The Opals need Serbia to beat France in their Group B clash from 5.30pm on Tuesday (AEST) to avoid a deadly quarter-final crossover against the USA or China.
The Australians require the Serbians to defeat the French to lock in a top two finish should they also beat Japan on Tuesday night from 8.30pm (AEST).
If Serbia fails to beat France, it puts the Opals in the likely position to finish third in Group B and face powerhouses the USA or China in the quarters.
The draw for the Women’s Basketball World Cup quarter-finals will take place after the conclusion of the Group Phase on Tuesday night.
Shortly after the last game of the first stage is complete, at 11:30pm local time, the Sydney Superdome will host the draw for the quarter-finals, which will take place on Thursday September 29.