In the first semifinal of the 2019 Basketball World Championship, two undefeated squads are clashing, when Spain (5-0), after eliminating Poland in the playoffs, are facing Australia (5-0), who advanced over Czech Republic and both teams are looking for a place in the Final.
Date/Time: 09-13-2018, 07:00 EDT
Spread: Spain -3.5
Spain finished the Group Phase with a 5-0 record as well and were placed first in Group C. In the quarterfinals they won against Poland with a 90-78 score. They are led in scoring by Ricky Rubio with 15.3 ppg, adding a team high 5.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Marc Gasol with 11.3 ppg and 5.2 boards per game.
Australia finished the Group Phase with a 5-0 record and were placed first in Group H. In the quarterfinals they won against Czech Republic with an 82-70 score. They are led in scoring by Patty Mills with 22.2 ppg, adding 4.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Aaron Baynes with 13.3 ppg and a team high 5.8 boards per game.
This will be the third meeting between those two teams, with Spain having won both previous ones by an average of 6.5 points back in 1998 and 1982. Australia are better offensively, scoring 92 ppg to Spain’s 82.3, while Spain are better defensively, allowing 63.3 ppg to Australia’s 80.7. Australia have better percentages both in 2-pointers (58.5% to 56.3%) and in 3-pointers (40% to 32.4%). Both teams are very close in every other statistical category, including rebounding (38 to 37), turnovers committed (13 to 14) and in assists made (25 to 23). Bookmakers give Spain a -3.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as Australia are coming in hot and will get away with the win one way or another.
Australia vs Spain Prediction: Australia +3.5 (-113)
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