Two squads sitting on the top three places of Group K are clashing in the 8th round of action of the European 2019 Basketball World Championship Qualifiers, when the group leaders France (6-1), looking to bounce back after their first defeat in the tournament, are hosting the third-best Finland (4-3). The games takes place at the La Sud de France Arena of Montpellier, France on Sunday, September 16th 2018.
Date/Time: 09-16-2018, 11:05 EDT
Spread: France -14
France have a 6-1 record so far in the tournament and are currently tied with the Czech Republic in the first place of Group K. In their last game they saw a six-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Bulgaria with a 74-68 score. They are led in scoring by Nicolas Batum with 13 ppg, adding 4 boards and a team high 5 dimes per game. He is followed by Nando De Colo with 12.7 ppg, while Edwin Jackson adds 10 ppg and 4.5 boards per game.
Finland have a 4-3 record so far in the tournament and currently sit on the third place of Group K. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against Bosnia and Herzegovina with an 85-81 score. They are led in scoring by Sasu Salin with 17 ppg, adding 4 boards per game. He is followed by Peteri Koponen with 15.5 ppg and a team high 5 dimes per game, while Alex Murphy adds 13 ppg.
In their previous meeting in the Eurobasket of 2017, Finland won with an 84-86 score in overtime. France are better both offensively, scoring 78.1 ppg to Finland’s 76.9 and defensively, allowing 64.4 ppg to Finland’s 75.7. France have a better 2-point percentage (58.1% to 52.3%), while Finland have a better 3-point percentage (35.8% to 29%). France are better both in boards grabbed (36 to 34) and in dimes made (20 to 19), while both teams commit exactly 13 turnovers per game. France are the absolute favorite and looking to bounce back after their first loss. Vegas odds give them a -14 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Finland vs France Prediction: France -14 (-112)
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