With the NBA having finished in a glorious Toronto Raptors victory, there’s a void in the basketball calendar. Roll on the FIBA Basketball World Cup!
Delayed by a year, the first time since 1967 the tournament hasn’t fallen in a FIFA Soccer World Cup year, the tournament will get underway in China on August 31 and it’s all set to be a cracker.
As well as a major basketball tournament, it’s also to act as part of the qualification process for the Tokyo Games in 2020, meaning there’s plenty to play for.
That will make for a spicy basketball betting market. We can’t wait for the tournament to arrive here at BestSportsbooks.ca. Below you’ll find all you need to know about the competition as well as the current favourites to win the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
Most online sportsbooks are already offering odds on the outright Basketball World Cup market.
As you’d imagine with the wealth of talent they have to choose from, the United States are favourites for the tournament, with William Hill pricing them at -800. The likes of James Harden and Kevin Love have been impressive in the NBA this season and it’s unlikely they side will be on the end of any shocks in Group E of the tournament.
Spain is second favourites having been the last team, other than the USA, to win the tournament. They’re priced at +1500, so a long distance away from the US, perhaps further solidifying the fact that few, even Spain, will be able to compete with them.
As the tournament approaches, the betting market for the Basketball World Cup will continue to develop, with sportsbooks such as Betway and Sports Interaction starting to offer bets on particular fixtures as well as in-play betting.
During the tournament and in the build-up you’ll be able to place bets on markets such as:
Of course, there are many teams who will be looking to do well, secure Olympic qualification and even try and upset the likes of the USA and Spain. Below you’ll find a full list of the current favourites for the tournament.
Naturally, no basketball tipster is going to offer up any outright winner other than the USA. Their team is too far ahead of the pack and it’s unlikely anyone will cause any shocks against them.
Such is the strength of the nation, some of their biggest talents won’t even be taking part in the tournament. They’ll be a must on any World Cup accumulator and combining your Moneyline bets on them with player points or totals will be the best way to go in order to boost your odds.
The race for the final to, most probably, play against the USA offers an interesting market. Both Spain and Serbia have a good chance and should cruise through the initial Group Stage. Spain have some NBA stars of their own and in Center Marc Gasol have a wealth of experience that could prove crucial when trying to dictate games.
We’d expect the Spanish to have a good tournament, and wouldn’t be against a punt or a free bet on them to make the Final.
We’re all ready for a summer of basketball with the tournament, taking place across eight cities in China, beginning on August 31 and running through to September 15, 2019.
The tournament will be split across three stages, with an additional fourth to classify positions 17 to 32, for the purposes of Olympics qualification.
There are two Group Stages before a team reaches the final eight, with Quarter Finals and Semi Finals leading to the Final in Beijing.
The schedule for the tournament will run as follows:
First Group Stage: August 31, 2019 to September 5.
Second Group Stage: September 7-9, 2019
17-32 Classification: 7-9 September, 2019
Quarter Finals: September 10-11, 2019
Semi Finals: September 13, 2019
Final: September 15, 2019
Third Place Game: September 15, 2019
It’s the first time China will have hosted the Basketball World Cup, with the following cities being the welcoming eyes for the world’s best basketball players.
The Canadian basketball team are primed and ready to go and will welcome in a plethora of NBA stars, missing from qualification.
This will certainly boost their hopes. At +6600 they’re a severe long shot from winning the trophy, however they have a First Group in which they should qualify, and perhaps even top. Australia will prove their main competitors in Group H, but Senegal and Japan shouldn’t have enough to compete with the likes of Tristan Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Dwight Powell, all of whom look set to play.
It’s been a positive year for Canadian basketball. The nation will look to build upon the Toronto Raptors NBA Championship win and a run into the knockout stages would do exactly that.
A Quarter Final place is something we’d certainly back and a run to the Semi Finals may be worth a free bet.
The tournament will be broadcast all over the world with the FIBA Basketball World Cup being streamed in Canada on DAZN. The broadcaster will show games live online, with ESPN picking up the broadcast rights in the USA.
Below you’ll find the complete worldwide coverage of the World Cup, with broadcasters streaming both online and through their TV stations.