In the 7th round of action of the Americas 2019 Basketball World Championship Qualifiers, the best and the worse squads of Group E are clashing, when the last Mexico (3-3), are hosting the group leaders of Argentina (5-1). The game takes place at the Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera Arena of Mexico City, Mexico on Friday, September 14th 2018.
Date/Time: 09-14-2018, 21:30 EDT
Spread: Mexico 0
Mexico have a 3-3 record so far in the tournament and are currently tied with Panama in the last place of Group E. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against Puerto Rico with an 84-79 score. They are led in scoring by Francisco Cruz with 26 ppg, adding 4.7 boards per game. He is followed by Orlando Mendez with 18.5 ppg and 3 boards per game, while Alex Perez adds 18.5 ppg and 5.5 boards per game.
Argentina have a 5-1 record so far in the tournament and are currently tied with USA in the first place of Group E. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against Uruguay with a 58-102 score. They are led in scoring by Luis Scola with 18 ppg, adding a team high 7.4 boards per game. He is followed by Nicolas Brussino with 14.5 ppg and 4 boards per game, while Nicolas Laprovittola adds 9.7 ppg and 4.7 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting in the AmeriCup of 2017, Argentina won with an 84-67 score. Argentina are better both offensively, scoring 86.5 ppg to Mexico’s 73.2 and defensively, allowing 65.2 ppg to Mexico’s 77.2. They also have better percentages both in 2-pointers (55.7% to 47.5%) and in 3-pointers (35.7% to 31%). Argentina are also better in rebounding (41 to 40), in assists made (21 to 14) and in turnovers committed (13 to 14). Argentina are simply superior to Mexico and while Vegas odds give a 0 spread for today’s game, expect Argentina to beat the odds and get away with the road victory.
Argentina vs Mexico Prediction: Argentina 0 (-112)
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