Lebanon vs. Philippines Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 13, 2022 15:00 CET
FIBA Asia Cup continues this Wednesday with a couple of very interesting matchups. Philippines have arrived with a shorthanded and rejuvenated roster and find themselves in a very tough group with two potential title contenders in New Zealand and Lebanon. They will have their work cut out for them but should progress from the group since India is way below their level.
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Lebanon vs. Philippines Odds
Spread Odds (-9.5/+9.5): 1.83
Total Over/Under (157.5): 1.83
Lebanon Team News
At the moment Lebanon are without a doubt one of the most exciting and dynamic basketball teams in Asia. Their stacked roster will be led by their newest import reinforcement Jonathan Arledge,who will be getting most of the support from the legendary Asian scorer Wael Arakji.
They demolished all of the opponents in their World Cup qualifying group and came to Jakarta riding excellent momentum. Their true worth will be shown in the clash against New Zealand later on, but first they have to take care of business against a significantly weakened Filipino team.
Philippines Team News
Gilas Pilipinas national basketball team has been going through a lot of changes recently. After their massive brawl in the game against Australia four years ago, their federation decided to make radical changes and as a result Gilas have been playing with mostly a cadet team from university supported by a couple of veteran stars from their domestic league.
For this tournament they will be led by their legendary coach Chot Reyes who managed to preserve his coaching role after the failure at the recent SEA Games. Philippines always enter the South East Asian Games as overwhelming favourites but this time they stumbled upon a reinvigorated Indonesian team that stunned them in the final.
Their coach survived one of the biggest disasters in their recent basketball history so for this tournament he has been very careful with his words and has very humble expectations. Once again he will have to rely on young but talented university players along with a couple of solid veterans in brothers Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks and towering center Poy Erram.
Lebanon vs. Philippines Prediction
Gilas have a new-look roster for almost every tournament in the last couple of years and this Asia Cup is no different. At first glance it seems they might have enough to tackle the best teams but in the last couple of days they suffered a couple of big injury blows headlined by Dwight Ramos.
Even though they have some quality, we don´t see them as a real threat to top teams, including Lebanon. Lebanon are playing at a very high level and, as the Filipino coach says, it will be difficult to even keep the game competitive against them at the moment.
Date and time: 13.07.2022 15:00 CET
Prediction: Handicap Lebanon (-9.5)