FIBA World Cup Predictions: Dominican Republic – Philippines (25-08-2023)
The FIBA World Cup 2023 is just around the corner, and we start our predictions with the Dominican Republic and the Philippines.
The game will take place in the capital city of Manila, and it’s no secret that this year’s basketball is highly anticipated here, with tickets for this clash having sold out just 2 weeks before the game.
|🏀 Dominican Republic – Philippines: over 172 points @ 1.90|
When analysing this matchup, it is worth pointing out that we will see one of the world’s best offensive guards on the court. American Dominic Karl-Anthony Towns will wear the Dominican Republic jersey for the first time in his career.
Although he has never played for the national team before, this decision is undoubtedly a huge step forward in the country’s basketball history.
With the addition of this athlete, the team gets a player on the court who will easily average 20-25 points per game, which is very high by FIBA standards.
Another strong factor in this bet is the Filipino Jordan Clarkson who is playing in the NBA. He is a classic, incredible attacking defender who is only on the court to score points.
Although Clarkson has played “only” a few games for his national team in the preparatory cycle. On average, he has scored more than 25 points, which shows that he is very serious about his scoring machine.
Both players described above have one thing in common: they are only on the court for offense. This means, first of all, that both teams will be focused on offense.
Secondly, they will not be used to playing together on defence. In international basketball, strong organisation is important in defence, and in this situation, both teams will not have that at this stage of the tournament, and this reason will easily create all the necessary opportunities for a big score.
With two NBA stars in the game, it is very logical that the offensive tempo of both teams will increase.
It is no secret that the world’s strongest league plays at a really fast pace, and we will definitely see that on both sides of the court.
The Dominican Republic has already shown that it is willing to play fast-paced and attacking basketball, while the Philippines is traditionally comfortable in high-tempo games.
In my professional judgment, the betting line is 173,5/174 on the total score.
This FIBA World Cup 2023 prediction is for guidance only and we are not responsible for your bets.