The Philippines is set to host the 2023 FIBA World Cup, a prestigious worldwide basketball tournament, alongside Japan and Indonesia. The 2023 FIBA World Cup will be the first time that the contest is hosted by multiple nations and only the second time ever that the cup has been played in the Philippines.
Carmelo Anthony Named Ambassador
In February, Carmelo Anthony was named a global ambassador for the upcoming 2023 FIBA World Cup. Even though his ambassador status was first announced that day, fans were already outside wearing his old jerseys when the conference ended. Anthony said Filipino basketball fans are some of the most passionate fans in the world as he praised the sport.
Carmelo Anthony last played for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2022, but his extension was not renewed after the season. While he has not yet retired, the 39-year-old professional basketball player in the NBA is not on the court this year as he remains a free agent. Carmelo joined Paul Gasol and Luis Scola as FIBA World Cup global ambassadors when the announcement was made in February 2023.
What FIBA World Cup Basketball Games Will Be Played In The Philippines?
The Philippines was allotted pot 1 of the FIBA World Cup. Pot 1 will host the finals stage alongside the top three qualified teams; the United States, Spain, and Australia. While the Philippines national basketball team will be considered a longshot against any of the abovementioned teams, it will garnish great interest among loyal PH basketball fans.
How To Bet On The 2023 FIBA World Cup
There are a couple of ways Filipinos can wager on basketball in 2023. While domestic sports betting locations offer basketball odds, they are not allowed to offer sports betting lines for events inside the country. Since domestic sports betting locations will not offer betting lines on pot 1, most Filipinos will bet with what they are familiar with, online sports betting sites.
Legal Philippine online sportsbooks operate outside the country and, therefore, can offer betting odds for events in the country. In addition to international basketball odds, including the NBA, PBA, and other popular contests, online sportsbooks offer numerous funding options, generous sign-up bonuses, and the convenience of betting from anywhere with a mobile device connected to the internet.
There are numerous ways to bet on the World Cup, including game lines (win, money, and totals), future odds, proposition bets, and parlays. The game lines are the most popular way to bet on basketball odds, but you can find great value with future odds. Proposition bets are also a great way to win money without picking the winner of the game.