Argentina will play Spain in the final of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 at the Wukesong Arena in Beijing on Sunday evening (local time).
The Argentina Soul have been the surprise package of the tournament and booked their place in the final by beating France, the conquerors of the mighty USA, in the semifinals. They defeated France 80-66, with Luis Scola scoring 28 points with 13 rebounds and two assists. Facundo Campazzo was also a key player and is a potential game-changer in the final.
Winners of the inaugural World Cup in 1950, Argentina will be seeking to win the title for the first time in 69 years. It was a seventh consecutive win for them at this year’s tournament and they are now set to play in their first title game since the 2002 defeat to Yugoslavia.
Spain had a much tougher assignment in seeing off the challenge of Australia in their semifinal, with them being taken to double overtime before prevailing 95-88. Marc Gasol scored 33 points, with six rebounds and four assists for the 2006 World Cup winners, while Ricky Rubio weighed in with 19 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and four steals.
Argentina vs Spain Betting Lines & Picks
On the Moneyline betting odds, Spain are the favourites at -175 (1.57) with 888Sport, with Argentina available at odds of +165 (2.65) with bet365. On the Point Spread lines, Spain -4.0 is -105 (1.95) with bet365, while Argentina +4.0 is -116 (1.86) with 888Sport.
The Point Spread is a fair indication that there’s little between these two teams when it comes to making predictions to win the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 so, even though Spain might just edge this, we’ll go with Argentina +4.0 as the tip in this one.