The United States looked vulnerable throughout the FIBA World Cup and went down in the quarterfinals to France. Their exit has opened up the tournament as every remaining team should feel like it has a chance to win now. France will match up against Argentina in their semifinal, while Spain and Australia will face off in the other one. Serbia and the United States were the heavy favorites to win the FIBA World Cup but both are now out, leaving the championship up for grabs.
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- France +172
- Spain +187
- Australia +339
- Argentina +725
FIBA Betting Odds Analysis
France is listed as the favorite after ousting Team USA in the FIBA quarterfinals. The United States led by three points going into the fourth quarter but France dominated down the stretch for the 89-79 victory. Rudy Gobert was fantastic for France, finishing with 21 points and 16 rebounds, while Evan Fournier had 22 points and Nando de Colo added 18. Donovan Mitchell had a big game for the United States, but the team never found the right chemistry throughout the tournament. There was no team more talented than the United States in the FIBA World Cup, but the other countries have played together much more often, and that communication was essential for France to beat the United States.
France will face Argentina, which also pulled an upset by knocking off Serbia by a score of 97-87. Luis Scola had 20 points and five rebounds to lead the way. Argentina had a balanced offensive attack as five different players scored in double figures.
Spain made it to the semifinals by knocking off Poland in the quarterfinals, 90-78. Spain has a solid team, which is why it is right there with France as the top two teams expected to win this tournament. Ricky Rubio led the way against Poland, finishing with 19 points. Rubio hit a pair of three-pointers during a critical 11-0 run late in the game to help Spain advance.
Australia is the other team still alive after it knocked off the Czech Republic by a score of 82-70 in the quarterfinals. Australia boasts a nice group that was led by Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Aron Baynes against the Czech Republic. Mills had 24 points and if he can come up big again his team may have a shot at upsetting Spain to make the finals.
Now that the United States is out of the picture, there won’t be as much national interest in the FIBA World Cup, but the teams still alive will have fervent support from their home countries. France is riding high after that big win, but they could suffer an emotional letdown. France needs to concentrate, but if everyone is in-tune mentally it should be able to advance against Argentina. The same cannot be said for the favorite on the other side of the bracket. Spain has a talented team but Australia’s odds are very intriguing.
Mills, Ingles, Baynes and Andrew Bogut all have plenty of NBA experience and should be ready to go in the semifinals. Australia is the upset choice to win its semifinal matchup and face off with France in the tournament title game.