FIBA World Cup Tips

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FIBA World Cup Tips
FIBA World Cup Tips

SERBIA:

FIBA World Cup Tips: Silver medalist at previous World Cup in 2014 and at the Olympics in 2016. They are slated as the second favourite to win the whole thing behind the United States.

The Serbs have a very deep roster with several present and former NBA players that includes Sacramento Kings duo Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica Boban and 2.21-meter center Boban Marjanovich (Dallas Mavericks).

Their leader and centerpiece is Denver Nuggets center Nicola Jokic who had an  MVP-type 2018-2019 season with averages over 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists per game. Serbia won every exhibition games so far and have to be respected.

Expectations:  Final

Strengths: Depth,  scoring inside and outside

Weaknesses: Athleticism, speed

Recommended Bets:

  • To qualify for final:  2.90 (Bwin) – 1 unit

SPAIN:

The Spaniards are ranked 2nd in the world and are the Bronze medalist at the last Olympic Games. Despite the absence of Pau Gasol, Spain will be strong medal contenders in China. Spain has solid guard play in Ricky Rubio and Sergio Llull, elite shooting in Rudy and Jaime Fernandez. Fresh from winning the NBA Finals with the Toronto Raptors all-world level center Marc Gasol will lead the team. Spain will unquestionably have a team to worry about at every phase of this tournament.

Expectations:  Semi-final

Strengths: Experience, organized play and defense

Weaknesses: Athleticism, speed

FIBA World Cup Tips

  • Top 3 finish: 2.5 (Betsafe) – 1 unit

FRANCE:

Bronze medalist at previous World Cup in 2014. France will have an exciting mix of quality and experience. They will be lead by three NBA players. Nikolas Batum, Evan Fournier, and Rudy Gobert. Reigning two-time NBA defensive player of the year Gobert had a productive season for the Utah Jazz, averaging 15.9 points and 12.9 rebounds. His size is near unmatched in the paint, and there isn’t a better rim-protector in the tournament. France will win Group G. Their opponents are the Dominican Republic, Germany, and Jordan.

Expectations:  Quarter-final

Strengths: Defense

Weaknesses: Point guard play

FIBA World Cup Tips

  • Tournament finishing position Head-to-head  vs. Lithuania: 1.75 (Betway) – 1.5 units

GREECE:

The Greeks haven’t medalled at a world championship since they came second at the 2006 World Championships. However, for the first time, they can say that they will have the best player in the tournament.

That would be, The Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis had a career season with the Milwaukee Bucks with a 27.7 point, 12.5 rebound, and 5.9 assist average during last season.

The reigning NBA MVP  will make the 8th ranked Greek squad a dark horse threat to win the whole thing, but his teammates will have to prove that they can knock down shots from the outside.

Expectations:  Quarter-final

Strengths: Athleticism, transition, inside scoring

Weaknesses: Outside scoring

FIBA World Cup Tips

  • Top points scorer: Giannis Antetokounmpo @ 5.0   (Betway)  / @ 4.5 (Betsafe) – 1 unit
  • To qualify for semi-final @ 1.85 (Bwin) – 1.5 units

AUSTRALIA:

Australia only made the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup. Despite the absence of star point guard Ben Simmons, the Boomers are still an incredibly talented side.

Led by savvy veterans from the worlds best league. The backcourt duo of Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova. Mills has been a notable contributor for the San Antonio Spurs and has an NBA ring, while Dellavedova has also won the title with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Small forward Joe Ingles had another solid season with the Utah Jazz, and veteran Andrew Bogut will join forces with Aron Baynes under the rim.

Expectations:  Quarter-final

Strengths: Scoring inside and outside, Experience

Weaknesses: Wing depth

FIBA World Cup Tips

  • To qualify for quarter-final:   2.0 Bwin) – 1 unit

ARGENTINA:

Argentina has the most experienced and the deepest team of all eight in Group A and B part of the draw. They have a big chance to advance to quarter-finals.   In a surprise move, Luis Scola rejoins his fellow Argentinians for the tournament in China. It’s spectacular to see Scola still playing at 39 years old. He averaged 19.7 points and 10.1 rebounds with the  Shanghai Sharks last season.

He’s showing he’s still capable of making an impact on the floor. He also guided Argentina to a championship at the Pan American Games in Peru this year.

Expectations:  Quarter-final

Strengths: Experience

Weaknesses: Defense

FIBA World Cup Tips

  • Group B winner:  1.9 (Betway) / 1.85 (Bwin) – 1 unit

CHINA:

The host of the tournament is the early favourite to advance from group A, which is the weakest one of all. They will compete with Ivory Coast, Poland, and Venezuela. The young roster includes two players with NBA experience.

31-year-old Yi Jianlian is a wily veteran among Chinese big men, a player who has appeared on several NBA rosters and young center Zhou Qi who put up a  25.5 point and 10 rebound average in FIBA qualifiers. He has experience playing against NBA players, having spent time with the Houston Rockets.

Expectations:  2nd Round

Strengths: Athleticism, home court

Weaknesses:  Experience, scoring

FIBA World Cup Tips

  • Best Asian team:  1.55 (Betsafe) / 1.45 Betway) – 3 units
  • Group A winner:   2.1 (Betway) / 2.1 (Betsafe)  / 2.4 (Bwin) – 1 unit

Lithuania:

The Lithuanians get it done at the international level, not finishing out of the top 4 at major tournaments in the current decade. 

Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas form as talented a frontcourt as you’ll see in China. Sabonis is coming off a 14.1-point and 9.3-rebound average with the Indiana Pacers last season.The 7-foot center Valančiūnas averaged double-doubles with the Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies in 2018-19. Lithuania will battle with Australia for first place in Group H. 

Expectations:  Quarter-final

Strengths: Inside scoring

Weaknesses:  Transition offense 

FIBA World Cup Tips

  • Group H winner: @ 2.5 (Betway) – 1 unit

USA

The USA won two previous World Cups and has a chance to be the first team to win three straight. They are heavy favourites like always but if you compare 2019 roster to former teams, there are plenty of doubts.

The list of players that declined invitations this year contains more than 15 names. Coach Greg Popovic has at his disposal 2 out of 24 All-Stars from 2019 and only couple of rotation players, Harrison Barnes and Mason Plumlee, have international experience from the previous competition.

USA will easily advance to quarter-finals however recently  Australia defeated them in an exhibition game which shows that they can be beaten when in a win-or-go-home scenario.

No value on the USA in this tournament – No Bets


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