Advancing into the quarter finals on September 8, Spain and Serbia continue to be the favorites to win the gold in the FIBA championship. With help from Aleksandar Rasic, Serbia has managed to oust one of the leading teams in their group, Argentina, and has moved on to clinch first place against Croatia, during the Eighth Finals. Another strong contender making a run for the quarter finals crown are the Spaniards. After beating Greece, Spain is prepping up for a Wednesday game against Serbia.
Just a couple of days before the game, sports bettors and FIBA fans are now picking sides on which team is more likely to win and get closer to the semi-finals and the much-coveted world championship trophy. Let’s take a closer look at the two strong contenders in FIBA, which will soon battle it out on court this Wednesday:
Serbia odds and details
Aleksandar Rasic has clinched the win for Serbia in a match against Croatia, after firing a free throw with just a second remaining on the clock. The final score 73-72 only shows how Serbia has had a tough time dealing with their equally impressive rivals. Though they made a seven-point lead in the last quarter, team Croatia easily made a run and closed the gap with few minutes remaining in the game. Luckily, Rasic didn’t let Croatia just steal the lead after getting a foul from Davor Kus. His free throw then gave his team the one-point lead needed to advance to the quarter finals.
Seeing their performance in the group plays, it looks like Serbia stands a good chance against Spain. FIBA and some sports betting fans are counting on Rasic and Nenad Krstic to lead the team, as their game against Croatia shows what a good teamup they have, with Krstic scoring 16 points and Rasic also hitting a double digit at 15 points. Kosta Perovic is also expected to make a good team play and add up to the scoreboard, after he helped the team catch up and outshine the stellar performance of Marko Popovic of Croatia, who scored 21 points and made a good number of rebounds and assists.
Croatia was indeed faster on court, as they have taken full advantage of transitions. But Serbia has countered this by trading baskets successfully. Based on how Serbia has played against Croatia, Spain will have to prepare for a tougher play in the quarter finals on Wednesday.
According to BETUS sportsbook, odds for the FIBA Championship, Serbia has a moneyline of +210 and a point spread of +6 -130.
Spain odds and information
With help from Juan Carlos Navarro, Spain managed to beat Greece and make it to the quarter finals. The 22-point contribution from Navarro helped the team make a run against Greece and score an 8-pint lead and win at 80-72. In this game, the Spaniards made great 3-pointers, something Serbia must watch out for in the quarter finals. Spain has performmed really well when it comes to outside shots. Their matchups with Lithuania and Greece also show how Spain can play tough and physical with equally talented opponents. Aside from Navarro, among the key players of the team are Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez (who plays for Portland Blazers), and Felipe Reyes who made a good number of rebounds and helped build a good defense for Spain.
Unfortunately, days before the quarter finals, it was reported that Felipe Reyes has gone to Madrid for a neck injury treatment. Reyes is expected to go back by Monday after receiving treatment for a recurring injury and play on Wednesday’s game. Still, some are worried that this may affect their game and lead to inconsistencies, which can cost Spain a lot of missed shots and rebounds when playing against another strong contender, Serbia.
Based on BETUS sportsbook odds for the FIBA World Championship, Spain has a -325 moneyline and -6 -110 point spread. Betus sportsbetting and bookie is part of ixgames reviews and United States friendly.
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