AUSTRALIA are now one game away from reaching Sunday night’s final of the 2019 Men’s Basketball World Cup in China, but they are $2.40 outsiders at TAB to defeat Spain ($1.58) in their semi-final being played at the Wukesong Sport Arena in Beijing tomorrow night (tip-off 6pm AEST).
The Boomers and Spain contested a highly controversial clash that determined third place at the 2016 Rio Games, which the Spaniards won 89-88 after a late foul was awarded to the eventual victors that infuriated the Aussies.
Last night’s victory over the Czech Republic ensured the Boomers will contest their first semi-final at a Men’s Basketball World Cup having reached the same stage on four occasions at The Games.
However, the Aussies will be desperate to leave China with a medal after finishing fourth at The Games in 1988, 1996, 2000 and 2016.
A few TAB punters are hoping that the Boomers can win the final of the 2019 Men’s Basketball World Cup, including one customer who placed bets of $250 at $81 and $300 at $51 in early April for a potential collect of $35,550.
After the Boomers’ two-game series against the United States of America at Marvel Stadium, a TAB punter on September 1 placed a $500 wager at $34 on Australia, which could result in a $11,900 windfall.
2019 Men’s Basketball World Cup Semi-Finals
Starts tomorrow 6pm AEST in Beijing
Starts tomorrow 10pm AEST in Beijing
2019 Men’s Basketball World Cup Winner
$2.75 France $21 before World Cup started; $17 before quarter-finals
Spain $17 before World Cup started; $7 before quarter-finals
$4 Australia $34 before World Cup started; $7 before quarter-finals
$7 Argentina $67 before World Cup started; $51 before quarter-finals
USA were $1.55 before World Cup started; $1.90 before quarter-finals
Serbia were $4.50 before World Cup started; $4 before quarter-finals