Argentina vs France, FIBA World Cup semi-final predictions & free picks, September 13
Welcome to our betting predictions and free tips for the FIBA World Cup semi-final between Argentina and France on Friday, September 13, 2019.
It’s fair to say we did not see this match-up coming heading into the quarter-finals on Tuesday and Wednesday but a couple of upsets later and in this preview we are covering Argentina v France.
First the Argentines took down the highly rated second favourites Serbia in their quarter-final, then France delivered an even bigger shock by beating Team USA on Wednesday.
It has thrown the race for the title wide open heading into semi-final day on Friday the 13th. We will preview all remaining matches at the World Cup up to and including the third-place play-off and FIBA World Cup final on Sunday, September 15. The World Gambling List will have you covered with tips and predictions.
Here are our free picks, odds and predictions for day 14 of the FIBA World Cup, which features two semi-finals.
FIBA World Cup betting predictions for semi-final – France vs Argentina
Argentina v France details & odds
Tip-off: 20:00 local time (GMT+8)
Head to head odds: Argentina $2.82, France $1.44
Handicap odds: Argentina $1.91 (+5.5 points), France $1.91 (-5.5)
Venue: Wukesong Sport Arena, Beijing
Argentina (played 6: 6-0)
September 10: d Serbia 97-87
September 8: d Poland 91-65
September 6: d Venezuela 87-67
September 4: d Russia 69-61
September 2: d Nigeria 94-81
August 31: d Korea 95-69
France (played 6: 5-1)
September 11: d USA 89-79
September 9: lost to Australia 100-98
September 7: d Lithuania 78-75
September 5: d Dominican Republic 90-56
September 3: d Jordan 103-64
September 1: d Germany 78-74
Argentina v France predictions:
Both of these teams will head into this clash bursting with confidence, though in hindsight maybe we should not be completely shocked by their success; France are ranked third on the FIBA standings, while Argentina are not too shabby either, coming in at five.
Still Les Bleus’ win over the Americans will go down as one of the greatest in their history; the trick is now to go on and win a medal.
The French will be tough to beat. Giant Rudy Gobert was outstanding against the USA with 21 points and 16 rebounds. He must be nullified, as the Australians did so well in their win over France in their final group match.
Evan Fournier has been one of the stars of the tournament, with his slick movement and silky shooting, while young New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina really announced himself in the big time with some clutch plays in the dying minutes against the Americans.
We could not help but be impressed by the superb teamwork of Argentina 24 hours earlier against Serbia. They carved through the much-vaunted Serbs with ease much of the time.
The 39-year-old Luis Scola still has plenty of game and now plays in China, so he is obviously feeling right at home on the courts here. He has been as good as any big man in the tournament and he will lock horns with Gobert. They also have a rising star in Real Madrid guard Facundo Campazzo and have had great impetus from their bench players.
We think this will be another fairly free-flowing affair and the over 162.5 points match total could be a good bet paying $1.91 with William Hill.
As to the result, we have to go with the French; we really like the mix of inside and outside class they have at the moment. The Argentines need to go at Gobert early and try to get him on a couple of fouls so he can’t be too aggressive on defence in the second half. His blocks in the fourth quarter against USA were telling.
Best bet: France to win by 1-10 points. Wager with the best betting sites.
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