China vs Serbia. First match for teams at World Cup 23

On August 26, the national teams of China and Serbia will play their first match at the 2023 Basketball World Cup. The battle of the teams will take place as part of the preliminary stage in group B. The meeting will be hosted by the Smart Araneta Coliseum arena in Manila.

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on China vs Serbia


The team took second place in qualifying and thus she got to the World Cup-23. The group was then won by the Australians. During the preparation for the tournament, the Chinese had four control fights and managed to win only one of them, breaking the guys from the modest Cape Verde team.

China is not the basketball elite of the planet. Yes, they are trying to develop this sport in the country, but it is still very, very far from great achievements. In the FIBA rating, the team hangs around the third ten. Not too bright.

The main star of the Chinese at the World Cup 23 will be Kyle Anderso, who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA). The rest of the team's basketball players represent the domestic championship of the country, which the language does not dare to call a high-ranking championship.


The national team made it to the World Cup, finishing second in its qualifying group. The surprise then was that the Latvians finished ahead of the Serbs there. Well, that happens sometimes. In the FIBA rankings, the Serbian national team currently occupies the ninth place (most recently, it lost one position here).

The main star of the national team is Nikola Jokic (“Nuggets”), but the basketball player will miss the World Cup-23, as well as Vasily Micic (“Thunder”). The absence of this pair is a serious blow to the team. Bogdan Bogdanovich (Hawks), as conceived by the coaches, will lead partners in the World Championship. Plus, they are obliged to help him: Nikola Jovic (“Hit”), Nikola Milutinov (“Oli”), Alexei Pokushevsky (“Thunder”), Marko Gudurich (“Fener”) and others.

The Serbs have a solid squad. Yes, he is not the best in the tournament, if we analyze strictly on paper, but matches are won exclusively on the floor, which means that there is no need to write off the team here in advance. These guys have both class and self-confidence. Before the World Cup, the team played four friendly matches, and in three of them it got positive results without much effort.

China vs Serbia

History of the confrontation

The teams have crossed paths four times in their shared history. In 2011 and 2014, the teams played friendly matches. Europeans were stronger in them (87:53 and 95:55, respectively). Further, the paths of the teams crossed in the group at the Olympic Games in 2016. Here again, success was on the side of the Serbs (94:60). The most recent confrontation between the teams took place in 2023. It was again a control battle. Here again the Slavs achieved confident success (87:64).

Odds from download 1xbet

For bookmakers, everything is clear in this match. For the success of the Serbs, they give only 1.03. The victory of the Chinese is simply cosmic - 14. Bets on Under(157.5) are multiplied by 1.86. Breaking this points ceiling is worth 1.92. If you take handicap 2(-20), then you can increase your money by 2.16 times. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

Game Totals Prediction

The Chinese have nothing now that could stop the Serbs, who in this match will do their job efficiently and very beautifully, delighting the audience with productive basketball - handicap 2(-20) and total over (157.5).

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