Team USA Vs Montenegro FIBA World Cup Second Round Game Preview, Predictions & Live Stream

31 Aug 2023


Team USA reaches Second Round with full momentum as they approach first real test in Montenegro

As predicted, Steve Kerr’s young team was able to cruise through Group C at ease, behind standout performers Austin Reeves, Paolo Banchero, and Anthony Edwards. It’s not all been red roses for the Americans, with Coach Kerr making adjustments to the line-up before their game against Jordan, where Josh Hart started in place on a struggling Brandon Ingram. College teammates Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges form a Villanova reunion with the Knicks role player, with which they’ve won a NCAA Championship.

Montenegro’s Vucevic hoping to replicate February monster performance vs JJJ

Chicago Bulls big man Nikola Vucevic has surely been Montenegro’s standout performer throughout the 2023 FIBA World Cup leading Montenegro in points (20.7) and adding 7 boards per game, but fell short when he met fellow NBA Centre Jonas Valanciunas. Team USA can rely on Defensive Player of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr. for rim protection, but the Montenegrin center isn’t stranger to the matchup. JJJ was on the wrong end of a standout 28+17 performance by Vucevic, and most of Montenegro’s hopes rely on the big man outputting a similar stat line on Friday.

Team USA vs Montenegro Prediction

Despite Montenegro showing up surprisingly well in this World Cup, we still expect Team USA to quite comfortably get out on top thanks to their depth of offensive and defensive options.

Team USA vs Montenegro: How to Watch

This FIBA World Cup Second Round match-up from Manila will be available to stream live* worldwide on Courtside 1891 on Friday September 1st  from 9:40 GMT+1.

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