Sport

The FIBA Basketball World Cup Is Starting, Can Someone Stop Team USA?

 

The FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held between August 31st and September 15th in China. The competition features 32 teams and the big favorite of the best online sports betting sites is team USA.

The Americans are the current holders of the World Cup and everyone expects the country to retain the title. That would push the USA above Yugoslavia as the only team with 6 trophies from the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

However, there are some question marks over the roster that head coach Gregg Popovich is taking to China. Most of the NBA’s biggest stars won’t be part of the national side and many of the team members are youngsters that lack the experience.

Harrison Barnes is the only guy that was part of the US Olympic team from 2016. Other notable names include Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell, and Khris Middleton.

The biggest rivals of the USA are Serbia and Greece. The two Balkan sides have a bunch of NBA stars in their ranks, as well as players from the top European basketball leagues. Other teams that might be in contention are Spain, France, and Australia.

The first stage of the FIBA Basketball World Cup includes 8 groups and the top two teams of each of them will progress to the next round that features another 4 groups. The leading two countries will qualify for the quarterfinals and will enter a knockout format, until a champion is crowned on September 15 in Wukesong Sport Arena in Beijing.

The USA starts in a relatively modest group that also includes Turkey, the Czech Republic, and Japan. None of the teams has the talent to beat the Americans and the expectations are that the favorite should comfortably reach the knockout round.

Group H is probably the most interesting one in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Canada, Australia, and Lithuania all have solid rosters and the ambitions to move on to the next stage. Senegal is the big underdog here, but the African country should not be underestimated.

The other tricky group is F. Greece is expected to easily win, but the likes of New Zealand, Brazil, and Montenegro will fight for the second spot that seems wide open.

The first group stage will end on September 5. The teams will then have the chance to rest for 2 days, before returning for the second group stage on September 7th. The knockouts begin three days later, when the best eight teams left will fight for the FIBA World Cup title.

More news: Man loses 25 percent of skin after contracting flesh-eating bacteria



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


30 August 2019
Rangers hoping for clean break as sectarian singing stalks club again
The statement continued: "This kind of behaviour has no place at Ibrox, or anywhere else where our many teams appear". They warned that "a further incidence" in the second leg against Legia "could lead to a ground closure".

30 August 2019
Hurricane Dorian Draws Nearer to Florida
The Hurricane Center projected the storm could have winds of 125 miles per hour (200 kph) by the time it reaches the mainland. The sole confirmed casualty was the death of a man that police in Bayamón confirmed to NBC News was connected to Dorian.

30 August 2019
US companies in China say they’ve been hurt by trade war
But under Trump's "America First" agenda and global economic turmoil from his tariff wars, that historic unity is threatened. China has repeatedly said it would have no choice but to retaliate if the United States followed through on its threat.

30 August 2019
Top four US Democrat candidates head to first face-off in debate
The debate format will be one minute and 15 seconds for direct responses to questions and 45 seconds for responses and rebuttals. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY became the latest on Wednesday, shortly after it became apparent she would not qualify .

30 August 2019
Report claims Tottenham ‘in the dark’ over Christian Eriksen’s plans
When you play football and you are on the pitch, you don't think about this situation. If the result was 3-0, you wouldn't ask me that question.

30 August 2019
What time does Control release on Epic Games Store?
These short stories are found all around in the form of audio logs, notes, and files, all collectibles that serve a greater goal . Those who take their time reading the materials and investing heavily into exploring this world will benefit the most from it.

30 August 2019
BMW X5 Protection VR6 Arrives Able To Take AK-47 Bullet
Despite the weight disadvantages of the armour, the VR6 model still manages 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h. Expect it to carry a hefty premium over the standard X5, which costs Rs 72.9 lakh to Rs 82.4 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India).

30 August 2019
Tyler Cameron Meets Up With Gigi Hadid at VMAs After-Party
After all, they both got out of relationships fairly recently, with Tyler ending things with Bachelorette Hannah Brown . Rarely getting it wrong on the red carpet, the stylish duo showcased two very different takes on the neutral trend.

30 August 2019
US, Taliban push for deal at Doha dialogue
The plan is to announce it formally in a few days , giving the USA time to inform the Afghan government on what's been decided. The Doha talks are being held against a backdrop of persistent violence in Afghanistan.

30 August 2019
Yamashita misses out on Japan squad for Rugby World Cup
Other members are prop Keita Inagaki and hooker Shota Horie, as well as scrumhalf Fumiaki Tanaka and flyhalf Yu Tamura. Japan play Russian Federation in the opening game of this year's edition of the competition, on September 20.