FIBA Basketball World Cup 5-8 Playoff predictions, free tips for September 14
Welcome to our betting predictions and free tips for the FIBA World Cup 5th-8th place play-off games on Saturday, September 14, 2019. This article previews Serbia v Czech Republic and Team USA v Poland.
After Thursday’s 5th-8th play-offs these matches will fifth to eighth places.
The World Gambling List will also preview the third-place play-off and FIBA World Cup final on Sunday, September 15, once the combatants have been finalised.
Here are our free picks, odds and predictions for day 15 of the FIBA World Cup.
FIBA World Cup betting predictions for classification games 5th-8th
USA v Poland (7th-8th play-off)
Tip-off: 16:00 local time (GMT+8)
Head to head betting: USA $1.03, Poland $15
Handicap betting: USA (-21.5 points) $1.91, Poland (+21.5 points) $1.91
Venue: Wukesong Sport Arena, Beijing
USA (played 7: 5-2)
September 12: lost to Serbia 94-89
September 11: lost to France 89-79
September 9: d Brazil 89-73
September 7: d Greece 69-53
September 5: d Japan 98-45
September 3: d Turkey 93-92
September 1: d Czech Republic 88-67
Poland (played 7: 4-3)
September 12: lost to Czech Republic 94-84
September 10: lost to Spain 90-78
September 8: lost to Argentina 91-95
September 6: d Russia 79-74
September 4: d Ivory Coast 80-63
September 2: d China 79-76
August 31: d Venezuela 80-69
USA v Poland predictions: Team USA suffered a real letdown in their classification play-off match against Serbia.
Less than 24 hours earlier they had been knocked out of the race for a medal with a defeat by France and it showed against the Serbs as they fell behind 32-7 at the first break.
To be fair some of that was down to the Serbs’ incredible long-range shooting as Bogdan Bogdanovic and co put them to the sword. But a large part of the blame must lie with the Americans’ sluggish play. They did not defend well, with little hustle or pressure, allowed easy transition, and could not make a shot at the offensive end.
To the players’ credit they got themselves back into the game, although their efforts were inevitable in vain.
We think after a day to let these results sink in they will want to put on a show against Poland, who themselves were well beaten in their match against the Czechs.
Poland have had a good tournament, with Mateusz Ponitka really emerging as a star player on the world stage. But unfortunately for them they might run into a rampant USA with a point to prove in their World Cup finale.
USA v Poland best bet: USA to win into the match total over $167.5 points at $2.05 with William Hill.
Serbia v Czech Republic (5th-6th play-off)
Tip-off: 20:00 local time (GMT+8)
Head to head betting: Serbia $1.17, Czech Republic $5.30
Handicap betting: Serbia (-11.5 points) $1.91, Czech Republic (+11.5 points) $1.91
Venue: Wukesong Sport Arena, Beijing
Serbia (played 7: 5-2)
September 12: d USA 94-89
September 10: lost to Argentina 97-87
September 8: lost to Spain 81-69
September 6: d Puerto Rico 90-47
September 4: d Italy 92-77
September 2: d Philippines 126-67
August 31: d Angola 105-59
Czech Republic (played 7: 4-3)
September 12: d Poland 94-84
September 11: lost to Australia 82-70
September 9: lost to Greece 84-77
September 7: d Brazil 93-71
September 5: d Turkey 91-76
September 3: d Japan 89-76
September 1: lost to USA 88-67
Serbia v Czech Republic predictions: Despite their win against the USA on Thursday, Serbia will leave China with a feeling of expectations unfulfilled. They came here as second favourites for the title but were well beaten by the strong Spain and Argentina sides.
Nonetheless they have been a dazzling side to watch at times, with Bogdan Bogdanovic one of the stars of the tournament.
Both these teams managed to get up for their first classification matches, and there is no reason they won’t do the same here.
The defensive intensity all round seems to drop for these sorts of play-offs and for this reason we like the look of the overs on the match total set at 172.5 by sportsbooks.
The handicap line of 11.5 seems about right, so we will play a little more conservatively than we might have.
Serbia v Czech Republic best bet: Visit leading bookie William Hill or check out another of our preferred international bookies, and combine Serbia to win with match total over 172.5 points at around $2.25.
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