When Gilas Pilipinas started its journey to the international scene, the motto has always been, “PUSO”. It’s not about height but heart! Gilas Pilipinas basketball team understands the importance of the opening game against Italy. It is very important that the Filipinos will end up victorious to bring more chances of getting into the next round. Watch Live Gilas Pilipinas vs Italy live at ESPN5.com.
With the best possible roster that the Samahang Basketbol the Pilipinas has to offer, will this be enough to neutralize and to outscore the Italians? Currently the Philippine national team is a big underdog with +18.5 according to oddschecker.com. This is how the oddsmakers perceive the talent level of each team.
Surely, the Philippines vs Italy game continues to create buzz to the Filipino fans worldwide. The team is being led by naturalized player Andray Blatche who played with the team in the previous World Cup. Blatche will be alongside June Mar Fajardo and Japeth Aguilar as the formidable big men of Gilas. In addition, the defense of Gabe Norwood is needed to contain the scorer of Italy.
To fill up the entire Gilas Pilipinas roster, Kiefer Ravena, Mark Barroca, Paul Lee and Roger Pogoy can play at the point as well as shooting guard positions. Raymond Almazan and Troy Rosario are included in the roster as they can play the No. 3 and No. 4 positions if coach Yeng Guiao wants a versatile team. Robert Bolick and CJ Perez have made the team to the surprise of thousands of basketball fans. Surely, both Bolick and Perez never played in the World Cup qualifiers at all.
Will Gilas be able to make an upset against Italy?
The Philippine national team or popularly known as Gilas Pilipinas is highly capable of winning games. However, with the roster that it has right now, the team has a margin of error. Gilas team has to play strong from the start until the last two minutes, hoping to beat their opponent in a close match. The outside shooting of Lee and even Rosario must be clicking to spread the defense of Italy. Moreover, the speed of Gilas will determine how it will be able to stay neck-to-neck to the end.
Italy has NBA players Marco Belinelli and Danilo Gallinari as the core of the team. It is interesting to note how the Italians are going to dismantle the defense of Gilas through these two caliber NBA players.
Gilas Pilipinas will not have Marcio Lassiter and Matthew Wright to rely on the outside shooting. The perimeter shooting of Gilas will absolutely play an important role for the outcome of the game against Italy. Though Gilas have Pogoy and Lee, the absence of Wright and Lassiter will be missed.
“The three games that we won in Spain, we were really shooting well. And that was without Marcio. The guys shot well. That was without Roger Pogoy in Spain, but we still shot well,” said coach Guiao.
When is the Philippines vs Italy FIBA 2019 game?
Philippines vs Italy basketball game is scheduled on Saturday, August 31, 2019.
When does the Philippines vs Italy game start?
The game starts at 7:30 PM (Philippine Standard Time)
What is the current odds and point spread of Philippines vs Italy game?
Philippines vs Italy FIBA odds: +18.5 Philippines
How to watch Philippines vs Italy live stream?
The game is televised on ESPN5 and it is also available in livestreaming at ESPN5.com
Prediction: Gilas Pilipinas has a great chance to start strong. How long will Gilas be able to stay tight against the opponents? Italy will win the game because of their speed and height advantage but it will not cover the spread.