Korea vs. New Zealand Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 21, 2022 15:00 CET
According to the bookmakers Korea will enter the clash against New Zealand as clear favourites, but we completely disagree with their estimation. The Korean team hasn´t had a game for a couple of days, and during those couple of days, some very interesting things happened with their roster.
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Korea vs. New Zealand Odds
Spread Odds (-4.5/+4.5): 1.90/1.76
Total Over/Under (158.5): 1.83
Korea Team News
Korea were playing at a very high level during the group stage and secured comfortable and routine wins over China, Taiwan and Bahrain. Led by their standard domestic core and naturalized import center Ricardo Rattlife, they were impressive so many started thinking they could even fight for the gold.
During the couple of empty days they had, their team was hit by a Covid infection which ruled out two of their key pieces for this clash against New Zealand. Both Heo Ung and Lee Dae-sung are recovering and will be dearly missed as they have been one of the main contributors in this tournament(combining for an average of 23 ppg).
New Zealand Team News
The Tall Blacks continue to march on after their blowout win over the shorthanded outsiders Syria. After jumping out to huge 20-point lead in the first quarter, New Zealand and their coach Pero Cameron were able to rotate and rest their main players.
New Zealand are aware this game is a prime opportunity for them to enter the semi-final. Korea´s rotation and production will be seriously hampered because of the aforementioned absences.
Regardless of the roster they bring, the Tall Blacks have to be regarded as one of the favourites for a medal in every Asia Cup. With the experienced players they have at their disposal, they should be able to take advantage of the situation and prevail against an undermanned Korean team.
Korea vs. New Zealand Prediction
There´s not much to think about here. The absences Korea are dealing with have to give a clear edge to New Zealand so we are backing the Tall Blacks to cover the spread.
Date and time: 21.07.2022 15:00 CET
Prediction: New Zealand (+4.5)