Lebanon vs. Philippines Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug 25, 2022 20:00 CET
Match of the day in the FIBA Asia World Cup qualifers is without a doubt the massive clash between Lebanon and the Philippines. At the moment Lebanon are one of the hottest teams in Asia, while Gilas have finally put together a decent roster with PBA names and a top-quality American import.
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Lebanon vs. Philippines Odds
Spread Odds (-6.0/+6.0): 1.95/1.81
Total Over/Under (168.5): 1.85/1.93
Lebanon Team News
Lebanon are currently one of the best teams in Asia. Even though Gilas assembled a top team, they are in their prime and will enter today´s game as the favourites.
In comparison to the Asia Cup not a lot has changed in the Lebanese roster. Their main leader will still be Wael Arakji, who will once again have the support of their new naturalized player Jonathan Arledge.
Around a month ago, Lebanon came just short of winning the Asia Cup. Australia were too strong in the final, but Lebanon managed to take down China and Jordan and also shift the balance of power in Asian international basketball. That is the main reason why Gilas Pilipinas will have their work cut out for them.
Philippines Team News
After the failures at the SEA Games and the Asia Cup, the entire Filipino public wanted coach Chot Reyes to leave. However, we have to disagree with that because he had a very limited roster at his disposal, while all other teams had the majority of their stars.
It seems the Philippines are finally taking this qualifying window seriously because their roster hasn´t looked this strong for quite some time. With the exception of the players participating in the PBA Cup final, their roster is loaded with talent and PBA experience.
The cherry on top was the comeback of the former NBA 6th Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson. After four years of absence, he will reunite with the Gilas team, which he already led at the 2018 Asian Games.
Lebanon vs. Philippines Prediction
With the addition of Clarkson, this Gilas team can now keep up with any team on the continent. Their roster is much stronger compared to the college-based rosters they were using recently, but their opponent this Thursday couldn´t be any tougher.
As the hosts, Lebanon have been given a clear advantage. We agree they should be the favourites but a 6-point advantage is a bit too much when your opposition has an NBA star averaging 15+ ppg.
Date and time: 25.08.2022 20:00 CET
Prediction: Handicap Philippines (+6)