10pm AEST Monday, September 9 at Gymnasium of Youth, Nanjing
Only five nations remain undefeated in the FIBA Basketball World Cup and with Australia and France both 4-0, their clash in Nanjing on Monday night is one to watch.
This will be the best test yet for both teams heading into the third round of the World Cup. Both beat Lithuania by similar margins, with the Boomers winning by five and the French winning by three.
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Australian point guard Patty Mills is the fourth-best scorer in the World Cup, averaging just under 20 points per game, whilst Frenchman Evan Fournier sits seventh with an average of 18 per game.
Both teams score in different ways as they are using their players’ strengths as efficiently as possible. Australia shoots two pointers better as Matthew Dellavedova shoots well and they spread the defence, while France is very good beyond the arc with four players inside the top 30 three-point shooting percentage.
Starting matches quickly has been the main strategy for the French, but Australia also gets going early and holds its lead until the final buzzer.
Boomers vs France betting tips
Aron Baynes over 16.5 points and rebounds @ $1.94 with Sportsbet
Baynes currently averages 13 points and six rebounds per match, but when you highlight his breakout performance against Lithuania, he is one of the most important players for Australia. Baynes had 21 points and 13 points when the Aussies defeated the tall Lithuanians. Rudy Gobert guards the paint very well for France, so Baynes will score well from beyond the arc and spread the floor for Australia.
Evan Fournier over 20.5 points and assists @ $1.97 with Sportsbet
Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova guard players very well when they are given the chance, but Fournier is a pure shooter that often makes shots over shorter opponents. The Australians do not have a player that can quell the natural game of Fournier, who will also have a field day passing the ball.
Patty Mills for six or more assists @ $2 with BetEasy
Mills has proven in the past that he can pass the ball better than most players on the court. With Baynes and Joe Ingles spreading the floor well, the clever point guard will have an easier time finding open players. Mills had nine assists in his most recent match against the Dominican Republic.
Australia to win @ $2.55 with Bet365
We like the Australians chances in this match up as they have more players that have not played at their best yet. If Ingles and Dellavedova both play well at the same time, the Boomers will be near unstoppable.
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