Argentina meet France in the second semifinal of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Wukesong Arena in Beijing on Friday evening. (local time)
It’s fair to say that nobody would have anticipated Argentina and France meeting in the last four ahead of the quarterfinals, with both producing major shocks to eliminate Serbia and the USA respectively.
Argentina (who have a 100% record after six games in China) beat Serbia 89-79, with Luis Scola (who plays his basketball in China for the Shanghai Sharks) scoring 20 points and Facundo Campazzo the Player of the Game.
Evan Fournier scored 22 points for France in their surprise 89-79 win over Team USA, while Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 16 rebounds. The French were actually 66-63 adrift going into the final quarter, but showed some incredible resilience to rally and outscore the USA 26-13 in the fourth quarter to pull off a remarkable victory. The French have lost just once en route to the semifinals, a narrow 100-98 defeat to Australia.
Argentina vs France Betting Lines & Tips
In terms of Argentina vs France FIBA predictions, with such a significant scalp coming into this game, it’s no wonder that France are the betting favourites with the major sportsbooks here.
France look the likely winners in this game, but The Argentina Soul are capable of running them close, so they are the tips on the Point Spread.
Argentina v France Pick: Point Spread – Argentina +6.0 @ -111 (1.90) with bet365