France v Australia, FIBA World Cup third-place play-off predictions & free picks
Welcome to our betting predictions and free tips for the FIBA World Cup third-place play-off between France v Australia on Sunday, September 15, 2019.
France and Australia are coming off the heartbreak of losing semi-finals against Argentina and Spain respectively on Friday and must regroup in this match to fight for the bronze medal position.
It will be particularly galling for the Boomers, who led Spain by double digits but ended up falling short in the double overtime.
Here are our free picks, odds and predictions for day 16 of the FIBA World Cup, which features the final and third-place play-off.
FIBA World Cup final betting predictions
France v Australia
Tip-off: 16:00 local time (GMT+8)
Head to head odds: France $1.74, Australia $2.10
Handicap odds: France (-1.5 points) $1.91, Australia (+1.5 points) $1.91
Venue: Wukesong Sport Arena, Beijing
Australia (played 7: 6-1)
September 13: lost to Spain 95-88
September 11: d Czech Republic 82-70
September 9: d France 100-98
September 7: d Dominican Republic 82-76
September 5: d Lithuania 87-82
September 3: d Senegal 81-68
September 1: d Canada 108-92
France (played 7: 5-2)
September 13: lost to Argentina 80-66
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
France v Australia predictions: It seems like months ago ago that these teams met in this tournament, rather than just less than a week.
Since then France have sent Team USA packing from the tournament only to fall to the impressive Argentina, while Australia have beaten the Czech Republic and then fallen agonisingly short against their nemesis Spain.
Who can bounce back best from the travails of Friday will be key in deciding the outcome here. Because when they met last week, there was so little between the teams.
The French boast an incredibly tall starting line-up but it has been their guards who have done much of the damage. Evan Fournier and Nando De Colo are averaging 20 and 16 points respectively and really are a menacing duo at the offensive end. They set up things up while the towering Rudy Gobert rules the roost around the paint.
Australia have an even more dominant guard in Patty Mills, who has raised his game to another level in this tournament and must be high in voting for the MVP award for this tournament. Mills is the leading scorer in this tournament averaging almost 24 points a game and it was noticeable that when Spain focused their efforts on him on Friday night, the Boomers’ struggled to score.
Both teams had been shooting the ball superbly until Friday night but their three-point percentages were way down.
We feel as though this match is pretty much a 50-50 contest so we will lean towards Australia as the better value at the odds set by sportsbooks.
Best bet: Australia to win at $2.10.
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