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How to Watch USA Basketball vs. New Zealand FIBA World Cup



How to Watch USA Basketball vs. New Zealand FIBA World Cup

With Team USA’s exhibition schedule completed, they’re set to kick off tournament action in the FIBA World Cup on Saturday when they take on New Zealand. 

Team USA played five games during the exhibition tune-up stage, which saw them take down Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Spain, Greece, and Germany. The closest of the five games was against Germany, where they came out on top 99-91. 

Team USA will begin their group stage action as a major favorite against New Zealand. 

Below, we’ll highlight how you can watch Team USA take on Zealand, along with how to bet on the game. 

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How to Watch USA vs. New Zealand

When: Saturday, August 26

Time: 8:40 a.m. ET

Where to Watch: ESPN2, fubo 

How to Bet USA vs. New Zealand 

Team USA -39.5 (-113) vs. Team New Zealand +39.5 (-113) 

Total: 186.5 (O-115, U-111) 

With no NBA players on New Zealand’s roster, it’s hard to consider what they’re bringing to the table in this opening matchup against a strong Team USA squad. Sure, the USA would be much better off if all their stars came to play, but that, unfortunately, isn’t realistic. At the same time, when a number approaches 40 points, it only takes minor things going wrong for the underdog to potentially cover the number. Still, this Team USA group is formidable, even if the back half of their roster sees a big chunk of minutes in this opening contest. As a result, we’re content to back Team USA to cover the large number in Game 1. 

You’ll likely see the minutes spread out for Team USA in the opener, especially with them listed as such a significant favorite. That will make it more difficult for players to hit the over on their points props, but not impossible. Anthony Edwards appears on the cusp of breaking out as a legitimate superstar in the NBA, and he’s already demonstrated that during pre-tournament action. Edwards has equal odds of -114 to go over or under his point total of 22.5, and we like him to exceed that number. 

Team USA 2023 World Cup Roster

  • Paolo Banchero (Orlando Magic)
  • Mikal Bridges (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Jalen Brunson (New York Knicks)
  • Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers)
  • Josh Hart (New York Knicks)
  • Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans)
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies)
  • Cameron Johnson (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Walker Kessler (Utah Jazz)
  • Bobby Portis (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Austin Reaves (Los Angeles Lakers)

Odds courtesy of the FanDuel Sportsbook. 

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