6pm AEST Saturday, September 7 at Gymnasium of Youth, Nanjing
Australia: $1.002 at Sportsbet
Dominican Republic: $46
The second round of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup has begun and the Australian Boomers are set to take on the Dominican Republic.
Six days of nonstop basketball have played out, with some teams rising into championship contention whilst others were eliminated.
Australia went above and beyond in Group H, winning all three matches with good signs and positives coming out of each game.
The first victory over Canada displayed great shooting prowess from a variety of players, but none better than Matthew Dellavedova who dropped 24 points.
Senegal stood no chance against Australia before the match began, but a night of turnovers forced the Aussies to dig deep. Joe Ingles was an assist away from the first ever FIBA World Cup triple-double.
The third match was both the hardest to win and the best performance thus far. Lithuania play a very strong style with its taller players, but Australia’s Aron Baynes stole the show. Baynes piled on 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, shooting 3/5 from three and ripping down six offensive rebounds.
Moving on to the Dominican Republic, this is one of the biggest upsets of the tournament, as Germany were expected to dominate Group G.
The Dominican Republic beat a very poor Germany with an increased emphasis on teamwork, whilst the Germans could not score from beyond the arc.
As betting on Australia has already been suspended, the match is almost guaranteed to be won by the Aussies, so here are some of our tips before the game begins.
Australia vs Dominican Republic betting predictions
Patty Mills to score over 15 points
Mills has scored 15, 22 and 23 points in the first three matches of the World Cup and also piled on over 30 against USA in a friendly match. When the Dominican Republic had to guard Dennis Schroder against Germany, he had 20 points shooting at less than 30 percent from the field. Mills is much more efficient and experienced.
Joe Ingles to get over six assists
The crafty forward has not been shooting as well as he would want to, but his output in the assist column has exceeded expectations. Averaging nine assists per match has been Ingles greatest strength in the World Cup. With the Dominican Republic conceding 25 assists to France, we think Ingles will lead the way for the Aussies when they start winning.
Australia to score over 90 points
Besides the first match against Canada, the Australians have not exceeded 90 points. The Dominican Republic has not conceded too much in its three games, keeping Germany under 70 and France to 90. Australia will bring a better offensive side than both France and Germany, one that can easily exceed 90 points in this match.
Dominican Republic +25.5 @ $1.87
We have taken the Dominican Republic at the line of 25.5. If the team comes out and performs the same way it did when they beat Germany, it will be hard for Australia to win by more than 20 points. The question is not whether Australia will win or not, it’s how much they will win by.
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