2019 Basketball World Cup Tips

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There are few better betting events in world sport than the Basketball World Cup and to celebrate, we will be offering Daily Basketball World Cup tips all tournament long.

There is always plenty of value to be found and that is sure to be the case again this year.

Keep coming back every day to check out our latest tips and we are confident we will back plenty of winners!

Sunday 15th September

3rd Place Game

France Vs Australia

Sunday September 15th, 6:00pm, Beijing

Australia’s gold medal hopes were dashed on Friday night as they lost a double overtime thriller to Spain.

It was a strong showing from the Boomers in the first three quarters as they held a handy lead over the tournament favourites. Unfortunately, though, a lack of composure around the rim and some nasty foul trouble eventually opened the door for Spain to race away with a seven-point victory.

France pulled off the biggest upset of the entire tournament earlier in the week defeating the USA by 10-points. Like Australia, the Semi’s weren’t quite so kind as France bowed out to Argentina in a double-digit loss.

Australia find themselves as the underdog again on Sunday night, but with a medal still on the line, you can bet the Boomers will have plenty of motivation to finish with bronze for their troubles.

Australia’s shooting was brilliant in the first half, right before Spain shutdown Patty Mills. Matthew Dellavedova and Nic Kay missed some easy shots in the dying stages, but it’s worth backing the pair to finish off the tournament strongly.

France are a dangerous side from mid-range, but their three-point shooting let them down against Argentina. Considering Mills has been the highest scoring player in the World Cup and Australia’s shooting remains on point, it’s worth backing the Boomers to bounce-back.

Tip: Back Australia to Win @ $2.15

Final

Argentina Vs Spain

Sunday September 15th, 10:00pm, Beijing

Spain are the heavy favourites to win their second World Cup gold medal after coming back from a big deficit on Friday night against Australia.

The Spaniards entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed and have since been one of the most consistent scoring sides in the entire tournament.

Argentina’s path to the final has also been impressive. Four straight double-digit wins, including Friday night’s 80-66 victory over France, makes Argentina a real shot to upset the favourites on Sunday.

There’s certainly no love lost between these two sides, and with some elite level NBA talent on the floor, you can expect plenty of points.

Marc Gasol was the standout for Spain against the Boomers as the Toronto Raptors’ big man finished with 33-points. Most of them came off the pick-n-roll, as the Aussies failed to defend him from the perimeter.

Argentina can match Gasol’s shooting, though. The underdogs rank fifth in points-per-game during the World Cup, largely thanks to Luis Scola – who put up 28-points against France.

These two sides are great in transition, which means we should see a fast-flowing game. With all that in mind, back the Overs and Argentina to keep this close.

Tip: Over 155.5 Total Points @ $2.10 and Argentina to Cover the Line (+4 Points) @ $1.91

Saturday 14th September

Class 5-8 Games

USA Vs Poland

Saturday September 14th, 6:00pm, Beijing

USA’s confidence appears to have been zapped following back-to-back losses to France and Spain.

Even so, Team USA has still opened as 21.5-point favourites on Saturday night, which looks just about right following Poland’s 10-point loss to the Cczech Republic on Thursday.

The Dream Team didn’t do a whole lot wrong against Spain, but their lack of three-point shooting continues to hurt them.

Poland, meanwhile, also struggles from beyond the arc, and with both teams a little down on confidence, it’s worth backing backing this one to be low-scoring.

Tip: Under 167.5 Total Points @ $1.91

Serbia Vs Czech Republic

Saturday September 14th, 10:00pm, Beijing

Serbia one of the favourites to challenge the USA this year, and they did just that on Thursday night defeating the Dream Team by five points.

Unfortunately, the win wasn’t quite as important with no medal on the line, but Serbia can still take confidence in their shooting display after nailing 50% of their shots from the field.

The Czech Republic has plenty to be proud of despite their no-show performances against Greece and Australia this week. A big win over Poland on Thursday was worth celebrating though, particularly for a team that ranks first in double-doubles.

The line has been set at 11.5-points in favour of Serbia, which looks a little generous. Considering how well the Czech Republic are shooting the ball, back them to Cover.

Tip: Back the Czech Republic to Cover the Line (+11.5 Points) @ $1.91

Friday 13th September

Semi-Finals

Spain Vs Australia

Friday September 13th, 6:00pm, Beijing

Spain 95 - Australia 88 2OT

Undefeated Spain and Australia square off on Friday night with a spot in the final up for grabs.

Both sides are well rested following their Quarter-Final matches, but it’s Australia who have opened as the underdogs.

The Aussies made short work of the Czech Republic on Wednesday winning comfortably by 12-points. Not for the first time, Patty Mills went off with 24-points and six assists, helping Australia shoot 48% from the field.

Like the Boomers, Spain has survived a few scares during the tournament. They’ve recently steadied over the last week though, trumping Poland by 12-points during the Quarter-Finals.

