FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019: Where to Watch Team USA vs. Greece, Live Stream, Team News, Latest Odds

Team USA's quest for an unprecedented third consecutive World Cup title continues on Saturday when it will come across a familiar foe in the shape of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The defending champions qualified from Group E with three wins in three games and now find themselves in Group J alongside Brazil, Greece and the Czech Republic.

The latter was also in Group E, but because of the way the tournament is structured, teams will play just two games in the second stage as they will not face the team who was in their group in the first phase.

The points accrued in the second phase will be added to the first stage's tally to determine the two teams progressing to the quarterfinals from each of the four groups.

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Greece finished second in Group F behind Brazil after beating Montenegro and New Zealand and losing by a point to the South Americans, who won three games out of three.

"Giannis is pretty special," Team USA coach Gregg Popovich was quoted as saying by ESPN. "When they play for their countries, we like to say that [NBA players] become superheroes."

Team USA center Brook Lopez was under no illusion of the challenging come the Americans' way against Greece.

"He [Antetokounmpo] is going to come out to kill us, there's no question," Lopez said of his Milwaukee Bucks teammate.

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"He's going to want to tear our heads off. I wouldn't expect anything otherwise."

The reigning NBA MVP finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, shooting six-of-10 from the field as Greece beat New Zealand 103-97 to secure a spot in the second phase.

Greek coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos explained the group first group stage had been a delicate balancing act, as he tried to give Antetokounmpo as much rest as possible.

"Listen, the situation with Giannis is a little bit complicated. For sure he is the superstar of the team, everyone knows what he can do," Skourtopoulos was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse.

"From the other side, we need to protect his health, so we have to take care about the amount of time he plays."

The Milwaukee Bucks star played 30 minutes in the win over New Zealand on Thursday and Skourtopoulos hinted he could see even more minutes against Team USA.

"The next game with the USA is much better for him because he knows the mentality and the way they play," he added.

"Now it's time for him to increase the time [he plays] and everything in the game."

As expected, the U.S. comfortably saw off Japan in the final game of Group E, winning 98-45. Jaylen Brown top-scored with 20 points and added seven rebounds, while another four players finished in double-digit in terms of points scored.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Saturday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, FIBA World Cup
Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Greece National Team during the 1st round of 2019 FIBA World Cup match against the Montenegro National Team at Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Gymnasium on September 1 in Nanjing, China. Zhijian Liu//Getty

When and where is the game?

The defending champions take on Greece at the Shenzen Bay Sports Center in Shenzen on Saturday, September 7.

The game tips off at 8:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET).

TV channel

The FIBA World Cup will not be broadcast on TV in the U.S., but there are plenty of other ways to keep up with the action.

Live stream

A live stream for every game of the 2019 FIBA World Cup is available via ESPN+.

Team news

Jayson Tatum sprained his left ankle in the win over Turkey. The Boston Celtics small forward rolled his ankle with just 2.1 seconds left as he delivered a pass to Khris Middleton and had to be helped off the court.

Tatum missed the game against Japan and is expected to sit out the game against Greece, but may return in time to face Brazil on Monday.


According to Oddschecker, Team USA is an 8.5-point favorite and is 53/50 to win and cover the spread, while Greece is a 16/5 underdog and the over/under bar in terms of points scored is set at 157.5

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