Jordan vs. Lebanon Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 23, 2022 15:00 CET
New basketball champion of Asia will come from either West Asia or Oceania. First semi-final matchup is a clash between two friendly nations, Lebanon and Jordan, but once the players step on the floor, there will be no love lost between them.
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Jordan vs. Lebanon Odds
Spread Odds (+8.5/-8.5): 1.89/1.91
Total Over/Under (154.5): 1.82/1.88
Jordan Team News
Out of all the teams that notched a place in the semi-final, Jordan were the most unlikely one. However, those who are familiar with their national team and with the names in their roster, know it´s not a surprise they came this far.
Jordan arrived to this FIBA Asia Cup with their strongest lineup boasting domestic names like the legendary Asian scorer Zaid Abbas and former Fenerbahce´s center Ahmad Al-Dwairi. Their main stars and scoring leaders have been their two guard imports, who have produced some unforgettable performances so far.
Dar Tucker and Freddy Ibrahim have been dominating with the latter single-handedly eliminating Taiwan in the additional knockout round. After their improbable comeback win over Taiwan, the Jordanian side didn´t stop and produced an even bigger upset in the quarter-final. One of the main title favourites Iran were controlling the game but when the final minutes came, their players could only watch Jordan´s imports dominate and secure a convincing 91:76 win.
Lebanon Team News
At the start of the tournament we immediately knew Lebanon were one of the main title favourites but others were not so sure. As the games have been progressing, it was becoming clearer we have a new Asian basketball powerhouse in the making.
Lebanon deservedly earned a place in the semi-final after beating one of the most dominant Asian basketball nations. The Chinese team was behind for the entire game but with just a couple of minutes remaining their team managed to come back and even take the lead. After establishing control over the game, Lebanon were not going to be denied and had more nerves in a dramatic ending narrowly beating China by just 3 points(72:69).
Interestingly, they will now face a team they played against just before the start of this tournament. In the head-to-clash in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers Jordan failed to keep pace with the Lebanese team, which secured a comfortable 89:70 win around three weeks ago at home.
Jordan vs. Lebanon Prediction
Jordan are on the verge of repeating their biggest FIBA Asia Cup achievement from 2011 when they finished as the runners-up. In order to enter the final, they will have to take down another title favourite but this time it will be much tougher than in their last two games.
Besides Australia, Lebanon are considered to be the main favourites to win the gold and we believe their long and quality rotation paired with their tactical boldness should be decisive and enough to cover the spread.
Date and time: 23.07.2022 15:00 CET
Prediction: Handicap Lebanon (-8.5)