Australia has been a much more efficient scoring side so far, averaging 10-points more per-game. The Boomers will be full of confidence following Team USA’s early upset, but they’ll need to knuckle down defensively against a Spain side that has committed the fewest turnovers of the remaining contenders.

The Boomers can win this game if Mills finds space on the perimeter, as we’ve already seen Spain fall victim to shots from beyond the arc. Iran shot 44% from three earlier in the tournament, and with plenty of accurate shooters in the starting five, Australia has the weapons to win this.

Tip: Back Australia to Cover the Line (+3.5) Points @ $1.91

Argentina Vs France

Friday September 13th, 10:00pm, Beijing

Argentina 88 - France 66

Wednesday night’s historic win over Team USA on Wednesday has seen France firm into favourtism as they prepare to face Argentina.

The French shot a whopping 55% from the field against the USA, also finishing with 44 rebounds and three steals.

Argentina are no easy-beat though, as Serbia found out the hard way on Tuesday. Luis Scola put up 20-points on 7-from-13 shooting, also chipping in with five rebounds and a steal.

France look tough to beat, but Argentina also looks a little over the odds at their current price. Argentina are a much more experienced team than the French, having won the third-most World Cup games behind only Brazil and the USA.

Backing Argentina outright looks profitable, but considering France are averaging just shy of 90 points-per-game, play it safe with the line.

Tip: Back Argentina to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.91

Thursday 12th September

Class 5-8 Games

Serbia Vs USA

Thursday September 12th, 9:00pm, Dongguan

Serbia 94 - USA 89

Neither of these sides will be happy with how this year’s World Cup has played out, particularly with the pair tipped to wind up in the final.

Team USA fell by 10 points to France on Wednesday night, largely due to their shocking three-point shooting. It’s been a problem all tournament for the Americans, which spells bad news against a Serbia side shooting 40% from beyond the arc.

Serbia are the underdogs heading into this consolation game following their own 10-point loss to Argentina. The Serbs uncharacteristically struggled to find points from the perimiter, but on the plus side, Serbia’s tall timber controlled the rebounds.

Serbia deserve a mulligan for Tueday night’s game, particularly since they rank first in field-goal percentage. With criticism and doubt circling, it’s worth backing against Team USA.

Tip: Back Serbia to Win @ $2.38

Poland Vs Czech Republic

Thursday September 12th, 11:00pm, Shanghai

Poland 84 - Czech Republic 94

Tip: Back the Czech Republic to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.91

Wednesday 11th September

Quarter-Finals

USA Vs France

Wednesday September 11th, 9:00pm, Dongguan

USA 79 - France 89

The line has been set at 7.5 for Wednesday night’s Quarter-Finals clash between the USA and France.

Team USA remains undefeated following Monday nights 89-73 victory over Brazil, and although the Americans remain outright tournament favourites, there’s still a lot left for Jeff Van Gundy’s side to accomplish.

So far, the USA rank seventh in points-per-game, a not-so convincing statistic for a team choc-full of NBA talent. The Americans are shooting well below 35% from beyond the arc.

France, meanwhile, secured the bronze medal during the 2014 World Cup, and they’ll certainly take plenty of positives away from their narrow Round Two loss to Australia last week.

On one hand, you can’t back the French at their current price, but the Overs still looks to be a worthwhile play. France ranks fourth in points-per-game and also holds the highest three-point shooting percentage among the remaining contending teams.

Tip: Over 166.5 Total Points @ $1.91, Evan Fournier Over 17.5 Total Points @ $1.83, Kemba Walker Over 5.5 Assists @ $1.73

Australia Vs Czech Republic

Wednesday September 10th, 11:00pm, Shanghai

Asutralia 82 - Czech Republic 70

The Aussies staved off a very resilient French side on Monday night thanks to a brilliant shooting display from Patty Mills and Joe Ingles.

Not surprisingly, the Boombers are the firm favourites on Wednesday night, but they still need to treat the Czech Republic with respect if they wish to move on to the Semi-Finals.

The Czech Republic have lost twice during this year’s tournament to the USA and Greece. They do, however, own wins over Turkey and Brazil as well as the fifth-highest field-goal percentage.

Australia’s pinpoint shooting should be enough to see them through, but they’ll need to work hard for boards if they wish to avoid another nail-biter like the one they endured against France.

The Czech Republic are averaging the third-most rebounds-per-game of the remaining contenders, so don’t be surprised if they keep this one close.

Tip: Back the Czech Republic to Cover the Line (+9.5 Points) @ $1.80

Tuesday 10th September

Quarter-Finals

Argentina Vs Serbia

Tuesday September 10th, 9:00pm, Dongguan

Argentina 97 - Serbia 87

Two tournament heavyweights clash on Tuesday night as Argentina hopes to keep their World Cup undefeated streak alive.

