Hungary vs USA Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for 2023 IIHF World Championship Game (Americans Fill Hungarian Net)

Hungary vs USA prediction, odds and betting insights for 2023 IIHF World Championship game.
Hungary vs USA prediction, odds and betting insights for 2023 IIHF World Championship game. / AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin

The 2023 IIHF World Championship continues on Sunday, May 14, featuring a Group A matchup between Hungary and the USA.

Hungary vs USA Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, May 14, 2023
  • Time: 5:20 a.m. ET
  • Venue: Nokia Arena -- Tampere, Finland

Hungary struggled to create offense in its first game of the tournament, falling 3-1 to Denmark on Saturday. On the other side, the USA has a pep in its step following a 4-1 victory over Finland, led by Alex Tuch's two-goal performance.

Hungary vs USA Odds & Spread

The USA enters this contest as the favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 5:20 a.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 7 goals with the Under being favored at -122 odds.

Hungary vs USA Betting Trends

  • Hungary is 0-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the 2023 IIHF World Championship group stage.
  • USA is 1-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the 2023 IIHF World Championship group stage.
  • Hungary lost to Denmark, 3-1, in its last game on May 13, 2023.
  • USA defeated Finland, 4-1, in its last game on May 12, 2023.
  • USA defeated Hungary, 5-1, in their only previous head-to-head matchup on May 13, 2016.

Hungary vs USA Prediction & Pick

It's hard to doubt the USA after a dominant performance over Finland — the reigning Olympic gold medal-winning team. The Americans outshot the Finns 38-24 and used their depth to succeed at the end of the day. Although this isn't the most stacked team the USA has ever had, the roster is still more dangerous than a good chunk of the tournament.

Although upsets are part of the sport, Hungary doesn't have what it takes to get the job done. It simply doesn't have the offensive talent to keep pace with Team USA, nor does it have the defensive skills to contain the opposition. Furthermore, the Hungarians are the bottom-ranked team in the tournament, further stacking the deck against them.

In a game that's more than winnable, look for the USA to emerge as the victor.

Final Score Prediction: USA: 6 | Hungary: 2

Hungary vs USA Best Bet

I don't anticipate the USA having any issues filling the net on Sunday. Between players like Alex Tuch, Conor Garland and Nick Bonino, goals shouldn't be too hard to come by. Besides, the Americans already scored four goals on a really good Finnish team, so scoring at least six on Hungary isn't too much of an ask.

Riding the high from their latest win, USA's offense should shine in Tampere.

Bet: USA Total Goals — Over 5.5 (-128)

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