United States vs. Finland FIBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14
Finland (0-0) vs. United States (0-0)
FIBA Baketball: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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The United States and Finland will meet Saturday in their first game in the FIBA world cup.
Finland is far from the most talented team in the tournament but is guaranteed to play hard and has proved critics wrong in the past. In the 2011 and 2013 Eurobaskets, Finland found a way to advance out of the opening round and hopes some of that momentum can carry over to the FIBA world cup. Finland has its work cut out if it hopes to continue growing its passionate basketball culture. The only current NBA player Finland has on its roster is Erik Murphy of the Cleveland Cavaliers, somebody who played just 2.6 minutes per game as a rookie. Finland hoped to get a boost with veteran Drew Gooden, but he’s been declared ineligible for this tournament. Overall, Finland is a very raw team that lacks experience and true scoring threats. One player to watch, however, is Petteri Koponen, who has shown he’s capable of putting the ball in the hoop quite a bit when hot.
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It’s no secret the United States are the overwhelming favorites to win it all. Despite very little superstar power with the backout of Kevin Durant and Paul George getting hurt, USA is still loaded with young talent and depth. With guys such as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, this may be the best shooting team Mike Krzyzewski has ever coached in FIBA. The United States also has an extremely talented frontcourt with Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond and Kenneth Faried leading the way. The stars of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Durant may not be around this year, but this is still the best team on paper and has more than enough to get the job done against anybody.
This has your typical opening game blowout written all over it, as Finland doesn’t have enough depth or explosiveness to keep this game even remotely close. Expect a win by 40 or even 50 points.
Get this low line while you still can because it’s probably only going to increase.