Sunday nights huge 27-point win over Poland was something special, but Argentina still find themselves as the outsiders heading into this fixture.

Serbia looked almost untouchable prior to Sunday nights loss to Spain. The Serbs struggled mightily from beyond the arc shooting just 15%, but with the second-best three-point shooting percentage in the tournament, you can expect a big bounce-back against Argentina.

These two sides currently rank Top 10 in points-per-game, field goal percentage and three-point shooting. Combined, the pair have put up 90-points or more on their opponents seven times this year, so back this one to be high-scoring.

Tip: Over 163.5 Total Points @ $1.91

Spain Vs Poland

Tuesday September 10th, 11:00pm, Shanghai

Spain 90 - Poland 78

These two sides found themselves at opposite ends of the scoreboard on Sunday night.

Spain kept their undefeated streak alive with an upset win over Serbia, while Poland saw their winning streak snapped in a blowout loss to Argentina.

The bookies are well in favour of Spain in this one with a whopping -15.5 margin set, and it’s difficult to disagree. Poland’s mid-range defence struggled on Sunday, allowing Argentina to shoot close to 70% from inside the arc.

Tip: Back Spain to Cover the Line (-15.5 Points) @ $1.91

Sunday 8th September

Second Round

Venezuela Vs Russia

Sunday September 7th, 6:00pm, Foshan

Venezuela 60 - Russia 69

Tip: Back Russia to Cover the Line (-7.5 Points) @ $1.91

Ivory Coast Vs Korea

Sunday September 7th, 6:00pm, Guangzhou

Ivory Coast 71 - Korea 80

There’s plenty of value on offer in this game between two sides that remain winless to start the tournament.

The Ivory Coast has opened as the favourite, but on the heels of a 17-point defeat to Nigeria on Friday night, it’s difficult to find a ton of confidence.

Korea, meanwhile, fell to a similar fate to Nigeria, right before coming within five points of China. It’s difficult to trust either offence, but with upsets happening each and every night, Korea are still worth a small wager.

Tip: Back Korea to Win @ $2.25

Tunisia Vs Angola

Sunday September 7th, 6:00pm, Beijing

Tunisia 86 - Angola 84

Tip: No Bet

Puerto Rico Vs Italy

Sunday September 7th, 6:30pm, Wuhan

Puerto Rico 89 - Italy 94

Tip: Italy to Cover the Line

Poland Vs Argentina

Sunday September 7th, 10:00pm, Foshan

Poland 65 - Argentina 91

Tip: Back Argentina to Win @ $1.25

China Vs Nigeria

Sunday September 7th, 10:00pm, Guangzhou

China 73 - Nigeria 86

Nigeria’s big names continue to dominate as one of the tournament’s biggest underdogs currently ranks Top 10 in points-per-game.

Al Faroug Aminu and Ike Diogu have both been enormous for the Nigerian team and considering the hosts have managed only two wins over the Ivory Coast and Korea, it’s difficult to see China coming anywhere near close.

Tip: Back Nigeria to Cover the Line

Iran Vs Philippines

Sunday September 7th, 6:00pm, Beijing

Iran 95 - Philippines 75

Tip: Back the Philippines to Cover the Line

Spain Vs Serbia

Saturday September 7th, 10:30pm, Wuhan

Spain 81 - Serbia 69

Tip: Back Spain to Win @ $3.75

Saturday 7th September

Second Round

New Zealand Vs Japan

Saturday September 7th, 5:30pm, Dongguan

New Zealand 111 - Japan 81

New Zealand open at a very short price ahead of Saturday’s clash against Japan.

The Kiwis came within six points of Greece on Thursday night, but have so registered just one win over Montenegro during the tournament. The same can’t be said for their opponents though, as Japan has lost their opening three matches including Thursday’s 53-point defeat at the hands of Team USA.

New Zealand surprisingly rank second in points-per-game so far, and with Japan surrendering points at will, it’s worth backing the Tall Blacks to put up big points early.

Tip: Back New Zealand to Cover the 1st Half Spread (-9.5 Points) @ $1.83

Australia Vs Dominican Republic

Saturday September 7th, 6:00pm, Nanjing

Australia 82 - Dominican Republic 76

Australia’s huge underdog win against Lithuania earlier in the week leaves the Boomers in firm control looking ahead to the finals.

Still undefeated, the Aussies have opened at unbackable odds ahead of Saturday’s game against the Dominican Republic, but this will be a huge test of the Boomers’ maturity against a much lesser opponent.

To their credit, the Dominican Republic have opened the tournament 2-1 thanks to a pair of close wins over Jordan and Germany. Neither team compares to the class of Australia but considering two of the Boomers’ three games have seen over 160-points, the Overs looks to be the most valuable play.

