Basketball World Cup 2019 /Argentina vs Serbia – Argentina and Serbia will play for the semi-finals when medal winners will be decided. These two teams have met only once since Serbia became an independent country, in Turkey 2016 when Serbia won in the group by 84-32. The final of World Cup in the USA 2002 is still remembered when Serbia and Montenegro, which were one stated then, had defeated Argentina after overtime and won the gold.
Game Argentina vs Serbia begins 10.09.2019 at 13:00 CET
Argentina lost to Brazil in the round of 16 at the previous World Cup, which defeated them by sound 65-85. During preparation for the World Cup in China the Argentineans won the Pan-American Games after defeating Puerto Rico 84-66 in the final, but still no one gave them too much chance to go high at the World Cup in China. However, the Argentineans reached the quarter-finals after five sound victories.
In the first group stage they defeated South Korea 95-69, Nigeria 94-81 and Russia 69-61, and in the second group stage Venezuela 87-67 and Poland 91-65. Veteran Scola was the best player with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in game with Poland, after which they won 1st place in the Group I. However, it is hard to believe that they wanted to face Serbia in the quater-finals.
Probable lineups Argentina: Campazzo, Brussino, Garino, Scola, Delia
Before the Sunday's match against Spain which was played for 1st place in the Group J Serbia steadily marched towards the final and won by sound results Angola 105-59, Philippines 126-67, Italy 92-77 and Puerto Rico 90:47, which is why many saw it on the winners’ podium, even with a gold medal. However, the Spaniards rudely awakened them with 69-81 defeat and forced them to face Argentina.
Even 17 turnover, Bjelica's weak day (3 points and 3 rebounds), only 15 assists, out of which the playmakers shared only four (Jovic 3 and Micic 1), and near the end nervousness and sending off Jokic in the 24th minute, were a certain path toward defeat. At one point the Serbs were losing by even 21 points and the Spaniards were more aggressive. Bogdanovic was the only one with double-digit number of points and with 26 pts, 10 rebounds and 6 assists was the best player in these three categories.
Probable lineups Serbia: Jovic, Bogdanovic, Bjelica, Jokic, Milutinov
Betting Pick: Argentina vs Serbia
Serbia has demonstrated in game with Spain that has problems with aggressive defence, which the Argentines has certainly noticed and who have even more aggressive players and team leader Scola. Serbia has a better team, after all, they score on average 49.2 points while Argentina only 30.6, but has fewer rebounds than Argentina (41-39). Serbia is under stronger pressure, which defends silver, and there are Olympic and European vice-champions. We would play on handicap on Argentina.
Pick: Argentina +13
Odds: 1.84 at 888sport (down to 1.80 can be played)
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