Not making the medal round at the FIBA World Cup is difficult for those teams hoping to shine on the world stage. However, for some programs that are trying to build confidence and gain experience, losing in the quarterfinals isn’t so bad.
Reaching this round drops them into the consolation bracket, where they can play for fifth place.
Check out FIBA World Cup lines, analysis, and picks for quarterfinal matches and Classification Semifinals predictions. Getting a few extra games will help everyone out.
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Classification semi-finals: Thursday, September 7th, 2023
Lithuania vs. Slovenia
FIBA Odds: Lithuania -5.5 vs Slovenia +5.5 / Lithuania -232; Slovenia +186 / O/U 174
Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30 am ET | ESPN+
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The Slovenians put up a spirited fight against Canada in the quarterfinals but couldn’t overcome the Canadians’ depth in the lineup. Slovenia is led by Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, who has played an excellent tournament thus far. Doncic leads the tournament in scoring at 26.4 points per game but has struggled from the outside.
Doncic has only made 23.8 percent of his 3-point shots despite attempting an average of 8.4 per contest. Slovenia, as a whole, has had a hard time making 3-pointers. Despite being the ninth-highest scoring team in the competition, the Slovenians are just 21st in 3-point shooting. Serbia is 4-2 in the competition, with losses to Germany and Canada.
Lithuania, on the other hand, has been the best 3-point shooting team in the entire tournament. While the Lithuanians got beat up by Serbia in the quarterfinals, they still hold the top 3-point shooting percentage in the tournament by making 43.8 percent of their attempts. The Lithuanians also don’t have one player that needs to carry the load.
Jonas Valanciunas (13.2 points per game), Rokas Jokubaitis (12.8), and Ignas Brazdeikis (11.3) all average in double figures scoring. Valanciunas has also been excellent on the glass, leading the team by pulling down 8.3 rebounds per game. Lithuania was 5-0 in the competition before losing to Serbia.
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Italy vs. Latvia
FIBA Odds: Italy -1.5 vs Latvia +1.5 / Italy -123; Latvia -101 / O/U 167.5
Wednesday, September 6 at 2:45 am ET | ESPN+
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The Italians were squashed by 37 points by the United States in the quarterfinals. Italy is 4-2 in the competition, also dropping a game to the Dominican Republic. The Italians are led in scoring by Simone Fontecchio, who averages 18.3 points per game.
Stefano Trout (11.3) and Marco Spissu (10.8) also average in double figures scoring. Where Italy has struggled is figuring out ways to stretch the floor. The Italians only average 28.9 percent shooting from the 3-point line for the tournament. Italian earns an average of 16.8 trips to the free throw line per game.
Latvia is 4-2 in the competition, having taken losses to Germany and Canada. Artus Zagars has been a standout performance for Latvia, averaging 14.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Dairis Bertans and Davis Bertans support Zagars by averaging 14.0 and 13.7 points per game, respectively.
Lithuania is a solid shooting team. The Lithuanians shoot 50.4 percent from the field and knock down 39.9 percent of their 3-pointers. Lithuania averages 13.3 trips to the free-throw line per game.
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