USA (5-0) vs. Australia (3-2)
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Russia has appeared strong in this tournament despite being without versatile forward Andrei Kirilenko. Their other former NBA player, Victor Kryhapa, has not been playing either. Their only loss, to Turkey, came as no surprise, as Hedo Turkoglu, Ersan Ilyasova, and the rest of the Turkish team has been great playing in their home country for this tournament. Sasha Kaun has been a bright spot for Russia, as well. He went late in the second round of the NBA draft, but has looked to be worth much more in play throughout. His lanky and gangly frame allows him to squirm his way for open looks. Thus far he is averaging 11.5 ppg.
For a team with a lot of question marks going in, the Unites States has looked pretty convincing so far in the 2010 FIBA World Championships. After defeating Croatia 106-78, the U.S. beat Slovenia 99-77. But next up for the U.S. will be there toughest Group B opponent, Brazil. Brazil is also 2-0, beating Iran 81-65 and Tunisia 80-65. Let’s take a look at the game, odds according to Pinnacle and Bookmaker.
The United States were hopeful for this World Cup to go on a deep run behind Charlie Davies and Jozy Altidore’s striking abilities. Davies got hurt in a car-crash last October and almost died. He is back on the practice pitch, but didn’t recover in time to make the 23-man roster.