Boomers v Canada betting predictions, Game 2, Perth 2019

Nick Nurse has got Canada playing great basketball ahead of their second friendly agains the Australian Boomers

Australia has been installed a short-priced favourite for Saturday night’s second friendly against Canada in Perth.

The Boomers have been touted as a genuine medal chance for the FIBA World Cup, which is due to kick off at the end of the month, but they were easily outpointed by the Canadians, who had just one NBA player in the line-up.

But the top basketball betting sites are backing the Boomers to lift in game two, pricing them at 1.25, while Canada is as long as 3.50 — remarkable really, given the ease of their 90-70 victory.

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While both teams were undoubtedly experimenting, the Boomers were expected to win, with Patty Mills, Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova and Joe Ingles among the players suiting up.

Ben Simmons, like many other US-based basketball stars, has informed the Boomers he won’t be playing at the FIBA World Cup, because he need to prepare for Philadelphia’s NBA season.

The Boomers fine tune their preparation for the tournament with the second game against Canada, before hosting a severely under-strength Team USA in two friendly matches.

Veteran big man Andrew Bogut is expected to sit out game 2 against Canada, but he will be replaced by Phoenix Suns center Aaron Baynes.

Canada play their final warm-up games against the Boomers, before playing two friendlies against New Zealand in Sydney, before a final tune-up against Team USA.

Here are our best bets for the second Boomers v Canada friendly, being played in Perth on Saturday night.

Boomers v Canada betting predictions

As always we have scoured the betting markets at our favourite basketball betting sites and found some potentially lucrative wagers ahead of the Canada v Australia friendly.

Canada to score most threes

The Boomers seriously struggled shooting in game 1 against Canada, despite the lofty reputations of their back court players. The Boomers made just 6-34 from beyond the arc, while Canada knocked down 13 from 32. A lot of this can be put down to the Boomers sloppy defence which coach Andrej Lemanis will be desperate to tighten up before the anticipated USA games. While we predict a better showing from the Boomers beyond the arc, the Canadians will shoot the lights out again and just shade their more fancied opponent.

Head to head betting: Canada to defeat Australia

We just can’t say no to the 3.50 on offer for the Canadians to win this game. The Boomers have shown these practice games are purely for experimentation, with the result seemingly not mattering. The Canadians on the other hand, lead by Toronto Raptors title winning coach Nick Nurse, looked to be in fine shape and could have several more players available for the second bout against the Boomers.

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