Georgia vs. Netherlands Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 24, 2022 17:00 CET
Wednesday brings us six games as part of the main stage of the qualifiers for the FIBA World Cup 2023. In the first game of the day, Georgia and the Netherlands meet in Tbilisi Arena.
These qualifying matches will be the perfect prelude to the Eurobasket that starts next week. In addition, the national teams will be able to play together and test their coaches’ tactical ideas.
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The Georgians will be one of the hosts of the upcoming European Championship, and this match against the Netherlands will be the only one they will play in front of their fans until the start of the Eurobasket. Therefore, Tbilisi Arena will be packed.
Georgia has carried two wins and two losses into this qualifying phase and they have a real chance of qualifying for the FIBA World Championship. The quality of their group is not at a high level. Apart from Georgia, there are Spain and Italy, which are the main favorites, as well as the Netherlands, Iceland, and Ukraine. The best three national teams will advance to the World Cup and the Georgians are probably the strongest team among the remaining four.
They gathered the best players for the upcoming competition. Tornike Shengelia and Giorgi Shermadini will be the main force under the hoop. As far as playmaking is concerned, there is Thadd McFadden, and the Georgian basketball public expects a lot from Milwaukee Bucks player Sandro Mamukelashvili, who will play for this national team for the first time in a major competition.
The Dutch rarely participate in major competitions. They took part in the FIBA World Championship only once, while they participated in Eurobasket in 2015. Then they made a surprise, defeating Georgia 73-72.
Charloon Kloof shone in that match, scoring 22 points, and this playmaker still plays for the national team. The Dutch have an experienced roster, which has been playing together for several years and that is one of the main virtues of this team. There are also Worthy De Jong and Roeland Schaftenaar, who together with Kloof form the main trio.
The ambitions of the Dutch are modest when it comes to Eurobasket. If they managed to qualify for the FIBA World Championship, it would be a small sensation.
These two national teams played their last match at the mentioned Eurobasket, and the Netherlands shocked the Georgians at the start of the tournament and won 73-72.
We believe that the Georgians will enter this match as seriously as possible. They will prove on the field that they are a better team than the Netherlands. We expect an easy victory for the home team with a double-digit margin.
Prediction: Georgia -12.5