FIBA World Cup 2019 Quarter-Finals - Argentina vs Serbia: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

In terms of international basketball, there is no more recognizable player than Luis Scola. Continually climbing up the scoring ranks, Scola seems entirely ageless on the court despite being a spry 39 years old.

How to Watch

What: Quarter-Final, Argentina vs Serbia

Where: Dongfeng Nissan Cultural and Sports Centre, Dongguan, China

When: Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 7:00 AM EST

How (TV): ESPN+

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Serbia (Away)

Head Coach: Sasha Djordjevic {Virtus Bologna}

Assistant Coach(es): Miroslav Nikolic {Serbia}, Jovica Antonic {Serbia}

Record: 4-1

Projected Starting Five: (G) Stefan Jovic – (G) Bogdan Bogdanovic – (F) Vladimir Lucic – (F) Stefan Bircevic – (C) Nikola Milutinov

Last match against Spain:

Top Performers

  • G Bogdan Bogdanovic – 20.6 PPG | 4.8 APG | 0.545 3P%
  • C Nikola Jokic – 12.0 PPG | 3.8 APG | 6.6 RPG
  • F Nemanja Bjelica – 11.5 PPG | 4.8 RPG | 0.471 3P%

Serbia takes on their toughest test yet when they take on Argentina in the quarter-final of the FIBA World Cup. To this point in the tournament, they have been largely untested. Unfortunately, Serbia was humbled by a veteran Spain squad in their last match.

Serbia started off strong in their last match but faltered as the match wore on. A 32-17 second quarter spelled their doom, as they were never able to overcome the deficit.

Serbia can’t afford to do the same against Argentina. The South Americans are a capable rebounding and defensive team who, while they don’t shoot it from three as well, are incredibly capable offensively.

Argentina (Home)

Head Coach: Sergio Hernandez {Argentina}

Assistant Coach(es): Silvio Santander {Argentina}, Maximiliano Seigorman {Argentina}

Record: 5-0

Projected Starting Five: (G) Facundo Campazzo – (G) Nicolas Brussino – (F) Patrick Garino – (F) Luis Scola – (C) Marcos Delia

Last match against Poland:

Top Performers

  • F Luis Scola – 17.4 PPG | 7.8 RPG | 0.455 FG%
  • G Facundo Campazzo – 13.0 PPG | 7.2 APG | 1.2 SPG
  • G Gabriel Deck – 12.2 PPG | 1.4 SPG | .500 FG% |

Argentina are in for their toughest match of the tournament. An incredibly cerebral team with excellent execution, Argentina faces off with an offensive powerhouse with the ability to run them out of the gym.

Argentina has been dominant in their recent matches, outplaying every single one of their opponents. Relatively, their competition has been weak compared to Serbia.

Has a run against Korea, Nigeria, Russia, Venezuela, and Poland been enough to steel themselves against the might of Serbia? Or will the step up in competition prove too much for them?

What’s At Stake?

A quarter-final matchup, the winner proceeds, and the loser is knocked out of the tournament.

The winner of this match will face the winner of the United States and France in the semi-final.

Size Matters for Serbia

No doubt about it, the sheer size of Serbia is what is the base of their strength. With the likes of Bogdanovic, Jokic, Bjelica, and Marjanovic, there isn’t a team in the tournament that can match their depth and quality at that size.

They must take advantage of Argentina in the paint when they face off. Not only are the Serbian bigs a presence inside, but they are also very strong in their own individual areas.

Bjelica is an excellent shooter, Marjanovic’s size is unmatched, and Jokic may be the best playmaking center since Sabonis. If Serbia is able to successfully play through the middle, they should have no issues establishing their perimeter game as a result.

Argentina Needs Efficiency

While Argentina remain undefeated to this point in the tournament, there are some concerns regarding their scoring ability against Serbia. Averaging about 87.2 points per game throughout the tournament, their finishing will be tested.

Their biggest problem will be the Serbian bigs. Jokic and Marjanovic are excellent paint defenders, while the likes of Jovic, Bogdanovic, and Bjelica are long and crafty defending the wing.

The paint is Argentina’s domain, but they’ll have their biggest challenge yet ahead of them. On top of the fact that Argentina have shot only 35.3% from three throughout the tournament, their conversion inside will be key to their success.

All Things Through Bogdanovic

Serbia’s greatest offensive weapon is no secret, surprisingly it isn’t NBA star center Nikola Jokic. Their offense is captained by shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, of the Sacramento Kings.

Bogdanovic has been brilliant in the World Cup to this point. He’s averaging 20.6 points and almost five assists and rebounds per game. Not settling for outside shots, Bogdanovic is a threat from all areas on the court.

While an offensive threat, he hasn’t been a slouch on the defensive end of the court either. He has impressive size backing him up in the paint, but he’s shown an ability to stay in front of his check. His success is sure to drive Serbia forward.

This Match Will Define Luis Scola

In terms of international basketball, there is no more recognizable player than Luis Scola. Continually climbing up the scoring ranks, Scola seems entirely ageless on the court despite being a spry 39 years old.

He will have a tough task against the Serbian bigs. While savvy in the post, their size and length are sure to bother him. On a more positive note, his 40% mark from three over the course of the tournament should aid his scoring.

While Scola may be at the Olympics in 2020, it is unlikely that we will see him at another World Cup. How he performs in this quarter-final, against the tournament favorites, will cement his legacy regardless of the outcome.

Argentina Roster Notes

Argentina has no roster changes of note.

Serbia Roster Notes

Serbia has no roster changes of note.

X-Factors: Facundo Campazzo (ARG) vs Stefan Jovic (SRB)

Keep an eye on the point guard positions when Argentina and Serbia match up. Facundo Campazzo and Stefan Jovic have driven their teams in different ways but to similar success.

(G) Facundo Campazzo

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
201928ARG527.713.03.87.2.465.423

 

Campazzo has surprisingly been the driving force for Argentina from the perimeter. While his two-man game with Scola is dangerous, his playmaking and scoring ability have been on display all tournament long.

While he may be small, Campazzo has done well to penetrate the defense and create opportunities for his teammates. He’s also been adept at converting from the field, shooting 53% from inside the arc and 42% from beyond it.

His size will be an issue for the Argentines against Serbia. At 5’10 he is one of the smallest players in the tournament. Matched up against a 6’5 point guard in Jovic, one can imagine his struggles. If he can succeed despite the disadvantage, Argentina will be in a good spot.

(G) Stefan Jovic

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
201928SRB521.35.63.65.6.480.273

 

Jovic is the ultimate glue guy for the Serbian national side. While they have capable scorers and facilitators at every position, Jovic maturely takes his place as the secondary man to every play.

That comfort outside of the limelight has done wonders for the Serbian side. His playmaking is fantastic, resulting in assist numbers that could even be understated. While he’s not the primary option, he is a proponent of the “ice hockey assist” as he sets up the first pass to make the next.

As defences collapse on the talents of Jokic and Bogdanovic, Jovic will be asked to be the middle man for the next play. He is capable, but the pressure will be high. He will likely be asked to score more efficiently should his teammates command doubles, a task he’s struggled with at this point.

Argentina at Serbia Predictions and Odds

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Point Spread

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-108

-11

-114

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-105

-10.5

-118

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Money Line

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