Tip: Over 162 Points @ $1.80


Canada Vs Jordan

Saturday September 7th, 6:00pm, Shanghai

Canada 126 - Jordan 71

Tip: No Bet

Brazil Vs Czech Republic

Saturday September 7th, 6:30pm, Shenzhen

Brazil 71 - Czech Republic 93

It’s been a slow start to the tournament for Brazil despite their flawless undefeated record.

One of the favourites to challenge Team USA, Brazil is yet to beat an opponent by more than 11-points, which should fill the Czech Republic full of confidence as they prepare for their first second-round fixture.

The Czech Republic has been of the surprise standouts so far earning wins over Japan and Turkey earlier in the week. Currently, the Czech team is shooting well over 40% from the field and beyond the arc, which makes them a really strong bet to put some pressure on one of the tournament’s heavyweights.

Tip: Back the Czech Republic to Cover the Line (+7.5 Points) @ $1.70

Turkey Vs Montenegro

Saturday September 7th, 9:30pm, Dongguan

Turkey 79 - Montenegro 74

Tip: Back Turkey to Win @ $1.25

France Vs Lithuania

Saturday September 7th, 10:00pm, Nanjing

France 78 - Lithuania 75

France remains a perfect 3-0 to start the tournament, but this will be their first big test against a finals calibre side after wins over Germany, Jordan and the Dominican Republic.

Lithuania is choc-full of NBA talent, namely Jonas Valanciunas and Domantas Sabonis. Both give Lithuania a tremendous height advantage, but France also has plenty of top-level talent to match in the form of Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier and Frank Ntilikina.

You could argue Lithuania look well over the odds at their current price, especially after their narrow loss to Australia. Considering the class on the court and the fact both sides rank Top 10 in points-per-game though, the Overs is the play.

Tip: Over 153.5 Total Points @ $1.91

Germany Vs Senegal

Saturday September 7th, 10:30pm, Shenzhen

Germany 89 - Senegal 78

Tip: Over 149 Total Points @ $1.91

USA Vs Greece

Saturday September 7th, 10:30pm, Wuhan

USA 69 - Greece 53

Team USA proved they were half-human earlier in the week as they stumbled on their way to a lucky one-point victory over Turkey.

Since then, the USA has gone on to punish Japan in a blowout victory, but the favourites still have plenty of work to do if they wish to claim their fifth gold medal.

Greece bounced back from their narrow loss to Brazil on Tuesday night with a not-so convincing six-point victory over New Zealand. So far Greece has been largely underwhelming, which lends itself to the odds ahead of Saturday nights game.

Despite the lack of value head-to-head, there’s still plenty of money to be made in the player performance market. Kemba Walker has been Team USA’s leading points scorer so far, while Giannis Antetokounmpo has averaged just over 7.0 rebounds a game.

Tip: Kemba Walker Over 14.5 Total Points, Giannis Antetokounmpo Under 9.5 Rebounds

Saturday 31st August

First Round

Angola Vs Serbia

Saturday August 31st, 5:30pm, Foshan

Serbia 105 - Angola 59

Serbia open as 28-point favourites against Angola on Saturday night after a highly successful run in the leadup to this year’s tournament. The Serbs disposed of the Giannis Antetokounmpo led Greece late last year before earning a blowout win over Israel in February. They are currently pegged as one Team USA’s biggest threats, largely due to NBA starting talent Nikola Jokic (Nuggets), Boban Marjanonvic (76ers) and the Kings’ Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica. Angola has plenty of history on their side as they prepare for their eighth World Cup appearance, but with next to no NBA talent on their roster against a team made up of tall timber, it’s difficult to see this game being close.

Tip: Back Serbia to Cover the Line (-28.5 Points) @ $1.91


Poland Vs Venezuela

Saturday August 31st, 6:00pm, Beijing

Poland 80 - Venezuela 69

Poland opens as the heavy favourites against Venezuela despite three straight losses in the DBB Supercup. There are very few household names on either roster, but this is still a crucial game for Poland as they’ve drawn a tricky Group A draw alongside China. The winner of this game will likely move on to the Second Round, and with Venezuela struggling for form with a pair of qualifying losses to the Dominican Republic and Canada earlier in the year, it’s not surprising to see them open as long outsiders. You’ll have to get creative to find some value in this market though, so it’s just as well Poland possesses a strong core of young players like Mateusz Ponitka who are capable of putting big points on the board.

Tip: Over 145.5 Total Points @ $1.91

Russia Vs Nigeria

Saturday August 31st, 6:30pm, Wuhan

Russia 82 - Nigeria 77

Al-Farouq Aminu is the headliner in the Nigerian team this year after averaging 9.4 points-per-game last season as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. Nigeria’s small forward is also a potent rebounder averaging just over seven boards a game, while Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Josh Okogie should compliment Aminu’s style of play with some stern defence on the other end. That being said, Russia do look a little over the odds at this price. Nigeria struggled in its qualifying games earlier this year losing to the Ivory Coast and Senegal, while the Russians made short work of the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Finland. Currently ranked No. 10 in the world, Russia looks nice value after making the preliminary round in each of their last four appearances.

