France and Germany will kick off their FIBA World Cup campaign when they face off at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre.
Both the teams are in Group G, which also consists of Jordan and the Dominican Republic. France are the favorites to advance from the group, as they are ranked third in the world according to the latest FIBA rankings. Germany are ranked 22nd in the world. The Dominican Republic is ranked 18th, and Jordan are the last in the group in 49th place. France will go into the group confident of making the next round.
France have been one of the best sides in the game over the last couple of years. Led by legends like Tony Parker, they have impressed on the national stage. France won the EuroBasket title in 2013 which was their first continental trophy. They finished third in the last FIBA World Cup in 2014. The players representing France will be different this time, but they will aim to achieve a similar World Cup finish if not a higher one.
Their squad will have a lot of NBA talent this time. Rudy Gobert will be the star player for France at the World Cup. The Utah Jazz big man has grown in stature in recent years. He is one of the best centers in the NBA as of now. Aside from Gobert, the other key players are Nic Batum, Nando de Colo, Andrew Albicy, and Paul Lacombe. Gobert is confident that his team can progress deep into the tournament.
“We want to have a great run, and try to fight for the tops spots,” he said. “Nothing is impossible, we want to fight for the best, and we would like to write another great page in France’s basketball history. The level of the competition is going to be very high, so a lot of teams can reach the top three spots.”
Germany will look to make their mark in the tournament after missing the last edition. They failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Spain. Since legendary talisman Dirk Nowitzki retired, they have struggled. Young point guard Dennis Schroder is attempting to take up the baton. Schroder plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA.
Germany reached back to back quarter-finals in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and finished third in the 2002 tournament. Schroder will be crucial to their chances this time. He has finished second in scoring in the last two EuroBasket tournaments. He averaged 23.5 points and 7.5 assists in the qualifying campaign for Germany.
France vs Germany Prediction
France will go into the match as the favorites. The quality in their team should shine, and they should get the opening win. France should score over 60 points on their way to success. Germany will make it competitive, and the point differential for the loss will be less than 10 points. Germany are expected to score over 50 points in the game.