Latvia vs. Turkey Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 25, 2022 18:30 CET
The qualifiers for the 2023 FIBA World Championship continue on Thursday. In one of the matches, Latvia and Turkey will compete, and the match in Riga starts at 18:30.
This will be an extremely exciting and interesting clash since both the Latvian and Turkish national teams will be reinforced by NBA stars.
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The Latvians have brought three wins and one loss to this stage of the competition. They defeated Belgium both times, and Serbia once, so they have an excellent starting position ahead of the main qualifying stage. They currently share first place in the table with Greece, which have the same win-loss ratio.
Latvia did not qualify for the upcoming Eurobasket, so the complete focus of this national team will be on the matches against Turkey and Great Britain. They managed to gather all the best players for these two games.
Kristaps Porzingis will play his first game for Latvia after Eurobasket 2017. He suffered a serious injury then, due to which he did not play for a long time. Besides him, there is also Davis Bertans, so this NBA duo will be the main strength of the Latvian national team.
The Turks enter the upcoming matches with huge ambitions as well. They want to qualify for the FIBA World Championship as well as achieve a great result at Eurobasket.
As for these qualifiers, they achieved two wins and have two losses in the last phase. They beat Great Britain twice, but were defeated by Greece both as hosts and away.
But the Turkish roster is much stronger now. There are Furkman Korkmaz, Cedi Osman, and Alperen Sengun, who play in the NBA league, and Shane Larkin, one of the best players in the Euroleague. The coach of this national team is ambitious Ergin Ataman from Anadolu Efes, who announced that Turkey will fight for medals at every next competition.
During August, they played six friendly matches and recorded three wins and three losses. The Turks have shown serious offensive potential in each of those games, so we expect their good performance in both the qualifiers and Eurobasket.
The last time these two national teams met was in the qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Championship, and both times the hosts triumphed. The Turks won 85-73, and the Latvians 79-70.
We expect a dynamic, fast, and efficient match, primarily due to the fact that both teams are offensively potent. Their players are capable of hitting three-pointers in high percentages, so we believe that the total number of points in the game will be more than 170.
Prediction: Total Points Over 168.5