Tip: Russia to Win @ $2.50


Iran Vs Puerto Rico

Saturday August 31st, 6:30pm, Guangzhou

Iran 81 - Puerto Rico 83

Iran are the more experienced side in this game as they look to open the tournament with a win over Puerto Rico. Both teams hold plenty of experience in the World Cup, but Puerto Rico’s young roster could leave them vulnerable on Saturday. Iran are choc-full of veterans as they look to progress further than the preliminary round for the first time in the team’s history. Benhnam Yakhchali, Hamed Haddadi and Samad Nikkhah make up part of a talented starting five, which could send Puerto Rico their fourth straight opening game loss.

Tip: Back Iran to Win @ $2.20

Philippines Vs Italy

Saturday August 31st, 9:30pm, Foshan

Phillipines 62 - Italy 108

Tip: Back Italy to Cover the Line (-17.5 Points) @ $1.90

Ivory Coast Vs China

Saturday August 31st, 10:00pm, Wukesong

Ivory Coast 55 - China 70

China has their sights set on glory this year after missing the 2014 World Cup in Spain. The hosts even competed in the NBA’s Summer League as preparation for the tournament, which spells further bad news for the Ivory Coast. After drawing an extremely competitive Group A, Ivory Coast looks destined to finish inside the bottom four for the fourth time in a row. China are made up of a talented team of big men including Yi Jianlian, the modern-day equivalent of Yao Ming, and Guo Ailun, a small point guard capable of scoring points in a hurry. With a rather generous first half line set, China should have no problem leading by plenty at the main break.

Tip: Back China to Cover the 1st Half Spread (-6.5 Points) @ $1.90

Argentina Vs Korea

Saturday August 31st, 10:30pm, Wuhan

Argenina 95 - Korea 69

Tip: Back Argentina to Cover the 1st Half Spread (-11 Points) @ $1.90

Spain Vs Tunisia

Saturday August 31st, 10:30pm, Guangzhou

Span 101 - Tunisia 62

Tip: Over 147.5 Total Points @ $1.90

Sunday 1st September

Canada Vs Australia

Sunday September 1st, 5:30pm, Dongguan

Canada 92 - Australia 108

Australia rolls into their World Cup opener full of confidence after a big warm-up win over Team USA last weekend. The Aussies are also full of experience as they prepare for their 12th appearance in the World Cup – the most for any team in the Asia zone.

Canada will be making their 14th World Cup appearance this year on the heels of three convincing qualifying wins. Unlike Australia, there aren’t many NBA worthy names in the starting five, but Orlando Magic center Khem Birch should be worth a watch after shooting 60% from the bench last season.

Australia has won seven of their last 11 Preliminary Round Games, while Canada has lost their last nine. With Patty Mills in form and Aron Baynes controlling the boards, the Aussies should build a handy lead early.

Tip: Back Australia to Cover the 1st Half Spread (-3.5 Points) @ $1.83

New Zealand Vs Brazil

Sunday September 1st, 6:00pm, Nanjing

New Zealand 94 - Brazil 102

Pure talent alone has Brazil favoured heavily over New Zealand on Sunday. The tournament mainstays are among the favourites to challenge Team USA this year, and they certainly have plenty of speed and youth on their side in the form of Cristiano Felicio and Bruno Caboclo.

In their last 20 World Cup games, the Kiwis have seen a single-digit margin only four times. That means this opening game should be high-scoring, especially considering New Zealand’s bench is averaging 41.8 points-per-game.

Tip: Over 162.5 Total Points @ $1.70

Turkey Vs Japan

Sunday September 1st, 6:30pm, Shanghai

Turkey 86 - Japan 67

Tip: Back Turkey to Win @ $1.10

Dominican Republic Vs Jordan

Sunday September 1st, 6:30pm, Shenzhen

Dominican Republic 80 - Jordan 76

Tip: Under 154.5 Total Points @ $1.91

Senegal Vs Lithuania

Sunday September 1st, 9:30pm, Dongguan

Senegal 47 - Lithuania 101

Lithuania are the team to beat in Group H as they hope to make the final for the first time. Nothing will come easy, particularly with Australia and Canada in the same bracket, but Lithuania’s tall timber should do most of the talking in this opener against Senegal.

Combined, Jonas Valanciunas and Domantas Sabonis averaged close to 20 rebounds per-game in the NBA last season, giving Lithania strong protection around the rim. Both are also capable mid-range shooters that should make life extremely difficult against a Senegal side that won only two games during the 2014 World Cup.

