting sites offering -104.17.

While both teams have the potential to score, the pace of the game and the defensive efforts are likely to keep the total points under 169 with -103.09 on offer.
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