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The FIBA World Cup is about to enter its second phase and Canada have been the most impressive team of the tournament so far. The Maple Leafs romped through 3 easy wins. However, they don’t have much experience deep in big tournaments so will that be an issue? Brazil on the other hand are missing their star playmaker and yet they have a team that can hurt anyone if others get hot. Both teams have reasons to feel confident and yet only one of them will win.
- Date & Time: Friday, September 01, 2023, 02:30 p.m. GMT
- Venue: Indonesia Arena – Jakarta, Indonesia
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Canada vs Brazil basketball predictions
- 1 Canada vs Brazil basketball predictions
- 2 Canada vs Brazil preview – Will Neto be available?
- 3 Canada vs Brazil where to watch on TV/live stream
Can Canada’s dominance continue? Will the spirited Brazilians find a way to cause an upset? Here are our Canada vs Brazil basketball predictions.
Prediction 1: Bruno Caboclo over 14.5 points @ 3/5 (1.60)
With our first prediction, we back Venezia’s power forward Bruno Caboclo to score at least 15 points. Having NBA experience helps Caboclo to play with confidence and in the group stage he averaged 14.3 points and 8.7 rebounds. He shot over 68% from 2Pts too.
Caboclo went over 14.5 points twice in 3 games and now with his team needing his scoring even more as the opponents get tougher, we can see him doing that again.
Prediction 2: Canada under 104.5 total points @ 1/2 (1.50)
Our second Canada vs Brazil prediction is that on all their talent in attack, Canada won’t be able to score more than 104 points in this match. The Canadians did that only once in the group stage, but that was against the very weak Lebanon side.
Brazil might not have great scorers but they play solid defence and they are yet to concede more than 96 points. Even the defending world champions Spain couldn’t get to 100 points against them.
Canada vs Brazil preview – Will Neto be available?
Now let’s look at the latest Canada vs Brazil team news.
Canada news, injuries, and starting lineups
Canada were the best team in North America during the qualifiers where they won 11 out of 12 games. The Canadians are yet to achieve anything major in big tournaments though. They are yet to prove themselves on the big stage. Their best finish so far at a World Cup has been 6th place.
Their main star of this World Cup is the debutant Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Together with RJ Barrett and Kelly Olynyk, he is scoring the bulk of the points for the Maple Leafs.
The Canadians certainly looked like medal contenders in their first 3 matches as they achieved sounding wins. First trashed France 95-65 and then as was expected beat the modest team of Lebanon 128-73. After that, in a direct battle for the top spot in the group, they humiliated Latvia 101-75. The Maple Leafs looked impressive at both ends of the floor in those matches. Dillon Brooks is an early candidate for Best Defender of the Tournament.
Canada injury report:
- No injuries to report ahead of the game and everyone in the 12-man roster seems to be in good health.
Canada starting lineup:
D. Powell, K. Olynyk, Z. Edey, D. Brooks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Brazil news, injuries, and starting lineups
Led by the former NBA players Raul Neto and Bruno Caboclo Brazil scored 100 points in their first game to beat Iran 100-59. Caboclo had 16 points and 7 rebounds in that match, while Brazil as a team shot 41.4% from beyond the arc – 14 out of 34.
The Brazilians then missed the injured Neto against defending champions Spain and that’s why they lost 78-96. An easy win vs Ivory Coast followed though, so Brazil progressed without too much fuss and as expected finished behind the mighty Spanish.
Yago Dos Santos has been the bright spark of the team so far. With Neto missing 2 of the matches Dos Santos took on more responsibility and he is averaging 17.3 points and 7.3 assists so far this tournament. However, now the going gets tougher experienced ex-NBA star Bruno Caboclo is expected to get more engaged. Caboclo shot 68.4% from 2Pts in the group stage and he is a beast inside the paint.
Brazil injury report:
- Raul Neto – replaced with a head injury in the Iran game. Listed as probable, which suggests he is likely to play.
Brazil starting lineup:
T. Soares, L. Meindl, B. Caboclo, Y. Dos Santos, R. Neto
Canada vs Brazil where to watch on TV/live stream
The only way to watch any match at the FIBA World Cup in the UK is via the streaming service FIBA Courtside 1891. Meanwhile, the USA and Australia will both broadcast the tournament on their respective ESPN channels.
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