2019 FIBA World Cup Second Round Preview: Odds and Predictions

2019 FIBA World Cup Overview

The 2019 FIBA World Cup is in full swing! After a thrilling first round, a very specific few rose to the top.

While there were constants in the success column – USA, Spain, Argentina – there were also some surprises.

The second round will be another group stage process. The stakes are even higher, with the competition growing and pressures mounting on the top teams of the last round.

First Round Results

The First Round was filled with excitement and thrills from beginning to end. While permutations are abound, the results of the first round have provided a reasonably clear view of how the second round will turn out.

Group A

Results:

  • Qualified for the Second Round: (1) Poland, (2) Venezuela
  • Did Not Qualify for the Second Round: (3) China, (4) Cote D’Ivoire

Second Round Groups:

  • Poland and Venezuela will be joining Argentina and Russia in Group I. Group I will be hosted at the Foshan International Sports & Cultural Arena in Foshan, China.

Classification Games:

  • China and Cote d’Ivoire will join Nigeria and Korea in Group M.

Group B

Results:

  • Qualified for the Second Round: (1) Argentina, (2) Russia
  • Did Not Qualify for the Second Round: (3) Nigeria, (4) Korea

Second Round Groups:

  • Argentina and Russia will be joining Poland and Venezuela in Group I. Group I will be hosted at the Foshan International Sports & Cultural Arena in Foshan, China.

Classification Games:

  • Nigeria and Korea will join China and Cote d’Ivoire in Group M.

Group C

Results:

  • Qualified for the Second Round: (1) Spain, (2) Puerto Rico
  • Did Not Qualify for the Second Round: (3) Tunisia, (4) Iran

Second Round Groups:

  • Spain and Puerto Rico will be joining Poland and Venezuela in Group I. Group I will be hosted at the Wuhan Gymnasium in Wuhan, China.

Classification Games:

  • Tunisia and Iran will join Angola and Philippines in Group N.

Group D

Results:

  • Qualified for the Second Round: (1) Serbia, (2) Italy
  • Did Not Qualify for the Second Round: (3) Angola, (4) Philippines

Second Round Groups:

  • Serbia and Italy will be joining Spain and Puerto Rico in Group J. Group J will be hosted at the Wuhan Gymnasium in Wuhan, China.

Classification Games:

  • Angola and Philippines will join Iran and Tunisia in Group N.

Group E

Results:

  • Qualified for the Second Round: (1) USA, (2) Czech Republic
  • Did Not Qualify for the Second Round: (3) Turkey, (4) Japan

Second Round Groups:

  • USA and Czech Republic will be joining Brazil and Greece in Group K. Group K will be hosted at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre in Shenzhen, China.

Classification Games:

  • Turkey and Japan will join Montenegro and New Zealand in Group O.

Group F

Results:

  • Qualified for the Second Round: (1) Brazil, (2) Greece
  • Did Not Qualify for the Second Round: (3) New Zealand, (4) Montenegro

Second Round Groups:

  • Brazil and Greece will be joining USA and Czech Republic in Group K. Group K will be hosted at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre in Shenzhen, China.

Classification Games:

  • New Zealand and Montenegro will join Japan and Turkey in Group O.

Group G

Results:

  • Qualified for the Second Round: (1) France, (2) Dominican Republic
  • Did Not Qualify for the Second Round: (3) Germany, (4) Jordan

Second Round Groups:

  • France and Dominican Republic will be joining Lithuania and Australia in Group L. Group L will be hosted at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Gymnasium in Nanjing, China.

Classification Games:

  • Germany and Jordan will join Canada and Senegal in Group P.

Group H

Results:

  • Qualified for the Second Round: (1) Lithuania, (2) Australia
  • Did Not Qualify for the Second Round: (3) Canada, (4) Senegal

Second Round Groups:

  • Lithuania and Australia will be joining France and Dominican Republic in Group L. Group L will be hosted at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Gymnasium in Nanjing, China.

Classification Games:

  • Canada and Senegal will join Germany and Jordan in Group P.

Second Round Groups

The second round groups are set and the competition level is higher than ever.

