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2019 Basketball World Cup, final: Argentina vs Spain
|Venue: Wukesong Sport Arena, Beijing|
|Match time: Fulltime|
Spain dominated the World Cup Final to take home the trophy for the second time, and their first win since 2006.
The gold medal will go on the line at the 2019 Basketball World Cup as surprise packets Argentina look to cause one more upset when they take on a strong Spain. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the match in Beijing from 10pm.
Argentina, despite having no current NBA players on their roster, have come away with some monumental upsets throughout the tournament.
Their best has ben former NBA power forward Luis Scola, who had 28 points and 13 rebounds in Friday night’s stunning semi-final victory over France.
He will need to be at his best again, working with the guard combination of Facundo Campazzo and Nicolas Brussino if the South American nation are to have a chance of taking out the gold.
While the 14-point semi-final win over France, who had come off a stunning quarter-final win over the USA themselves was a surprise, Argentina had earlier beaten Nigeria and Serbia.
Spain come into the match full of confidence, although potentially slightly fatigued.
After a successful run through the tournament where they didn’t run into any of the big guns, they arrived at a huge semi-final against Australia on Friday.
However, with Marc Gasol leading the way, they came away with a come from behind double-overtime victory in what was one of the more thrilling games you’ll see in international basketball.
While Spain got the job done, they were heavily reliant on their shooting down the stretch and the work in the paint of Marc Gasol, who is likely to be matched up by the in-form Scola in this semi-final.
The battle in the paint promises to be a pivotal one in deciding the final outcome of this game, but even then, Spain, through players like Ricky Rubio, Willy Hermangomez and Rudy Fernandez, have so many weapons on the floor.
Argentina certainly aren’t without a chance here, but you have to wonder where their surprising run of upsets comes to an end, and it shoud realistically be right here. Spain just have too much across the floor for them.
Spain by 7.
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Tip-off: 10pm (AEST)
Venue: Wukesong Sport Arena, Beijing
TV: Live, Fox Sports 507
Online: Live, Kayo Sports, Foxtel App, Foxtel Now
Betting: Spain $1.35, Argentina $2.20
Point guard: Facundo Campazzo
Shooting guard: Nicolas Brussino
Small forward: Patricio Garino
Power forward: Luis Scola
Centre: Marcos Dellia
Bench: Agustin Caffaro, Luca Vildoza, Nicolas Laprovittola, Maximo Fjellerup, Gabriel Deck, Lucio Dedivo, Tyavek Gallizzi
Point guard: Ricky Rubio
Shooting guard: Sergio Llull
Small forward: Rudy Fernandez
Power forward: Victor Claver
Centre: Marc Gasol
Bench: Javier Beiran, Quino Colom, Juancho Hernangomez, Willy Hernangomez Geuer, Pierre Oriola, Xavier Rabaseda, Pau Ribas