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The two finalists of the 2023 FIBA World Cup are Germany and Serbia. Both European nations entered their semifinals against the USA and Canada as outsiders and yet their team spirit and hard play saw them defy the odds. Now Germany and Serbia are about to face each other for a Thrilla in Manila and the right to be named World Champions. Who will grab the gold? Can Germany remain undefeated? Will Serbia’s transition attack keep bringing them positive outcomes?
- Date & Time: Wednesday, September 06, 2023, 01:40 p.m. GMT
- Venue: Mall of Asia Arena – Manila, Philippines
Germany vs Serbia basketball predictions
- 1 Germany vs Serbia basketball predictions
- 2 Germany vs Serbia preview – can somebody stop the German machine?
- 3 Where to watch Germany vs Serbia on TV/live stream
This clash promises to be exciting as it should be for a World Cup final. Both teams have their reasons to feel confident. Who will prevail? Here are our Germany vs Serbia basketball predictions:
Prediction 1: Germany to win @ 4/5 (1.80)
Our first free betting tips back the Germans to remain undefeated and win their first-ever World Cup title in their first-ever World Cup final appearance. There is a reason why Germany reached the final without losing a match. All of their displays so far had been excellent and even when one player was not playing well another was stepping up.
In their semifinal win vs Team USA there were 6 Germans in double digits and the depth of the squad is by far the best in this tournament.
The fact that both in the quarterfinal and the semifinal Germany won by 2 points also shows that they have the composure and character to find a way to triumph in close matches.
All of the above makes us back Germany for the title.
Prediction 2: Nikola Milutinov under 13.5 points @ 17/20 (1.85)
Our other pick looks at Serbia’s starting centre Nikola Milutinov. The big man is likely to be the best rebounder of the tournament. However, he will be fighting 2-3 big German players inside the paint in this final so his scoring chances are likely to be restricted. This is why we don’t think Milutinov will score more than 13 points in the final.
Milutinov is averaging 13.6 points per game this World Cup. However, in the two matches in which he faced similar size opponents, just what the Germans have too, he scored only 12 and 9 points. This comes to show that when challenged well inside the paint Milutinov is not so efficient. With Germany the best team of the tournament in regards to protecting their own paint we don’t think Milutinov will have a high-scoring final.
Germany vs Serbia preview – can somebody stop the German machine?
Now let’s take a closer look at the latest Germany vs Serbia team news ahead of their meeting in the gold-medal match at the 2023 FIBA World Cup:
Germany news, injuries, and starting lineups
Germany not only reached their first-ever World Cup final, their only previous medal from World Cups was a bronze in 2002, but they did that undefeated. To add extra gloss to it all Germany eliminated the big favourites Team USA in the semis 113-111, which broke a record as no other team have ever scored 113 points against the USA at a World Cup.
Dennis Schröder’s dagger was so tough 🔥 pic.twitter.com/4JZ0XxCTtp
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) September 8, 2023
The Germans have now won both their quarterfinal and their seminal by 2-point margins. They’ve scored 100 or more points in 4 of their last 5 games too. Germany also continue to have the stats regarding defensive rebounding, over 78%, and they play with the second-fastest pace. The only team pushing the tempo faster is their next opponent Serbia.
Germany injury report:
- No injury issues.
Germany starting lineup:
D. Schroder, F. Wagner, M. Wagner, J. Voigtmann, D. Theis
Serbia news, injuries, and starting lineups
Captain Bogdan Bogdanovic led Serbia with his 23 points in the semifinal vs Canada and the Serbs won 95-86. They led by as many as 20 in the first half and enjoyed serious dominance inside the paint.
Serbia reached yet another major finally despite missing their big star and current NBA Finals MVP Nikola Jokic. Thanks to solid defending and some very good transition basketball Serbia won 6 of their 7 matches with the only defeat so far vs Italy.
Serbia like to push the tempo and they score 26.4 points on fast breaks. However, they now face the team with the fewest turnovers and the best stats in terms of rebounding. As Serbia’s main weapons so far had been their transition attack and the offensive rebounding it will be curious which team will impose their will in those two areas.
Serbia injury report:
- Borisa Simanic (out of the tournament)
Serbia starting lineup:
S. Jovic, B. Bogdanovic, O. Dobric, N. Jovic, N. Milutinov
— NBA (@NBA) September 8, 2023
Germany vs Serbia head-to-head matchups
Serbia holds a 2-1 lead in the head-to-head with both Serbian wins coming in EuroBasket matches. Germany won the only previous match between the sides at a World Cup in 2010 in dramatic fashion – 82-81.
Where to watch Germany vs Serbia 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 Serbian fans can watch the game on Sport Klub and RTS.
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