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Ben Darvill 24 Aug 2023
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  • Finland vs Australia predictions for Friday's FIBA World Cup match 
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Patty Mills of Australia (Getty Images)
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Finland vs Australia Tips 


Finland arrive for their opening match of the 2023 World Cup on the back of a comfortable 94-57 loss to Latvia just over a week ago. 
  • Finland vs Australia Tips 
  • Head to Head
  • Finland Form 
  • Australia Form 

Australia edged past Georgia earlier in the week to ensure they come into the World Cup on the back of a three-game winning run. 

  • Finland have lost their last two matches in a row 
  • Finland lost 94-57 to Latvia in their last outing 
  • Australia have won their last three in a row 
  • Australia won their last two World Cup qualifying matches 

Head to Head


The two sides have only met twice, with both meetings coming back in 2014. Finland won 87-81 after extra-time in the first match before Australia ran out 80-57 winners just over a week later. 

Finland Form 


Finland have struggled of late, with the nation winning just two of their last five after downing Lithuania and Estonia in tight wins. 

Alongside these victories, Finland have lost to Germany, Lithuania and Latvia, with the side unable to really embark on a strong run of form that will worry the sides in their group this year. 

With tough matches against Japan and Germany to come, Finland know they need to start off with a win, or they will be on the backfoot needing to win their last two group games to have any chance of making it out of the group. 

Australia Form 


Australia come into the 2023 World Cup having downed South Sudan, France and Georgia in a strong run which means the Aussies look good right now. 

Their 88-67 win over South Sudan was a good workout for the side before they were given a real test in their wins over France (78-74) and Georgia (86-81), with this ideal preparation for their World Cup campaign. 

Australia come into this match as the favourites to win and get their World Cup campaign off to a strong start. With three wins in their last three, the Aussies will be confident. 

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Verdict

I am backing Australia to come out on top in this one in a clash that sees less than 166 points scored. 

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