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Basketball | Thursday, September 7, 2023 10:18 AM (Revised at: Thursday, September 7, 2023 12:19 PM)

Serbia vs Canada Bet Builder Tips: Best Bets For Friday’s Semi-Final

Serbia vs Canada Bet Builder Tips: Best Bets For Friday’s Semi-Final
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Serbia vs Canada Bet Builder Tips, Opta Stats, Player Props

Serbia and Canada meet in the semi-final of the FIBA World Cup on Friday morning, so our expert Sam Cox has taken the time to put together some Serbia vs Canada bet builder tips.

Canada have already confirmed their best ever World Cup placing, and are favoured by 4.5 points for this contest. Silver medallists in 2014 and fifth-placed four years ago, Serbia are looking to confirm yet another medal finish despite failing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

The winner of this game will face the USA or Germany in Sunday’s final. For more expert basketball tips, visit the Expert Insights.

Bet Builder odds: 5.25

FIBA WC, 8th September, 09:45 (UK)

Odds via Bet365 as at 09:00, 7th September 2023. Odds may now differ.

Serbia vs Canada Stats and Facts:

  • Only the USA average more points per game than Serbia’s mark of 98.2.
  • Serbia’s assist to turnover ratio of 2.8 is the best in the World Cup so far.
  • Canada guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has scored the second most points in the tournament (150).
  • Serbia guard Stefan Jovic has recorded the most assists (40) of any player remaining in the World Cup.

Luguentz Dort averages four fouls per game, which is the most of any player so far.

Serbia vs Canada Bet Builder Tips: Canadians To Continue Run

Canada moneyline

Italy are the only team to beat Serbia since 24th February. Canada, though, are rightly favoured in this game and should be able to book their first ever World Cup appearance.

Jordi Fernandez’s team showed their mettle against Slovenia, with Dillon Brooks’ brand of physical, irritating defence proving impactful once again.
This is going to be a competitive game throughout, but we fancy Canada to execute better down the stretch with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dominating.

Under 175.5 points

With a place in the final at stake, look for this game to become a halfcourt battle, particularly in the second half. This will likely be played at a far slower pace than previous games in this tournament.

Serbia have seen the game total fall below this line in four of their six games in this tournament. Canada’s offence has ensured they have hit the over more often than not, but they will not be as efficient against this Serbia defence.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander over 37.5 points, rebounds and assists

This one feels like a no-brainer. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been the standout performer of the tournament thus far, averaging 25 points, 7.2 rebounds and five assists. While those averages come in just below this line, he has reached 45 and 41 points, rebounds and assists in his last two games.

Everything will go through Gilgeous-Alexander in the semi-final. Canada will not want to trust anyone else to run the offence. With Fernandez often running smaller line ups, Gilgeous-Alexander’s length and rebounding has also proved invaluable – he’s excelled on the boards, which will be needed in this matchup.


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