Spain will play Australia in the first FIBA Basketball World Cup semifinal at the Wukesong Arena in Beijing on Friday afternoon (local time).
Both teams had relatively straightforward quarterfinal victories, much as had been anticipated, with Spain seeing off Poland 90-78 (Ricard Rubio of the Phoenix Suns weighing in with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists), while Australia ended the run of the Czech Republic with a 82-70 win (Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs scoring 24 points, with 4 rebounds and 6 assists).
Both Spain and Australia have won all six of their games in China to date, so something has to give here.
Spain vs Australia Betting Lines & Picks
Looking at FIBA 2019 semifinal predictions, this promises to be a closely fought game and there could well be just a couple of points in this either way. Spain have had an extra 24 hours to rest and recuperate after their quarterfinal and that could just give them a slight edge in this one.
On the other hand, Australia know that they are capable of beating anyone on their day, having ended the USA’s 13 year, 78-game winning streak with a 98-94 pre-World Cup warm-up win in Melbourne.
On the Point Spread betting lines, Australia +3.5pts can be backed at odds of -111 (1.90) with bet365, with Spain -3.5pts on offer at +100 (2.00) with 888Sport. The Boomers with +3.5 points looks the best bet from here, so that’s the tip in this game.
FIBA 2019 Semifinal Picks: Point Spread – Australia +3.5 @ -111 (1.90) with bet365