Two teams sitting on the top three places of Group F in are clashing in the 7th round of action of the Asian 2019 Basketball World Championship Qualifiers, when the second Iran (5-1), are hosting the third Philippines (4-2). The game takes place at the Azady Gym Arena of Tehran, Iran on Thursday, September 13th 2018.
Date/Time: 09-13-2018, 08:30 EDT
Spread: Iran -14.5
Iran have a 5-1 record so far in the tournament and are currently tied with Australia in the first place of Group F. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Kazakhstan with an 88-56 score. They are led in scoring by Hamed Ehadadi with 16.8 ppg, adding a team high 12 boards per game. He is followed by Behnam Yakhchalidehkordi with 15.5 ppg and 5.5 boards per game, while Nik Khahbahrami adds 12.8 ppg and a team high 6.8 dimes per game.
Philippines have a 4-2 record so far in the tournament and currently sit in the third place of Group F. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against Australia with a 53-89 score. They are led in scoring by Jayson Castro with 14.2 ppg, adding 3.4 dimes per game. He is followed by June Mar Fajardo with 12.8 ppg and 3.8 boards per game, while Andray Blatche adds 11.7 ppg and a team high 11.8 boards per game.
In their previous meeting in a friendly game in 2016, Philippines won with an 81-70 score. Philippines are better offensively, scoring 78.3 ppg to Iran’s 75.7, while Iran are better defensively, allowing 58.5 ppg to Philippines’ 80.3. Philippines have a better 2-point percentage (51.9% to 49.6%), while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (31% and 30.8%). Iran are better both in rebounding (45 to 39) and in assists made (19 to 17), while both teams commit exactly 15 turnovers per game. Iran have been playing much better than Philippines and Vegas odds give them a -14.5 spread, but don’t expect them to beat the odds as the spread is too big and Philippines will force a closer game than that.
Philippines vs Iran Prediction: Philippines +14.5 (-111)
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