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Lithuania play Canada in the second group game for both teams in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China on Tuesday night.
Few observers would have been surprised by Lithuania’s 101-47 thrashing of Senegal, but this game will be far closer and has a huge amount at stake for both teams.
Lithuania could theoretically afford to lose this game – were they then to beat Australia in their final group game – but that’s clearly not a given and isn’t something they will want to rely on.
This is already effectively a must-win game for Canada if they are to have any realistic hopes of progressing to the second round of the competition after losing their opening game 108-92 to Australia.
Lithuania vs Canada Betting Lines & Prediction
Looking at FIBA 2019 betting predictions for this game, Canada will be the underdogs here and not help in having just two NBA players – Cory Joseph and Khem Birch – on their roster.
It’s also worth noting that it’s been almost 17 years since Canada last won a World Cup basketball game, which doesn’t exactly bode well for their battle with one of the strongest teams in the competition in Lithuania.
Our Lithuania vs Canada Betting Prediction
Lithuania, led by the powerful duo of Jonas Valanciunas and Domantas Sabonis, should be too strong for Nick Nurse’s Canadian squad and are the tip on the point spread betting market to overcome a -7.5 points handicap here.
Point Spread: Lithuania -7.5 @ -111 (1.90) with Betway Sports