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The first quarter-final game of the day tips off with a matchup between two rising European nations, Germany and Latvia! The Germans went undefeated through their prior five games and are coming off of a 29-point drubbing of Slovenia in the previous round. Latvia, World Cup debutants, have lost just one game in the tournament and enter off the back of a 20-point win over Brazil.
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|Germany||-8.5 (112) |
|O 170.0 (-108) |
|Latvia||+8.5 (-108) |
|U 170.0 (-112) |
Our Pick: Total Over 170.0 (-108)
Two teams in the top ten in scoring through the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Latvia and Germany, are guaranteed to get up and down the court. Excellent from range and in the paint, scoring won't be an issue for either side.
|Gordie Herbert||Head Coach||Luca Banchi|
|Won 5||Form||Won 2|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Schroder (19.8)||PPG||D. Bertans (14.0)|
|M. Wagner (6.0)||RPG||R. Kurucs (6.2)|
|D. Schroder (6.8)||APG||A. Zagars (5.6)|
|J. Voigtmann (1.4)||SPG||A. Grazulis (1.6)|
|D. Theis (1.0)||BPG||A. Grazulis (1.2)|
|D. Theis (.615)/D. Schroder (6.8)||FG%/FGM||A. Pasecniks (.625)/A. Grazulis (.560)|
|M. Lo (.448)/M. Lo (2.6)||3P%/3PM||D. Bertans (.727)/D. Bertans (4.0)|
Germany is undefeated in five games at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, defeating some of the tournament's most competitive teams. Their offensive variety has been on full display, winning by 20 or more points in three of their last five games.
They've continued their dominant streak in their last game by taking down Slovenia. In their 29-point dismantling of Slovenia, the Germans shot 54.7% from the field while holding their opponents to 41.0% from the floor and 21.9% from three-point range.
Germany has shown the ability to limit teams from range, and they'll face their most challenging task against the top three-point shooting team in Latvia. Expect Germany to have the advantage at the rim, but their defensive performance will determine the outcome.
Germany is the sixth-best scoring team in the tournament, averaging 93.4 points per game on 52.4% from the field and 39.1% from three-point range. They are second in two-point field goals with 21.8 per game on 65.3% efficiency. They also average 12.6 threes per game on 39.1% efficiency - making them one of the tournament's best inside-outside threats.
They've been led by NBA points guard Dennis Schroder, who leads the team in scoring and assists with 19.8 points and 6.8 assists per game. Their frontcourt of Moritz Wagner and Daniel Theis has combined for 24.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. After suffering an injury in their first match, Franz Wagner is a game-time decision for their quarter-final match against Latvia.
Germany has been dominant through their tournament run, even after losing a key player to injury. Their offense is versatile and should give Latvia's defense issues, but they'll need to limit their opponents from three-point range.
In their first appearance at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Latvia set quite the standard for themselves. With a 4-1 record through the first and second rounds, Latvia enter the quarter-finals with their sole loss against tournament favorites Canada.
Latvia are coming off a 20-point victory over Brazil in their last match. They were in excellent rhythm from a three-point range, hitting 16 threes on 48.3% efficiency. Despite losing the rebounding battle by ten, Latvia's offense was enough to overcome their opponents. Their top performer was forward Andrejs Grazulis, who posted 24 points and five assists on 73.3% shooting from the floor.
Finding success from their three-point shooting, don't expect Latvia's pace of play to slow down against Germany. They've been less successful against teams with solid interior presences, so they must compete against Germany's capable frontcourt while maintaining their offensive form.
One of the most surprising teams of the tournament, Latvia, has competed with some of the best in the world even without their star player, Kristaps Porzingis. They average 90.0 points per game on 51.6% efficiency from the floor and 40.2% from three-point range.
Latvia was dealt a blow when Dairis Bertans' World Cup run was ended due to injury, but the squad was undeterred. Andrejs Grazulis and Rolands Smits have combined for 26.8 points per game to compensate for the absence of Bertans. The younger Bertans brother, Davis, leads the sharpshooting Latvia in threes with 3.0 per game.
Germany has looked like a serious competitor for the FIBA World Cup behind their tremendous offensive efficiency and versatility. Not only do Latvia need to maintain their red-hot shooting form, but they need to limit Germany on the defensive end. How competitive they are in the paint will determine their chances of success.
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