Serbia vs South Sudan Bet Builder Tips: Serbia to Finish Atop Group B
Serbia vs South Sudan Bet Builder Tips, OPTA Stats, Player Props: Wednesday, August 30th
The Last game in the group stage of the FIBA World Cup for Serbia will be against South Sudan. Serbia is currently perfect with two convincing victories against Puerto Rico and China. Serbia is surely in the second phase, but they still have to win to have a better score in the 2nd phase.
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Serbia vs South Sudan stats and facts
- Serbia steamrolled China and Puerto Rico, leading by 21 and 30 at halftime.
- South Sudan managed to lose against Puerto Rico in overtime after leading by 12 points in the third quarter
- South Sudan’s offence is very dependent on Carlik Jones, and Serbia should capitalize on that.
Serbia vs South Sudan bet builder Tips: Another high-scoring game by Serbia
Serbia over 86.5 points
Serbia scored 94 points against Puerto Rico, and 105 against China. Their offense is efficient and they score with ease against weaker defenses. They shot over 64% for two against both China and Puerto Rico.
There were some struggles in the second half against Puerto Ricans, but it was because they played without the intensity they had in the first half. Also, Serbia is aggressive, looking for free throws, averaging 24.5 free throw attempts per game. South Sudan has issues with committing fouls, allowing Puerto Rico to shoot 31 times from the free-throw line.
Serbia went over this total point line in every preparation and World Cup game, and that should be also the case against South Sudan.
Carlik Jones under 19.5 points
Carlik’s line is inflated because of two fantastic performances against Puerto Rico and China. But Serbia is a much better defence. The main goal of Serbian coach Svetislav Pesic is to shut down the opponent’s first scoring option by trapping and blitzing.
They did that against Kyle Anderson from China and Tremont Waters from Puerto Rico. Kyle was pointless, while Tremont ended with just 9 points. Carlik doesn’t have the off-ball game, so if Serbia focuses him hard, he will have a tough time.
A blowout could also happen, and South Sudan will need Jones to fight for the Olympic spot as the best African team in the classifications, so they will probably rest him if they start losing by a huge margin straight away.
Serbia -5.5 Handicap in the First Half
Serbia should look to win the game already in the first half and rest their stars for the second phase. The matchups for better South Sudanese players are tough: Wenyen Gabriel will go against Milutinov, a top Euroleague defender, while Carlik Jones will be schemed out.
Serbia won the first half against China and Puerto Rico in convincing fashion: by 21 and 30 points. Aleksa Avramovic and Petrusev could be back after injuries which would widen Serbia’s rotation.