FIBA World Cup 2019: Turkey vs USA - Match Preview & Predictions
Fixture: Turkey vs USA
Date & Time: Tuesday 3rd September - 8:30 AM (ET)/6:00 PM (IST)/8:30 PM (PHT)
Venue: Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, Shanghai
Last game result
Turkey: 86-67 victory over Japan
Team USA: 88-67 victory over Czech Republic
Much was made of Team USA’s poor build-up to the tournament, although Gregg Popovich’s side was impressive during their opening win over the Czech Republic. The USA never looked like losing during an 88-67 victory, and the likes of Donovan Mitchell and Marcus Smart were eager to seize their big opportunity on the international stage.
After keeping their opponents to under 70 points in their last two outings, Team USA’s defense will play an important role going forward in the tournament, and Myles Turner should play a bigger role against a physical Turkish side.
Turkey also won its World Cup opener thanks to an easy 86-67 win over Japan. The nation looked dangerous throughout, with Ersan Ilyasova and Melih Mahmutogly combining for 36 points. However, serious questions remain over the depth of the Turkish roster, and the underdogs will need a strong defensive performance to have any chance of defeating the pre-tournament favorites.
Turkey - Ersan Ilyasova
Ilyasova may have been dunked on by Rui Hachimura during Turkey’s opening win, although the veteran put in an impressive well-rounded performance. In 30 minutes, Ilyasova contributed 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists, and the 32-year-old’s ability to replicate his performance in Game 2 will be crucial.
Team USA - Donovan Mitchell
Mitchell came to life in the second half of Game 1, and the Utah Jazz star is likely to take on a bigger role in Game 2. While Kemba Walker will control the tempo from the backcourt, Mitchell is likely to be the first shooting option, and his ability to make jump shots will be key.
Predicted starting lineups
Turkey: Melih Mahmutoglu, Semih Erden, Ersan Ilyasova, Cedi Osman, Dogus Balbay
Team USA: Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, Khris Middleton, Harrison Barnes, Myles Turner
Turkey pulled off an impressive win in Game 1, although, in terms of talent, they match up with the Czech Republic. Due to this, Team USA will be confident of coming away with a second win of the tournament, and only a poor shooting night for Popovich’s men will put the result in doubt.