Tip: Back Lithuania to Cover the Line (-25.5 Points) @ $1.91

Greece Vs Montenegro

Sunday September 1st, 10:00pm, Nanjing

Greece 85 - Montenegro 60

Giannis Antetokounmpo might single-handedly carry Greece through to the finals for the second World Cup in a row.

After earning a silver medal in 2014, the Greek Freak is one of the NBA’s top calling cards this year. The only player to score 300-points in a single World Cup tournament, Nikos Galis, also played for Greece, a record the reigning NBA MVP is more than capable of achieving.

Greece won’t have any trouble scoring points, but they do to knuckle down defensively this year. In the 2014 World Cup, Greece averaged 81 points offensively and allowed 73.2 points on the other end. With that in mind, play on the Overs.

Tip: Over 150.5 Total Points @ $1.91


Czech Republic Vs USA

Sunday September 1st, 10:30pm, Shanghai

Czech Republic 67 - USA 88

USA to Cover the Line (-32.5 Points) @ $1.91


France Vs Germany

Sunday September 1st, 10:30pm, Shenzhen

France 78 - Germany 74

Under 152.5 Total Points @ $1.91

Monday 2nd September

Italy Vs Angola

Monday September 2nd, 5:30pm, Foshan

Italy 92 - Angola 61

Venezuela Vs Ivory Coast

Monday September 2nd, 6:00pm, Wukesong

Venezuela 87 - Ivory Coast 71

Nigeria Vs Argentina

Monday September 2nd, 6:30pm, Wuhan

Nigeria 81 - Argentina 94

Tunisia Vs Iran

Monday September 2nd, 6:30pm, Guangzhou

Tunisia 79 - Iran 67

Serbia Vs Philippines

Monday September 2nd, 9:30pm, Foshan

Servia 126 - Phillipines 67

China Vs Poland

Monday September 2nd, 10:00pm, Wukesong

China 76 - Poland 79

Korea Vs Russia

Monday September 2nd, 10:30pm, Wuhan

Korea 73 - Russia 87

Puerto Rico Vs Spain

Monday September 2nd, 10:30pm, Guangzhou

Puerto Rico 63 - Spain 73

Tuesday 3rd September

Australia Vs Senegal

Tuesday September 3rd, 5:30pm, Dongguan

Australia 81 - Senegal 68

The Aussies survived a first-half scare during Sunday’s opener against Canada to go on and win by 16-points. Matthew Dellavedova led the way with 24-points, five rebounds and five assists, leaving Australia as whopping 38-point favourites ahead of Tuesday night’s game against Senegal.

Making just their fifth World Cup appearance, Senegal were no match for powerhouse Lithuania over the weekend losing by 53-points. The tough strength of schedule basically doomed Senegal from the beginning, and with only two wins in 16 preliminary games to their name, it’s hard to see them putting any pressure on Australia.

For some added value, it’s also worth noting Senegal allowed just over 81 points-per-game during the 2014 World Cup, which makes the line and the Overs a handy play.

Tip: Australia to Cover the Line (-35.5 Points) & Over 165.5 Total Points @ $3.60

Montenegro Vs New Zealand

Tuesday September 3rd, 6:00pm, Nanjing

Montenegro 83 - New Zealand 93

Both sides proved no match for their respective opponents in the opening round. Even with Giannis Antetokounmpo playing limited minutes, Montenegro still fell comfortably to Greece. New Zealand, on the other hand, managed to put a scare into Brazil losing by only eight-points – a result that leaves the Kiwis looking a little over the odds at their current price.

Despite their lack of World Cup success, New Zealand are by far the more experienced side on paper. The Kiwis are taking part in their sixth World Cup, compared to Montenegro, who make up one of two new debutants this year.

New Zealand can take plenty of confidence away from their loss to Brazil after shooting close to 50% from the field. Better accuracy from beyond the arc and fewer turnovers should leave the Kiwis a real chance to pull off an upset in this one.

Tip: Back New Zealand to Win @ $2.63

Japan Vs Czech Republic

Tuesday September 3rd, 6:30pm, Shanghai

Japan 76 - Czech Republic 89

The Czech Republic will be eager to bounce-back on Tuesday night after a less than competitive display against Team USA.

In their first-ever World Cup game, the debutants proved no match for the favourites losing 88-67 in a fairly one-sided affair. The good news is Japan awaits in game two, a side that was equally poor in their loss to Turkey on Sunday night.

Japan’s defence is questionable at best, which should leave plenty of opportunities open for the likes of Tomas Satoransky. The newly signed Chicago Bulls point guard was one of the few bright spots during the loss to the United States, putting up 17-points and five assists.

Satoransky averaged 5.0 assists last year with the Wizards, and considering he put up strong numbers against the tournaments top team, it’s worth backing the 27-year-old to have another big game.

