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Basketball | Friday, August 25, 2023 12:11 PM (Revised at: Friday, August 25, 2023 2:56 PM)

Canada vs France Bet Builder Tips: 3 Selections for the Clash of 2 Powerhouses

Canada vs France Bet Builder Tips: 3 Selections for the Clash of 2 Powerhouses
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The most interesting matchup of the first day of the FIBA World Cup is definitely between Canada and France. Two of the favourites to win it all are in the same group, and this game will be very important for the second phase. Who wins will probably have an easier bracket, so both teams should try their best.

Bet Builder Odds: 2.35

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Canada vs France Stats and Facts

  • In the preparation games, Canada went over 163.5 points line in all 5 preparation games. They play up-tempo, and should probably do that against France to exploit Gobert.
  • In a faster pace, France’s offense which is far from perfect should have easier scoring opportunities.
  • France plays drop defence with Gobert, Shai should have a huge game

Canada vs France Bet Builder Tips: Expect a High-Scoring Game

Over 163.5 Points

Canada likes to play at a faster pace, and today’s opponent is a team against which it should be a must. Attacking Gobert and Batum in the halfcourt would be tough, so Shai will probably push the pace like he does in Oklahoma City Thunder.

Also, Canada will probably give Kelly Olynik more minutes so he can exploit Gobert and draw him out of the paint.

Kelly Olynik 10+ Points

Rudy Gobert is France’s best defender, but there is a way to exploit that. His paint presence is so important and he holds France’s defense by himself. Canada got Kelly Olynik as a big who got a solid three-point shot.

It wouldn’t be weird to see some small ball lineups with Olynik at five, but even without many minutes with that kind of lineup, having pick and pop player at the power forward position can also help Canada get to the rim or open three.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 3+ Assists

Shai Gilgeous Alexander will have a playmaker role in this team. There is no Jamal Murray, so huge usage will be on Shai. He is a solid passer and will have the ball in his hands so much that this number seems like something he should hit easily. France probably won’t play drop pick-and-roll defence for the whole game, and also Shai will have a pick-and-pop option with Olynik.

As France’s guards won’t be able to defend Shai in the single coverage, we will probably see help defence on Shai’s drives, so he will have a kick-out assist opportunity.


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