Two squads sitting on opposite sides of Group E are clashing in the 8th round of action of the Americas 2019 Basketball World Championship Qualifiers, when a team tied in the first place of the group, USA (6-1), are hosting a team tied in the last place, Panama (3-4). The games takes place at the Aerna Roberto Duran of Panama City, Panama on Monday, September 17th 2018.
Date/Time: 09-17-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Panama +35
Panama have a 3-4 record so far in the tournament and are currently tied with Mexico in the last place of Group E. They have lost two of their last three matches and in their last game they lost on the road against Puerto Rico with an 82-73 score. They are led in scoring by Trevor Gaskins with 13.4 ppg, adding a team high 5.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Tony Bishop Jr with 10.4 ppg and a team high 7.6 boards per game, while Javier Carter adds 9.7 ppg and 6.6 boards per game.
USA have a 6-1 record so far in the tournament and are currently tied with Argentina in the first place of Group E. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against Uruguay with a 114-57 score. They are led in scoring by Frank Mason with 16 ppg, adding a team high 8 dimes per game. He is followed by Chasson Randle with 15 ppg, while Derrick White adds 14 ppg and 6 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting back in the 2015 Americup, USA won with a 97-56 score. USA are better both offensively, scoring 88.6 ppg to Panama’s 72.7 and defensively, allowing 64.7 ppg to Panama’s 75.3. They also have better percentages both in 2-pointers (49.7% to 48.4%) and in 3-pointers (43% to 29.8%). USA are also better in turnovers committed (13 to 18), in boards grabbed (45 to 39) and in dimes made (20 to 16). USA are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -35 spread and expect them to beat the odds for another easy victory in the tournament.
USA vs Panama Prediction: USA -35 (-110)
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