The US will return to the world basketball tournament with the best chance to defend their 2014 title. Their hunt for gold will this year won’t be significantly challenged thanks to their 2019 FIBA World Cup betting odds.
China will host the 18th edition of the FIBA World Cup on August 31 until September 15 2019. The United States currently stand the best chance to win gold at the 2019 World Cup. Here’s how they compare with some of the FIBA World Cup hopefuls on KTO Sportsbook:
USA to return to the world basketball tournament with the best 2019 FIBA World Cup betting odds to win their 6th title
It’s no surprise that the US are the bookies’ favorite to win the upcoming FIBA World Cup. Having won 5 gold, 3 silver, and 4 bronze medals, the country is the most decorated FIBA World Cup team. Thankfully for team USA, they have the lowest 2019 FIBA World Cup betting odds at 1.04. This means that gold at China this year is almost certain for the returning champions.
According to the online sportsbook news in China, the US will play in Group E with Turkey Czech Republic and Japan. It’s expected that the US will top Group E and advance to the Final Round with ease. The US also announced their star line up for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
These include experienced players from the 2010 and 2014 World Cup winning sides making them a safe bet on KTO Sportsbook. Returning players to keep an eye on include DeMar DeRozan, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Stephan Curry. Additionally, their lineup will also include 2010 World Cup MVP Kevin Durant and 2014 World Cup MVP Kyrie Ivingm.
Spain could win the 2019 FIBA World Cup trophy for Europe
The Spanish national basketball team are the European team with the best 2019 FIBA World Cup betting odds. They also trail behind top tournament favorites USA with low odds at 16.00. Spain are currently ranked 2nd in the FIBA World Rankings and 1st in the FIBA Europe Rankings ahead of France.
If the team can live up to their desirable odds, they might play an exciting 2019 World Cup Final against the US. It will be crucial for Spain to win gold this year as they failed to impress on home turf at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. They finished the 2014 tournament in 5th place following a quarter final elimination. However, with their favorable odds on KTO Sportsbook, they should advance beyond this year’s quarterfinals.
Similarly to the USA, Spain will play the 2019 FIBA World Cup in an easy group. They won’t face any significant challenges in Group C against Iran, Tunisia and Puerto Rico.
Australia to make it out alive in the group of death but their performance in the later stages in uncertain
Australia also return to the world basketball tournament with a small chance to clinch this year’s World Cup. They are currently ranked 11th in the FIBA World Rankings which isn’t bad considering they haven’t won any World Cup titles.
Their 2019 FIBA World Cup betting odds of 38.00 will be tested in the early stages of the tournament. This is because they will play in Group H, one the 2019 World Cup groups of deaths. Australia will face Canada, Lithuania and Senegal in Group H.
Their biggest Group H competitor will be Lithuania who are currently 6th in the FIBA World Rankings. It’s expected that Australia will pick up maximum points against Canada and Senegal. Australia will advance to the Final Round with Lithuania. However, he team will most likely struggle and fail to advance beyond the Round of 16.
Hosts China will fail to impress on home turf
China have the honor of hosting the 18th world basketball tournament. However, their home advantage won’t be enough to claim their first FIBA World Cup title. Their odds on KTO Sportsbook, one of the online sportsbooks in China are high at 96.00.
The country are strong competitors in FIBA Asia and are currently third in the regional ranking behind Iran and Australia. However their FIBA World Cup performance doesn’t correspond to their regional success. China’s best World Cup finish was 8th place at the 1994 FIBA World Cup in Canada. They will be a risky country to wager on considering the top candidates have all claimed at least one trophy.
Nigeria have one of the worst odds of winning the 18th FIBA World Cup
The Nigerian national basketball team might have to sit this World Cup out and try again at the 2023 FIBA World Cup. They have one of the most unfavorable 2019 FIBA World Cup betting odds making their title hopes highly doubtful. Nigeria (401.00) are currently the best African nation according to the FIBA Rankings. However, they’ve failed to make a name for themselves at the World Cup.
The country will be under pressure to win the tournament for Africa. Unfortunately, with their poor World Cup record of 3 appearances, they won’t be making African proud, at least not in 2019.
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