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USA vs New Zealand Tips - USA to ease past New Zealand at the Basketball World Cup

Last updated: 24 Aug 2023
Ben Darvill 24 Aug 2023
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USA's Anthony Edwards (R) (Getty Images)
USA's Anthony Edwards (R) (Getty Images)

USA vs New Zealand Tips

The USA arrive for their first match of the 2023 World Cup having won their last five games in a row, with their 99-91 win over Germany a few days ago ensuring they arrive for the competition on the back of a win. 
  • USA vs New Zealand Tips
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  • USA Form 
  • New Zealand Form 
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New Zealand were beaten 88-81 by Italy in their final match before the World Cup as they failed to back-up their win over Shenzhen with another victory. 

  • The USA have won their last five in a row 
  • The USA have scored 90+ points in their last five in a row 
  • New Zealand have one win in their last four (L3) 
  • New Zealand have lost four of their last six (W2)

Head to Head

The USA have played New Zealand twice in the last 21 years, hammering them 110-62 in 2002 and 98-71 in 2014. 

USA Form 

The USA look in ominous form right now as they enter the FIBA World Cup on the back of a five-game winning run. 

Their 99-91 win over Germany was an excellent performance, and it backs-up wins over Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Spain and Greece as the USA continue to build towards what will likely be an impressive showing at the biggest event in basketball. 

With Greece and Jordan also in the group, the USA will fancy their chances of notching three victories in a row, starting with a big win over New Zealand.

New Zealand Form 

New Zealand come into this one knowing that they are really up against it if they are to start their World Cup campaign off with a win. 

Their 88-81 loss to Italy a few days ago saw them slip to their third defeat in their last four games, with the side unable to garner any real momentum heading into a tough group. With Jordan and Greece to come, New Zealand will look to target these games as the ones they can win. 

Perhaps this match against the USA is more about damage control then, with the UAA scoring 90+ points in their last five in a row. 

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I am backing the USA to make a statement in game one as they hammer New Zealand.

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