CAN vs LTU Dream11 : Canada look to pile up their first win of the exhibition tournamnet when they take on a tricky Lithuania outfit
Squaring off against Australia in their tournamnet opener, Canada ended up learning the hard way that their sojourn in the 18th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 is going to be a topsy-turvy one. While there were no qualms in the side’s attacking sojourn, the defensive display left plenty to be yearned from as the side were defeated by 16 points.
Although the nature of the defeat won’t perturb Canada too much ahead of today’s clash, the side know that the margins for slipping up again are extremely small. The side were immensely caught out in defence against Australia, an ordeal they know they can’t afford to repeat against a Lithuania outfit who ended up breaching the symbolic milestone of 100 points in their previous outing.
The 108-92 defeat against Canada increases in stature due to the way Canada collapsed after the first half. Heading into the break having played out the tightest quarter of the encounter, Canada failed to maintain the same standards, losing 34-27 and 32-15 in the final two quarters, completely falling apart defensively, a predicament Lithuania will be looking to capitalise on today.
They themselves had a solid start to the marquee world cup, defeating Senegal 101-47 in what s one of the biggest wins at the tournament till now. In what was a terrific and sensational complete performance, the side were ruthless and unsparing in their approach, going onto pile on the points to pull off a win which could end up playing a huge difference in their quest of qualifying from a stern and stringent Group H.
Probable Playing 5
Mantas Kalnietis, Marius Grionis, Edgaras Ulanovas, Domantas Sabonis, Jonas Valanciunas
Cory Joseph, Phil Scrubb, Melvin Ejim, Kyle Wiltjer, Khem Birch
CAN vs LTU Match Prediction
With both the sides amassing over 200 points in between them in the tournamnet opener, this one is slated to be a points galore fixture, an extraordinary display of attacking basketball. Both the sides will spare no expense to regale us in an incredible brand of basketball, one that sees open three, layups and assists being crafted with luscious ease.
This match promises to be a cracker of an encounter, one Canada should just about scrape through given the knowhow their players possess which should help survive in today’s skirmish.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
Match Details: Lithuania Vs Canada
Date And Time: 3rd September, Tuesday- 5:00pm
Venue: Dongguan Basketball Center, Dongguan
Television: Sony Six/HD, FanCode, livebasketball.tv
- Mantas Kalnietis, Jonas Valanciunas
- Khem Birch, Melvin Ejim
- Domantas Sabonis
- Khem Birch
Best Ball Stealer
- Jonas Valanciunas
- Melvin Ejim
CAN vs LTU Dream11 Point Guard
Putting on exquisite displays in their opening encounters of the world cup, both the point guards showed the pivotal roles they hold in their side. Lithuania’s Mantas Kalnietis was in incredible form for his side, putting in 8 incredible assists as he ran the play from his own circle, turning over possession from defence to attack with exuberant ease.
Elsewhere from Canada we have gone in with Cory Joseph, their main assist provider as well. He had put in an incredible display against Australia, helping keep his side in the game by transitioning play from down the court, putting in a two way display to keep traversing spaces and moving the ball around the court effectively.
CAN vs LTU Dream11 Shooting Guard
With Canada’s Phil Scrubb failing to impress as his attempts to shoot from outside the circle proved futile or were blocked by Australia in the previous clash, Brady Heslip was brought on as a substitute in a bid to provide some impetuous to the side in pulling off successful threes. He should be involved for the side today as well and should put in a relatively better performance to get some good points today.
CAN vs LTU Dream11 Small Forward
Another area where Canada struggled massively in the previous clash, one of their main reasons for being put down by Australia was their inability to shoot successfully from outside the circle and send down baskets to amass crucial points. Their players failed to screen the opposition, leaving the side’s shooters caught outside their range throughout the entirety of the match.
Owing to this, we’ll be bringing in a cheap option from the side in the form of Thomas Scrubb while from Lithuania we have opted for Jonas Maciulis. He scored 8 points in the last clash along with latching onto 7 rebounds and picking up 5 assists, putting in a complete performance for the side.
CAN vs LTU Dream11 Power Forward
The real segment which gave Lithuania points in the previous clash, we have their top scorer, Domantas Sabonis come in for us here The power forward was extremely influential in intertwining with his compatriots, not only pulling of successful layups but getting on the end of passes and rebounds as well to become a formidable unit inside the 15 metre arena.
CAN vs LTU Dream11 Centre
Lithuania’s player of the match from the previous clash, Jonas Valanciunas is selected by us in this facet. With 13 points, 11 rebounds and the 2 steals, the centre made his presence felt everywhere, not only ensuring that his side piled on the points but also stifling Senegal’s bid to craft anything in the attacking segment.
From Canada we have picked out their top scorer with a stunning 18 points, Khem Birch for this clash with the centre bound to pick up points today as well given Lithuania’s ability to collapse under pressure.
CAN vs LTU Dream11 Star Player
We have opted for Canada’s Cory Joseph to be our side’s star player for this clash.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.