There is no doubt that competitive basketball is played around the world, but all FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 predictions start from the most obvious candidate to take the gold. When 32 best national teams meet in China from August 31st to September 15th, all eyes will be on Team USA and its collection of NBA stars. United States also defends its gold medal won in Spain in 2014, and based on the expected roster will have more than enough star power to keep all rivals at bay. Of course, surprises are always possible, and several very good teams could advance far in the tournament and possibly win it if Team USA slips just once.
In this overview, we will examine Basketball World Cup betting lines and point out teams worth following as the tournaments gets closer. These FIBA Basketball World Cup betting tips will provide you with all the relevant information about the balance of power between top teams in the world and prepare you well to recognize good opportunities to place smart bets.
Formerly known as FIBA World Championships, this competition has been organized since 1950. Teams from all continents go through qualifiers in order to appear, while the overall winner is considered to be the world champion. Historically, United States and Yugoslavia were the most successful in this tournament, winning five titles each. This year’s edition will take place in China, and include 32 teams for the first time ever – 12 coming from Europe, 8 from Asia and Oceania, 7 from Americas and 5 from Africa. Because of the larger number of teams, FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 schedule will be redefined as well. There will be eight primary groups consisting of four teams each, with top two finishers in each group advancing to secondary groups. Finally, top eight teams will square off against each other in the knockout stage, culminating in the semi-finals and finals.
FIBA World Cup in 2014
2. 2019 FIBA World Cup Favourites
There is absolutely no doubt which team deserves the most attention at this tournament. All FIBA World Cup 2019 predictions position Team USA a whole level above any of the competitors. Americans are expected to bring a strong roster that includes major NBA stars, and have been building strong culture around the national team for more than a decade. Despite US superiority, World Cup will certainly feature several very interesting teams that have elite NBA players of their own.
Serbia and Spain are always strong candidates for medals, and will likely bring full rosters for a tournament of this magnitude. France, Greece and Russia shouldn’t be underestimated either, while a couple non-European nations such as Australia and Canada (and perhaps the host, China) look capable of overcoming their slim FIBA World Cup 2019 odds and delivering a surprise.
Anthony Davis and James Harden are the biggest names that confirmed participation for Team USA, with Damian Lillard, Kevin Love and Bradley Beal joining them in China this summer. Serbia will be led by the rising star Nikola Jokic, who will be flanked by solid NBA rotation players Nemanja Bjelica and Boban Marjanovic, while Spanish team will likely be headlined by Ricky Rubio and Marc Gasol. France has a few elite players as well, with Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier in the lead roles. Perhaps the biggest star of the tournament could be from a less heralded team – with Giannis Antetokounmpo, FIBA World Cup medal could be within reach for the Greek squad. Ben Simmons will try to do the same for Australia, and he will have the support of experienced pros like Andrew Bogut, Matt Dellavedova and Joe Ingles. Finally, there is no shortage of young sensations either – the first Japanese player to be picked in the first round of the draft Rui Hachimura is the name to watch at the FIBA 2019 World Cup.
Not surprisingly, when it comes to FIBA Basketball 2019 odds to win, United States is regarded as the clear frontrunner. At William Hill it’s currently possible to get just 1/8 for the US to win gold, while Betfair is willing to offer 1/6. Meanwhile, the closest challenger is Serbia, which is available in the range from 9/1 at Bet365 to 18/1 at William Hill.The next tier of countries with solid FIBA World Cup 2019 betting odds include Spain at 20/1, as well as France and Greece, both valued at 33/1. Despite presence of multiple NBA players, Australia is at 40/1 to win the trophy at most bookmakers, just slightly ahead of Lithuania, which is at 50/1. As you can see, it’s extremely risky to pick any team other than United States to win the tournament, but you can place a wide array of other wagers (i.e. reaching the finals or semifinals) that don’t carry the same risk.
5. FIBA World Cup Basketball Live Stream
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