Canada face Australia in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Dongfeng Nissan Cultural and Sports Centre in Dongguan, China on Sunday afternoon (local time).
Team Canada (under the stewardship of Nick Nurse, head coach of the current NBA champions the Toronto Raptors) and the Boomers are in Group H, alongside Lithuania and Senegal in what has been dubbed the “Group of Death”. Senegal are the rank outsiders and are widely predicted to lose all three of their group games but, in order to progress to the second round, Canada will almost certainly have to beat one of Australia or Lithuania.
Canada and Australia Head to Head
This will be the sixth game between Canada and Australia in the World Cup. The Australians won the last match-up in 1998, but Team Canada won in the last competitive game between the two teams at the 2000 Olympics.
The teams also faced each other twice in warm-up games in Perth, Australia ahead of the World Cup earlier in August, with the Canadians securing a 90-70 win over the Boomers in the first game, but losing the second 81-73 to split the series.
Both teams then went on to play the USA, with the Australians inflicting a first loss on the two-time defending World Cup champions in 13 years, with a 98-94 victory in Melbourne to end the American’s 78-game winning streak. Canada then lost 84-68 to the USA themselves in Sydney.
Canada vs Australia Betting Lines & Prediction
Those recent results suggest that Australia are worthy favourites to win this 2019 FIBA basketball game with regards to betting predictions, although it’s important to emphasize that those were only warm-up games and they were played on Australian courts.
On the Point Spread markets, the betting line on Canada +6.5 is -111 (1.90) with Betway Sports, with the betting odds on Australia -6.5 being -111 (1.90). With relatively little to choose between the teams, Canada is, therefore, the tips on the Point Spread.
FIBA 2019 Predictions: Point Spread – Canada +6.5 @ -111 (1.90) with Betway