Basketball World Cup 2019 / Argentina vs Spain – The world is going to get new basketball champion that will succeed the USA that won two previous World Cups. Two only undefeated teams will meet in the final of the World Cup in China, Argentina and Spain, which have met seven times before at World Cups out of which Spain won five games.
Game Argentina vs Spain begins 15.09.2019 at 14:00 CET
Argentina won the first World Cup in 1950 when they were hosts and had defeated the USA in the final. They lost their second World Cup final in Indianapolis in 2002, when they were lost to then Serbia and Montenegro national team after overtime. Their hero, 40-year old Scola, also played in that match, who had even 28 points and 13 rebounds in the semi-final game with France which the Argentineans won by 80-66.
Deck scored 13 points, Campazzo had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, and Wildoz 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. All of them play for Spanish clubs, except Scola, who had also played in Spain in his rich and long career. Argentina defeated South Korea 95-69, Nigeria 94-81, Russia 69-61, Venezuela 87-67, Poland 91-65 and Serbia 97-87 before the final game. Scola, with 20 points and 5 rebounds was the best in the last game alongside Campazz (16 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists).
Probable lineups Argentina: Campazzo, Brussino, Garino, Scola, Delia
Spain won the only gold medal at the World Cup right at the Asian continent – in 2006, when Japan was host of the World Cup. If the Spaniards manage to win Argentina it would be a great success for a team that arrived to China very weakened and whom no one gave much chance to go this far, especially after they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by France in the previous World Cup2014, which was played in Spain.
On their path towards the final the Spaniards defeated feeble Iran 73-65, Tunisia 101-62, Puerto Rico 73-63, Italy 67-60, the first favourite Serbia 81-69, and expected Poland in the quarter-finals 90-78. The semi-final match with Australia was a draw after the regular time 71-71 and after two overtimes they broke Australia’s resistance 95-88 and deservedly reached the finals. Marc Gasol was their best player with 33 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, and Rubio was fantastic again with 19 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds.
Probable lineups Spain: Rubio, Fernandez, J. Hernangomez, Claver, M. Gasol
Betting Pick: Argentina vs Spain
Spain had defeated Argentina 84-76 in the last preparatory match played near the end of August. The Spaniards won last four head-to-head out of which three weren’t competitive games but were part of preparations for various international competitions and one played in the group phase of the Olympic tournament 2016 when Spain won bronze and Argentina was eliminated by the USA in the quarter-finals. The Spaniards are definitely more tired after playing two overtimes in the semi-finals, which is why we would play on handicap on Argentina.
Pick: Argentina +3.5
Odds: 1.94 at 888sport (down to 1.86 can be played)
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