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At the start of the second round of FIBA World Cup 2023, we will see a duel between Germany and Georgia. The Germans are looking to continue their unbeaten run at the tournament, while Georgia is hoping to pull off an upset. What can we expect from this duel? Keep reading to find out.
- Date & Time: Friday, September 1st, 2023, 9:30 a.m. GMT
- Venue: Okinawa Arena – Okinawa, Japan
Germany vs Georgia basketball predictions
- 1 Germany vs Georgia basketball predictions
- 2 Germany vs Georgia preview – can Georgia put up a fight?
- 3 Where to watch Germany vs Georgia on TV/live stream
This will be a bit of a David vs Goliath duel, with Georgia not given almost any chance to win this match. However, Georgia is far from a bad team and on a good day they could make this game interesting. So, let’s take a closer look at our Germany vs Georgia basketball predictions:
Prediction 1: Georgia to win with handicap (+17.5) @ 13/20 (1.65)
Germany is without a doubt one of the better teams in the world right now and one of the candidates to reach the final stages at FIBA World Cup. However, Georgia has a solid team with some good and experienced players and they have done relatively well for themselves in major competitions lately.
Of course, we don’t see Georgia winning the game, but we can see them avoiding a true blowout. At 13/20 odds, Georgia to lose by less than 18 points sounds like a good value for money bet. After all, in the four h2h duels between these two teams, the biggest win was +11 for Germany.
Prediction 2: Goga Bitadze over 10.5 total points @ 18/25 (1.72)
While Goga Bitadze never really proved himself in the NBA, he has been in the league for four seasons now and he is still only 24 years old, so we might have yet to see the best from him.
At this World Cup, Bitadze is Georgia’s best player if we Efficiency Per Game into account. The sturdy center is averaging 11 points per game and while Theis is a solid defensive player, Bitadze should be able to hit his average in this game. So, our prediction is for Goga Bitadze to score 11 or more points.
Germany vs Georgia preview – can Georgia put up a fight?
Now let’s take a closer look at the latest Germany vs Georgia team news ahead of their meeting in the second round at FIBA World Cup:
Germany news, injuries, and starting lineups
In the past, Germany relied on Dirk Nowitzki to get them their best results on the biggest stage, but it is safe to say that this is the best German basketball generation ever, even if this team’s best result is a bronze at Euros last year, while Germany does have both gold and silver at that competition from 1993 and 2005, respectively.
In any case, this team is filled with NBA talent, with Dennis Schroeder, Franz Wagner, Moe Wagner, and Daniel Theis all playing in the USA. On top of that, Germany’s roster is complemented by a few good players from Euroleague as well. That being said, Germany has been without Franz Wagner since the first game when he suffered an injury and he will likely miss out this game too.
Germany injury report:
- Franz Wagner (doubtful)
Germany starting lineup:
Dennis Schroder, Isaac Bonga, Andreas Obst, Johannes Voigtmann, Daniel Theis
Georgia news, injuries, and starting lineups
As you can imagine, Georgia was never a powerhouse in basketball, but this team has been a part of Euro Championships on a regular basis for a while and now they are playing in their first World Cup ever and doing well.
This Georgian team also has a couple of NBA players, Goga Bitadze and the new San Antonio Spur Sandro Mamukelashvili. However, it can be argued that the team’s best player is Tornike Shengelia, who has plenty of experience at some of the best European teams. Georgia enters the second stage with five points, after beating Venezuela and Cape Verde and losing to Slovenia.
Georgia injury report:
Georgia starting lineup:
Rati Andronikashvili, Thad McFadden, Duda Sanadze, Tornike Shengelia, Giorgi Shermadini
Germany vs Georgia head-to-head matchups
These two teams have met four times so far, with their last duel being back in 2018. In all four matches we saw the Germans win, usually by around ten points.
Where to watch Germany vs Georgia on TV/live stream
UK residents can watch all FIBA World Cup matches on FIBA’s streaming service Courtside 1891. On the other hand, you can watch this tournament on ESPN2 and ESPN+ in the United States.
Meanwhile, German fans can watch the game on MagentaTV or stream it on Magenta Sport service, while Georgia residents can see their team on the public channel called 1TV.
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