Basketball World Cup 2019, China

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup takes place in China with the action getting underway on Saturday 31 August. A champion will be crowned when the remaining two sides, following a run of group and knockout matches, meet on Sunday 15 September.

The original line-up consists of 32 teams from four confederations and the matches will be played across eight host cities. Of the qualifiers, five come from Africa – Angola, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia, eight represent Asia and Oceania in Australia, the host nation China, Iran, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Philippines and South Korea. A dozen teams come from Europe, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain and Turkey. Finally, we have seven from the Americas and they are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela.

Draw for the Group Stages

The draw for the group phase has taken place and looks like this…

Group A

Ivory Coast





Group B



South Korea



Group C



Puerto Rico



Group D






Group E


Czech Republic

United States



Group F


New Zealand




Group G

Dominican Republic





Group H






What the History Books Tell Us

The history books attached to this competition show us United States rank as the most successful team ever with a total of five gold medals, three silvers and four bronzes. That 12 leaves them two ahead of Yugoslavia on five golds, three silvers and two bronze. The top three is completed by the Soviet Union who won three golds, three silvers and a couple of bronze medals.

Only two other nations have won a gold medal and they are Argentina and Spain. The former has also collected a silver while the latter has managed just one medal during their history and it was that gold. Will they ever return to the top step of world basketball? It’s unlikely but you can never take anything for granted in this sport.

Bira Maciel and Marcel De Souza of Brazil have both appeared in five tournaments and that effort is matched by Phil Smyth of Australia. Oscar Schmidt of Brazil is the all-time leading points scorer with 843 career points in four tournaments, achieved between 1978 and 1990. Serbia’s Zeljko Obradovic has a spot in the honours roll as the only man to have won the prize as both a player and coach, scooping the award in 1990 and Yugoslavia and he coached the same nation to glory eight years later. That effort will take all the beating.

Eight matches are scheduled to take place on Saturday 31 August between 07:30 GMT and 12:30 GMT. Followers of day one will catch a glimpse of Russia, China and Spain, getting an early look at their chances going forward. Serbia is red hot favourites to beat Angola and Spain are nailed down in the betting to better Tunisia. Most other games that day are competitive, at least in terms of the betting and that’s great news for punters looking to build an accumulator.

Aussies Plan of Attack

The latest news coming out of the Basketball World Cup is that Australia is confident of banishing their competition curse. The Aussies boast what has been described as their best ever squad with a host of NBA regulars in their ranks. They travel as the Asian and Commonwealth champions but will, of course, need to step it up significantly if they are to go close to winning the title.

Australia famously put a stop to USA’s run of 78 wins recently and that added more confidence to the ranks. Coach Andrej Lemanis spoke to the media recently and was upbeat but also honest regarding his team’s chances. The gaffer said it was all part of a process and his team weren’t going to get caught up with their highs or lose faith in the system and plan when the lows came about.

He was looking forward to what should be an enjoyable World Cup, however, and recognised he had real strength in depth when it came to recognised and respected talent as well as experienced players who know just what it takes to gain success at the highest level of professional basketball. He had fans excited when explaining the squad are close and hungry for success, having been together for many years. He made a prediction, albeit a bold one, adding that Australia will be one of the top contenders when the Basketball World Cup gets started in August.

Many Ways to Invest Your Cash

Sports bettors can give themselves an added interest by betting on any of the games that take their fancy, or they can look further ahead and give themselves a long-term interest by betting on the outright market. Play individual matches and have your say on match winner, points spread, total points, half-time, highest scoring half and plenty more besides.

Get your stake money down before the start or keep your powder dry and bet in-play. Many of the pre-match markets remain live throughout the course of the game thanks to in-play betting with odds and handicap markets updated to match the flow of play. Watch the live-action, pay close attention and keep your eyes out for any patterns or hints that may present themselves. It’s then up to you to act before the traders and secure a better price.

World Cup Outright Betting

For those after a value for money bet you can predict the winners and losers at the 2019 Basketball World Cup by betting on the ante-post markets. The USA are odds-on favourites to add another gold medal to their haul and that will come as no surprise to sports bettors and followers of basketball. Unibet offer market best price of 11/20 about the USA living up to expectations. That may seem a little tight before a point has been scored but it’s better than the 4/9 available with most other firms and there’s sure to be a fair share of value hunters who can see the point in investing their cash.

Serbia is second favourites and you can back them to upset the odds at 7/2 with bet365. That price has them second in line and the main danger to the United States’ prize, but you will find it available at most respectable firms. Traders appear happy to follow each other and take a guess at the betting outside of America. Greece is third favourites and that’s when the prices begin to rise dramatically, suggesting to punters this tournament will be little more than a two-horse race. You’ll get 12/1 if playing Greece at Ladbrokes. Looking further down the pecking order we see Spain at 17/1, France 33/1, Australia 40/1, Lithuania 50/1 and Canada 100/1.

Get Involved in the Specials Markets

There’s also a number of specials betting markets that offer a long-term interest without having to predict the champion. The USA is priced like losing isn’t an option and if the favourites do go on to win this title as easy as the traders expect there will be very little joy left in it for backers. That’s where the likes of without USA and group winners comes into play.

Betting without the USA is much more competitive than the outright market and there’s 17/11 at 10bet on Serbia. That’s favourite, followed in by Greece at 5/1, Spain 13/2, France 12/1 and a chunky 16/1 about Australia being best of the rest. The great thing about this bet is your selection can win the World Cup trophy or they can finish second – beaten finalists – as long as America end as champions. Others worth a mention in this one are Lithuania at 20/1, Canada 22/1 and Argentina 30/1.

Group Winner Betting

Punters can also predict the winner of each group and you can see the current betting below. The market and prices will be updated after every round of games with the results having an effect on the order and prices. If a favourite does as expected and wins, their price to top the group will shorten, but if they are beaten by an underdog the jolly will be pushed out and the outsider brought in a little, making things more competitive and exciting to bet on.

Group A

China 9/10 with bet365

Poland 6/4 with Betfair

Venezuela 7/1 with Betfair

Ivory Coast 40/1 with bet365


Group B

Argentina 19/20 with bet365

Nigeria 4/1 with William Hill

Russia 4/1 with Unibet

South Korea 175/1 with Betfair


Group C

Spain at 1/40 with Unibet

Puerto Rico 18/1 with bet365

Iran 90/1 with Betfair

Tunisia 100/1 with Betfair


Group D

Serbia 1/7 with Betfair

Italy 5/1 with Unibet

Philippines 150/1 with bet365

Angola 250/1 with Unibet


Group E

USA 1/100 with Unibet

Turkey 17/1 with Betfair

Czech Republic 35/1 with Betfair

Japan 100/1 with bet365


Group F

Greece 2/9 with 10bet

Brazil 11/2 with bet365

Montenegro 20/1 with Unibet

New Zealand 60/1 with Unibet


Group G

France 1/3 with William Hill

Germany 3/1 with Ladbrokes

Dominican Republic 30/1 with Unibet

Jordan 100/1 with 10bet


Group H

Australia 27/20 with Unibet

Lithuania 13/8 with Betfair

Canada 3/1 with bet365

Senegal 250/1 with Unibet