Group I

Venue: Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center, Foshan

TeamW-LPoints (First Round)
Argentina3-06
Poland3-06
Venezuela2-15
Russia2-15

 

Argentina maintains as the favourite to win Group I. They are a basketball powerhouse and the contributions of Facundo Campazzo and a 39 year-old Luis Scola have powered them to success. There isn’t much to consider the rest of the group will be able to keep up with them.

Poland had impressive success in the first-round of the FIBA World Cup. They may have had the weakest group to compete in, but they won impressive victories over the other qualifier Venezuela and hosts China. Their offence showed itself to be more composed than expected.

Venezuela shocked the world by making the second round, but their luck is likely to run out here. They are not a young team, but their aggressiveness in the paint and defensively has worked in their favour.

Russia is a team to watch in Group I. Save for an awful third quarter, the Russians almost took down Argentina in their last match. They have a disciplined offensive team and look prepared to step up their game against elevated competition.

Group J

Venue: Wuhan Gymnasium, Wuhan

TeamW-LPoints (First Round)
Serbia3-06
Spain3-06
Italy2-15
Puerto Rico2-15

Serbia still looks to be the power in the competition. They’ve dominated their opponents in the past, but will be facing off with their toughest yet. Nikola Jokic has expectedly been their talisman, but Spanish big man Marc Gasol is likely to give him his toughest test yet.

As expected, Spain has been all class in their first round outings. Not only did they go 3-0 in their first round, but amassed a +57 point differential. Their squad is deep and capable, not lacking in any significant areas. They will challenge Serbia for supremacy.

The Italians were in a favourable first group. While Philippines and Senegal were passionate, their quality failed to match. Italy will be tested in Group J. Their shooters have found their mark but their ability to match the step up in competition is questionable.

Puerto Rico showed their heart in the first round of the World Cup. They were able to squeeze out two impressive wins over a very game Iran and Tunisia squad – Puerto Rico literally chopped two giants down. Puerto Rico have shown heart and resilience despite the competition. Their opponents are tougher than ever, but they’ve proven that they can run with the best.

Group K

Venue: Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre, Shenzhen

TeamW-LPoints (First Round)
United States3-06
Brazil3-06
Greece2-15
Czech Republic2-15

Outside of a single overtime thriller, which resulted in a win anyway, the United States has looked to be the force that many expected. They dominated the Czech Repbulic and Japan, but showed shakiness when they were saved only by four consecutive Turkey missed free throws. The Americans will meet old friends, as all three opposing teams sport very talented NBA players on their rosters.

Brazil was impressive in their first round. A team that is significantly younger than usual, showed that they maintain the maturity of squads past. Anderson Varejao is still a world talent, but young contributors like Cristiano Felicio and Bruno Caboclo have stepped up in a big way.

Greece started off strong, but faltered late in their last two games. While controversial in their ending against Brazil, the Greeks let them steal the match. They finished first round group play with a convincing but not dominant win over New Zealand. Giannis Antetokounmpo is incredibly talented, but as the competition stiffens his co-stars will have to do more to support him.

The Czech Republic snuck into the second round with some impressive victories. While they expectedly lost to the USA, they blew out Japan and more surprisingly Turkey in their last two games. They are a fast paced team with some athletic pieces in Satoransky and Bohacik who lead them.

Group L

Venue: Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Gymnasium, Nanjing

TeamW-LPoints (First Round)
France3-06
Australia3-06
Lithuania2-15
Dominican Republic2-15

France was as dominant as ever in the first round. Their talent at every position is likely matched only by the USA, while Rudy Gobert has been unstoppable in the first round. Their guard play is difficult to overcome as well, leading France to be the favourites in this group.

Australia was the top of their group in the 2019 FIBA World Cup’s “Group of Death”. They handled Canada and Senegal with ease while they surprisingly outclassed Lithuania in their last match. Their interior is their strength, but the triple threat of Mills, Ingles, and Dellavedova has been a surprise in terms of playmaking as well as scoring.

Lithuania’s inside game is as good as it gets. The versatility and strength of Sabonis and Valanciunas is top-tier at the pivot positions, regardless of opponent. They’ve struggled to defend the perimeter at times, so that will have to improve if they want to take one of the top spots in the group.

Dominican Republic showed a lot of heart when taking down Jordan and Germany in the first round. Their win against Germany was hard-fought and gritty, but that won’t likely last in the second round. They are outclassed at every position, but expect them to fight to the bitter end.

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