FIBA World Cup 2019 Quarter-Final: Australia vs Czech Republic: Predictions, Odds and How to Watch

With the aggressiveness of the Czech roster, they will need energy off the bench to keep up when the starters are being rested.

How to Watch

What: Quarter-Final, Australia vs the Czech Republic

Where: Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, Shanghai, China

When: Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 9:00 AM EST

How (TV): ESPN+

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Czech Republic (Away)

Head Coach: Ronen Ginzburg {Czech Republic}

Assistant Coach(es): Petr Czudek {Czech Republic}, Jan Pospisil {USK Praha}

Record: 3-2

Projected Starting Five: (G) Tomas Satoransky – (G) Jaromir Bohacik – (F) Vojtech Hruban – (F) Martin Kriz – (C) Ondrej Balvin

Last match against Greece:

Top Performers:

  • G Jaromir Bohacik – 17.4 PPG | 4.6 RPG | 2.8 APG
  • G Tomas Satoransky – 15.2 PPG | 6.0 RPG | 7.4 APG
  • C Ondrej Balvin – 10.4 PPG | 9.4 RPG | 1.6 BPG

The Czech Republic have shocked the basketball world with their performances to this point in the FIBA World Cup. With their only losses being to the United States and Greece, they have dominated a number of seemingly stronger sides.

Coming off of a loss to Greece, the Czech side will have to rebound and take on one of the toughest teams in the tournament in Australia. They struggled to manage the Greeks inside, and their task against the Boomers will be greater.

The combination of Bogut and Baynes on the inside and Mills and Ingles on the outside has been troublesome for teams. The Czech Republic will have to prove they can defend on both fronts.

Australia (Home)

Head Coach: Andrej Lemanis {Brisbane Bullets}

Assistant Coach(es): Luc Longley {Australia}, Adam Caporn {Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence}

Record: 5-0

Projected Starting Five: (G) Matthew Dellavedova – (G) Patty Mills – (F) Joe Ingles – (F) Jock Landale – (C) Aron Baynes

Last match against France:

Top Performers:

  • G Patty Mills – 21.8 PPG | 4.3 APG | .333 3P%
  • F Joe Ingles – 11.4 PPG | 5.8 RPG | 6.2 APG
  • C Aron Baynes – 14.8 PPG | 6.0 RPG | 1.8 APG

Australia continues to be all class in the FIBA World Cup. Now in the quarter-finals, they’ve received the most favorable draw to make it to the semi-finals. Unfortunately, the Australians are coming across a game Czech Republic side.

The Boomers have shown that they are one of the most balanced teams in the tournament. Averaging 91.6 points per game they can score with the best of them. They’re also excellent on the glass and moving the ball averaging 36 rebounds and 25 assists as a team.

The Czech Republic are also an efficient team, but they’ve worked it through via a patient offensive game. The Boomers will hope to implement their pace before their opponents can implement theirs.

What’s At Stake?

This is the quarter-final matchup between Australia and the Czech Republic. The winner of this match will move on to the semi-final.

The winner of this match will face off against Spain in the semi-final.

The loser of this match will challenge Poland in the 5th-8th classification matches.

Czech Republic Must Control the Paint

Ondrej Balvin has done an excellent job on the glass for the Czech Republic. Averaging 9.4 rebounds per game, Balvin has managed the paint for the Czech Republic. But he will face his toughest challenge yet.

Australia are a talented paint-controlling team. Andrew Bogut, Aron Baynes, and Joe Ingles are leading their team on the glass. They also have three other players who contribute more than three rebounds per game.

The Czech Republic will have to take on a gang-rebounding mentality. One player can’t stop the strength of Australia on the inside, so their guards and forwards will have to make up for the difference.

Australia Must Limit Second Chances

Compared to themselves, the Czech Republic are very capable at getting and converting on second chances. Australia scores eight second-chance points per game compared to the Czech’s 12.6.

In order to limit those chances, the Boomers must manage their opponents on the defensive glass. Baynes and Bogut are their best rebounders, but will also have to protect the rim.

The Czechs score 37.6 points in the paint and 25.6 points off of the bench. If the Boomers don’t want to be upset, they must manage how many opportunities their opponents get.

Can the Czech Republic’s Shooting Keep Pace?

The Czech Republic have been able to keep themselves in games due to their tremendous shooting. While their output is rather low, their conversion rate is high.

Shooting 42% from three on approximately 20 attempts per game, the Czech Republic have found their way to win with efficient shooting. They’ve shot nearly 49% from the field as a whole as well.

Australia has very capable perimeter and interior defenders who will try to lock down the Czech attack. With their 17.4 free-throw attempts per game, the Czech Republic may be able to slow the game down and take advantage in that way.

Depth is Key for the Boomers

The Boomers have a lot of talent on their roster. Five of their players boast NBA experience while the rest play in the very competitive NBL in Australia.

The Australian bench contributes 26 points per game. Head coach Andrej Lemanis goes about nine men deep in each game, his bench led by veteran Andrew Bogut.

With the aggressiveness of the Czech roster, they will need energy off the bench to keep up when the starters are being rested. Their three-point shooting drops off when the bench enters, so expect some mixture between both units.

Australia Roster Notes

Australia has no roster changes of note.

Czech Republic Roster Notes

Czech Republic has no roster changes of note.

X-Factors: Matthew Dellavedova (AUS) vs Tomas Satoransky (CZR)

Satoransky and Dellavedova are two key pieces for their sides. It is an offense-defense matchup between the two which will likely define the success of their side.

(G) Matthew Dellavedova

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
201929AUS528.510.44.46.6.444.440

In the best way of saying it, Matthew Dellavedova is an absolute pest. While he contributes in a number of valuable areas, his most valuable asset is his man-to-man defense.

He may not be able to stay in front of his man 100% of the time, but he recovers relentlessly and makes life awful for his check.

An added bonus is his conversion rate from three. He is shooting 44% from range on five attempts per game.

(G) Tomas Satoransky

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
201927CZR533.415.26.07.4.446.429

Tomas Satoransky has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Czech Republic in this tournament. Not only is scoring the ball well, but he has been distributing and defending at an excellent rate.

Satoransky’s offensive success also keys the scoring of his teammates. His orbit as an attacker draws many defenders in, allowing for easy kick-outs and dump-offs.

He will see multiple defenders over the course of the match against Australia. If he can overcome that diversity, he may lead his team to another upset.

Australia at Czech Republic Predictions and Odds

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Point Spread

SportsbookAustraliaCzechLink
888Sport NJ-9

-113

+9

-108

Fox Bet NJ-14.5

+205

+14.5

-275

BetMGM NJ-9.5

-106

+9.5

-125

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Money Line

SportsbookAustraliaCzechLink
888Sport NJ-500+360
Fox Bet NJ-550+333
BetMGM NJ-527+375

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Total Points

SportsbookOverUnderLink
888Sport NJ170.5

-110

170.5

-110

Fox Bet NJ164.5

-120

164.5

-105

BetMGM NJ171.5

+105

171.5

-139

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