Tip: Tomas Satoransky Over 5.5 Assists @ $1.83

Germany Vs Dominican Republic

Tuesday September 3rd, 6:30pm, Shenzhen

Germany 68 - Dominican Republic 70

Tip: Dennis Schroeder Over 20.5 Total Points @ $1.83

Lithuania Vs Canada

Tuesday September 3rd, 9:30pm, Dongguan

Lithuania 92 - Canada 69

The odds suggest this one should be one-sided, but after a strong first half display against Australia in their opening game, there’s plenty of reasons to believe Canada to keep this game close.

Lithuania tore apart Senegal by 53-points on Sunday night – a result you’d expect from one of Team USA’s top competitors. Even so, Canada have typically played well defensively during World Cup tournaments, allowing just under 80-points per-game to opponents.

Tip: Under 82.5 1st Half Points @ $1.83

Brazil Vs Greece

Tuesday September 3rd, 10:00pm, Nanjing

Brazil 79 - Greece 78

Tip: Over 155 Total Points @ $1.80

USA Vs Turkey

Tuesday September 3rd, 10:30pm, Shanghai

USA 93 - Turkey 92

Tip: USA to Win & Under 170.5 Total Points @ $1.95

Jordan Vs France

Tuesday September 3rd, 10:30pm, Shenzhen

Jordan 63 - France 103

Tip: France to Cover the 1st Half Spread (-15.5 Points) @ $1.83

Wednesday 4th September

Angola Vs Philippines

Wednesday September 4th, 5:30pm, Foshan

Angola 84 - Philippines 81

Angola are one of the more experienced sides in this year’s World Cup tournament, but they certainly haven’t played like it so far. Back-to-back losses to Serbia and Italy have doomed Angola from the very beginning, but the good news is, nine of their 14 World Cup wins have come against Asian nations.

The Philippines have also struggled to turn up in their opening two games, failing to put up over 70-points in each. Considering there’s a generous line set in the first half, it’s worth backing Angola to Cover.

Tip: Back Angola to Cover the 1st Half Spread (-2.5 Points) @ $1.83

Ivory Coast Vs Poland

Wednesday September 4th, 6:00pm, Wukesong

Ivory Coast 63 - Poland 80

Tip: Under 72.5 Total First Half Points @ $1.83


Korea Vs Nigeria

Wednesday September 4th, 6:30pm, Wuhan

Korea 66 - Nigeria 108

Tip: Back Nigeria to Cover the First Quarter Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.83


Puerto Rico Vs Tunisia

Wednesday September 4th, 6:30pm, Ghangzhou

Puerto Rico 67 - Tunisia 64

Both of these sides head into their third game of the tournament with only one win over Iran, making Wednesday nights matchup pivotal if either team hopes to advance to the second round.

Puerto Rico did well to come within 10-points of Spain on Monday, largely due to Gian Clavell and Gary Browne’s double-digit performances.

Tunisia, meanwhile, lost by 39-points to Spain before handing Iran a 13-point loss. In their last five World Cup games dating back to 2014, Tunisia has lost by an average scoring margin of 26 points.

Considering Puerto Rico has much more tournament experience on their side, they should win this one comfortably. Neither side are averaging over 75 points-per-game so far though, so it’s worth including the Unders.

Tip: Back Puerto Rico to Win & Under Under 146.5 Total Points

Italy Vs Serbia

Wednesday September 4th, 9:30pm, Foshan

Italy 77 - Serbia 92

Tip: Over 79.5 Total First Half Points @ $1.83

Venezuela Vs China

Wednesday September 4th, 10:00pm, Beijing

Venezuela 72 - China 59

Tip: China to Win @ $1.36

Russia Vs Argentina

Wednesday September 4th, 10:30pm, Wuhan

Russia 61 - Argentina 69

Russia have looked impressive to start the tournament earning a pair of big wins over Nigeria and Korea. It’s almost certain they’ll meet their match in Game 3 though as they prepare to face unbeaten Argentina on Wednesday night.

Argentina are one of the favourites to challenge Team USA this year, and their stats don’t lie. Argentina is shooting well over 40% from the field and beyond the arc, while they’ve also secured the most defensive rebounds of any team so far.

Much of the credit goes to Luis Scola, who is averaging over 26 points-per-game and just over nine rebounds. With some value on offer in the Player Performance market, it’s worth backing the 39-year-old to have another big game.

Tip: Luis Scola Over 17.5 Points & Over 8.5 Rebounds

Spain Vs Iran

Wednesday September 4th, 10:30pm, Guangzhou

Spain 73 - Iran 65

Tip: Back Spain to Cover the Line

Thursday 5th September

Canada Vs Senegal

Thursday September 5th, 5:30pm, Dongguan

Canada 82 - Senegal 60

Canada remains winless through two games but find themselves as the short-priced favourite against the equally luckless Senegal.

