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The 19th FIBA World Cup is about to explode in terms of drama and the Dominican Republic vs Serbia is one of those essentially elimination matches we will witness. The Dominican Republic team led by the NBA All-Star Karl Anthony-Towns and the always aiming-at-the-medals Serbians sit 3-1 after both lost on Friday. This means that only the winner will progress through to the quarterfinals.
- Date & Time: Sunday, September 03, 2023, 01:00 p.m. GMT
- Venue: Mall of Asia Arena – Manila, Philippines
Dominican Republic vs Serbia basketball predictions
- 1 Dominican Republic vs Serbia basketball predictions
- 2 Dominican Republic vs Serbia preview – Will KAT be the difference-maker?
- 3 Dominican Republic vs Serbia where to watch on TV/live stream
With both teams playing very fast basketball the excitement is guaranteed. Here are our Dominican Republic vs Serbia basketball predictions.
Prediction 1: Nikola Jovic under 2.5 assists @ 3/5 (1.60)
Our first prediction is that the volume-shooter of the Serbians Nikola Jovic will focus on what he does best in this match and not share the ball much. Jovic is lethal from a distance when he gets hot. He leads all players with 52.9% from beyond the arc after 4 matches on 9 out of 17 shooting.
Jovic had 3 and 4 assists already this tournament and he is averaging 3.0 assists per game. However, now with Serbia’s chances on the line we think Jovic will focus on his best attribute which is shooting and this will affect his assists count.
Prediction 2: Over 169.5 total points @3/5 (1.60)
Our second Dominican Republic vs Serbia prediction is that there will be at least 170 points scored in the match. The Dominicans averaged 87 points per game over their first 4 matches. The Serbians average nearly 100. So, it’s obvious that both teams know how to score and even if they both stay slightly below their averages there should still be more than 169 points combined scored.
Dominican Republic vs Serbia preview – Will KAT be the difference-maker?
Now let’s look at the latest Dominican Republic vs Serbia team news.
Dominican Republic news, injuries, and starting lineups
The Dominicans enter their 3rd FIBA World Cup full of hope that they could better their 13th spot from 2014 and 16th from 2019 this time around. After snubbing the national team during several big tournaments the 6-time All-Star Karl Anthony-Towns is back in Dominican colours and he is leading an exciting roster.
The Dominicans already exceeded expectations as they won all of their 3 matches in the group phase and now look set for an almost certain best-ever World Cup finish. None of the matches was easy though and the Dominicans are yet to win by double digits.
A golden opportunity was missed to book a place in the quarterfinals when an avoidable 97-102 defeat was suffered at the start of the second phase. This means that now practically an elimination match comes with only a win vs the mighty Serbians sending KAT and his crew into the knockouts.
Dominican Republic injury report:
Dominican Republic starting lineup:
K-A. Towns, L. Quinones, V. Liz, A. Feliz & A. Delgado
Serbia news, injuries, and starting lineups
Serbia arrived at the World Cup without their biggest star, the most recent NBA champion and finals MVP Nikola Jokic. In addition to Jokic, Vasilije Micic, Vladimir Lucic, and Nikola Kalinic also mark significant absentees for this Serbian team, but despite all this, Serbia is still a team that can go far in this tournament.
After all, the ever-present Bogdan Bogdanovic is once again leading the team, this time as a captain. Serbia also has a few more quality players, especially Nikola Milutinov and young Heat forward Nikola Jovic. Serbia romped through an easy group with 3 consecutive wins. However, in their first serious test, the Serbs failed and lost 76-78 vs Italy.
This leaves them exposed now as only a win will take them through to the last 8. One thing the Serbians always have plenty of is fight and character, so there are no worries about their motivation or focus.
Serbia injury report:
- Borisa Simanic (out of the tournament)
- Aleksa Avramovic (questionable)
Serbia starting lineup:
S. Jovic, B. Bogdanovic, O. Dobric, N. Jovic, N. Milutinov
Dominican Republic vs Serbia where to watch on TV/live stream
If you live in the UK, all FIBA World Cup matches are available on FIBA’s streaming service Courtside 1891. Meanwhile, in the United States, the World Cup is shown on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
Serbian fans can watch the game on Sport Klub and RTS, while Italians can see their team on DAZN and Rai2.
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