Basketball World Cup 2019 / USA vs France – Medal winners from the previous World Cup, the golden Americans and bronze French, will face each other already in the quater-finals of the 18th World Cup in China, meaning one of these two national teams will not win a medal. The two teams had met three times at World Cups, the last time in 1963 and the USA won all three games.
The USA team came to China without a large number of players, who refuses to show up at the World Cup because of various reasons, but still there is no dilemma that they are the main favourites for the third consecutive and sixth overall gold, and the 13th medal from the World Cups in total. They suffered the last defeat at the World Cups in the semi-finals 2006 when they Greece defeated them but nevertheless they won bronze.
Since then the USA played 23 games without defeat at the World Cups and they have won the previous two titles without being defeated. Here in China they defeated the Czech Republic 88-67, Turkey 93-92 after overtime, Japan 98-45, Greece 69-53 and Brazil 89-73. Turner and Walker with 16 points were the most efficient against Brazil. After he skipped three games because of injury Tetum should play now.
- Probable lineups USA: Walker, Mitchel, Harris, Barnes, Turner
France experienced the only defeat at this World Cup in the last game when they lost to Australia 98-100. The defeat removed them from the first place in the Group L and in first game of the knockout phase they have to face the USA. Fournier with 31 points, si6x rebounds and 4 assists and De Colo with 26 points weren’t enough to win the Australians, although they had a lead for the most part of game and had advantage of nine points (70-61) in the 3rd period.
It was at the same time the biggest advantage that one team had in that game. Gobert somewhat underperformed, who is with 11 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks on average the French best player at the tournament. He scored 8 points against the Australians, had 4 rebounds and 6 assists against the Australians. After winning two previous games by narrow margin – Germany 78-74 and Lithuania 78-75 – the French lost the key game for 1st place in the group.
- Probable lineups France: Ntkilina, Fournier, Batum, Mbaye, Gobert
USA vs France Picks
The Americans have 47 rebounds on average and they are the best in this category by far, while the French average 31 rebounds. Tetum is back and the American will be even stronger but the French are also physically strong. We would play on handicap on France.
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