Both sides have lost to Australia and Lithuania respectively, but one quick look at the stats suggests Canada should have no trouble earning their first win of the tournament on Thursday night.

Senegal has scored the fewest points-per-game in this year’s World Cup and are also shooting just 33.3% from the field. Defensively Canada has struggled, but they’ve still made their opponents work by shooting just under 50%.

At the same time, Canada ranks dead last in rebounds, which suggests Senegal should have plenty of chances to score in transition. Both sides have allowed their opponents to score 80 points or more so far, making the Overs a worthwhile bet.

Tip: Over 159 Total Points @ $1.80


Brazil Vs Montenegro

Thursday September 5th, 6:00pm, Nanjing

Brazil 84 - Montenegro 73

Brazil remains undefeated so far having survived a narrow one-point scare against Greece on Tuesday.

Montenegro, meanwhile, remain winless having lost two blowout games to Greece and New Zealand.

As the odds suggest, Brazil should have no trouble winning this game, but there’s every chance it turns out to be low scoring. Both sides rank outside the Top 20 in field goals made per game, while Brazil allowed only 65 average points to their opponents during the World Cup qualifiers.

Tip: Under 156.5 Total Points @ $2.10

Turkey Vs Czech Republic

Thursday September 5th, 6:30pm, Shanghai

Turkey 76 - Czech Republic 91

Tip: Jaromir Bohacik Over 14.5 Total Points @ $1.83

Germany Vs Jordan

Thursday September 5th, 6:30pm, Shenzhen

Germany 96 - Jordan 62

Dennis Schroder Under 20.5 Total Points @ $1.83

Lithuania Vs Australia

Thursday September 5th, 9:30pm, Dongguan

Lithuania 82 - Australia 87

Australia faces a big test on Thursday night as they square off against undefeated Lithuania.

So far, the Aussies remain perfect through two games, but the Boomers are yet to string together four consistent quarters of play.

Lithuania ranks second in points-per-game so far, while Australia ranks third. The two have been enormous on offence, but the Aussies could hold a distinct advantage in three-point shooting.

Australia has shot 40% from the beyond the arc, compared to Lithuania, who are shooting just 30%. If the Aussies can limit Lithuania’s space and keep the turnovers to a minimum, there’s no reason they can’t win this.

Tip: Australia to Win @ $2.38

Thursday 5th September

Greece Vs New Zealand

Thursday September 5th, 10:00pm, Nanjing

Greece 103 - New Zealand 97

Tip: Back New Zealand to Cover the Line


USA Vs Japan

Thursday September 5th, 10:30pm, Shanghai

USA 98 - Japan 45

Tip: USA to Cover the Line (-25.5 Points) & Over 163.5 Total Points @ $1.91


Dominican Republic Vs France

Thursday September 5th, 10:30pm, Shenzhen

Dominican Republic 56 - France 90

Tip: Over 154.5 Total Points @ $1.91

Friday 6th September

Poland Vs Russia

Friday September 6th, 6:00pm, Foshan

Poland 79 - Russia 74

Poland remains undefeated through three games following Wednesday nights blowout win over the Ivory Coast.

Russia, one of the surprise packets of the tournament, lost their first game to Argentina earlier in the week, but the market still presents tremendous value as these two sides square off in the second round.

Both sides have piled on plenty of points in their opening three games, but neither is shooting anywhere near 40% from three-point land. These two sides have averaged just over 75 points a game so far, so back the Under with confidence.

Tip: Under 147.5 Total Points @ $1.90


Nigeria Vs Ivory Coast

Friday September 6th, 6:00pm, Guangzhou

Nigeria 83 - Ivory Coast 66

Tip: Under 157.5 Total Points @ $1.91


Angola Vs Iran

Friday September 6th, 6:00pm, Wukesong

Angola 62 - Iran 71

Iran look way under the odds at their current price despite putting a scare into Spain on Wednesday night.

Angola, meanwhile, head into the second round with only one win to their name against a hapless Philippines side.

Neither team has looked particularly impressive on either side of the ball, which makes the Total the safest play on Friday night. Both teams rank inside the bottom 10 in points-per-game so far, so the Unders should be the safest play.

Tip: Under 150.5 Total Points @ $1.80


Serbia Vs Puerto Rico

Friday September 6th, 6:30pm, Wuhan

Serbia 90 - Puerto Rico 47

Tip: Puerto Rico to Cover the 1st Half Spread (+17.5 Points) @ $1.83


Argentina Vs Venezuela

Friday September 6th, 10:00pm, Foshan

Argentina 87 - Venezuela 67

Tip: Over 153 Points @ $1.91


Tunisia Vs Philippines

Friday September 6th, 10:00pm, Foshan

Tip: Tunisia to Win @ $1.14


Spain Vs Italy

Friday September 6th, 10:30pm, Wuhan

Spain 67 - Italy 60

Tip: Spain to Cover the Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.91