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Iran vs South Korea FIBA Asia Cup predictions, betting tips and match preview: Iranians and South Koreans face off in semifinal

Lorenzo Gahol 19 Aug 2017
Hamed Haddadi (credit:FIBA)

Iran vs South Korea FIBA Asia Cup predictions, betting tips and match preview. Iran and South Korea duel in the semifinal of the FIBA Asia Cup at the Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Lebanon on Saturday.  

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Iran and South Korea duel in the semifinal of the FIBA Asia Cup at the Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Lebanon on Saturday. 

The Iranians defeated the host nation 80-70 in their semifinal duel on Thursday while the South Koreans walloped the Philippines 118-86. The winner of this game will face either in Sunday's final. 

Leading Iran in its quest to return to the final after placing third two years ago is veteran center Hamed Haddadi, who had a monster game of 23 points and 20 rebounds against the Lebanese. The former NBA player is averaging 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists in the tournament.

Head coach Mehran Hatami will also count on Mohammad Jamshidi after the star wingman topscored with 24 points in their last game.

Other key players for the Iranians are young guards Sajjad Mashayekhi and Behnam Yakhchali, forward Arsalan Kazemi and veteran frontliner Oshin Sahakian. 

The South Koreans, meanwhile, are hoping to duplicate their impressive marksmanship against the Filipinos where they 16-of-21 from three-point range. Head coach Hur Jae has plenty of scorers at his disposal led by center Oh Sek-Eun and guard Kim Sun-Hyung. Oh topscored with 22 points against the Filipinos while Kim added 21.

Also expected to contribute are Lee Jong-Hyun, Kim Jong-Kyu, Lee Seung-Hyun and Heo Ung. 

The winner of this game will play either Australia or New Zealand in Sunday's final while the loser will fight for the bronze medal.

Iran ousted South Korea 75-62 in the quarterfinal of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha with Haddadi leading the way with 18 points and 14 rebounds. South Korea's last win over Iran in this competition came in 2005. The South Koreans defeated Iran's Team B in the William Jones Cup tournament in Taipei last month.

Iran vs South Korea Live Stream Links


Iran vs South Korea is being streamed live online by bookmaker bet365. The firm have the match available to all customers, including those in the UK, on their live streaming player, which can be found via the IN PLAY section of the website. The only requirement to watch the live stream is to have a funded bet365 account. Those without an account can claim a 100% first deposit bonus of up to £200 by registering using the bonus code MAXCASH. Once registered, simply go to the IN PLAY section of the website at 19:00 BST on Saturday, August 19 and click on the Iran vs South Korea live stream.

Click the image below to go directly to the bet365 live streaming player:


Iran vs South Korea Notes


  • Winner will play either Australia or New Zealand in the final
  • Iran has yet to lose a game
  • Iran beat host Lebanon in the quarterfinals
  • South Korea ousted the Philippines in the last eight
  • Iran ousted South Korea in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship 

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Iran vs South Korea FIBA Asia Cup predictions, betting tips and match preview: Iranians and South Koreans face off in semifinal

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