Spain vs Poland: FIBA World Cup Quarterfinals Picks & Predictions

Monday, September 9, 2019 8:58 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 9, 2019 8:58 PM UTC

A surprise Quarterfinalist takes on an established power. Who will advance to the Semifinals?
<div><h2 style="text-align:center"><b>Spain vs Poland</b></h2><p style="text-align:center"><b>Tuesday, September 10 at 9 a.m. EST at Dongfeng Nissan Cultural and Sports Centre</b></p><div><p>Poland takes on Spain in an unexpected quarterfinal matchup. Spain is a 16 pt favorite. We all expected Spain to be here at this point of the tournament. Poland is a surprise. How will the underdogs handle their toughest matchup thus far?</p><h2><b>Polish Proficiency</b></h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">How did Poland advance to the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup?</a> Without an NBA player on their roster, this surprising team used teamwork, solid coaching schemes, and the ability to knock down free throws to advance. Let's look at the competition they have faced so far. Poland beat Venezuela, China, Ivory Coast, and Russia before falling to Argentina by 26 points.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Argentina</a> game sticks out to me as an indicator of how the Poles will fare against the top teams. While they play as a team, give full effort, and execute fundamentally, they lack the athleticism and size to compete with the top tier of international play. They like to use Maciej Lampers at center, and at 6'9' he will have problems defending and rebounding against Spanish star Marc Gasol.</p><p>Likewise, Lukasz Koszarek and the other Polish guards lack the quickness to keep in front of Ricky Rubio. Poland will have to use double teams to keep Rubio from penetrating to the paint, and in doing so will leave others open. Rubio is very adept at finding the open man, and this will be another challenge for the Polish squad.</p><h2><b>Spanish Superiority</b></h2><p>The Spainish team is more formidable than the Argentinian team who just blew out Poland in their most recent game. Spain has yet to lose this tounament, defeating Tunisia, Puerto Rico, Iran, Italy, and Serbia.</p><p>Italy is a good win and the Serbs are the second favorite to win the tournament behind the United States. This team has been tested so far and has passed each test with flying colors. They are solid defensively, and Gasol looks a lot more athletic when not matched up with NBA bigs.</p><p>Rubio has a great style for international ball, as his pass first, old school point guard mentality translates well under international rules. Spain has been very impressive so far. Led by Marc Gasol, the Hernangomez brothers, and Ricky Rubio, the Spanish team is translating NBA talent into wins.</p><h2><b>Large Point Spread</b></h2><p>It's very hard to lay 16 pts in a game of basketball. On the international stage however, I feel more comfortable knowing that teams are motivated by national pride to keep the foot on the gas and not let up, even with a large lead. This is going to be a very tough match up for a solid hard working Polish team that just doesn't have the talent to keep up with the Spanish stars. Poland has benefited from a draw the has shaken out in their favor. But as the Argentinian game suggested Poland does not have the athleticism or the fire power to keep up with the talented and motivated Spanish team</p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";book=5dimes" target="_blank"><b>Pick: Spain -16 -110 at 5Dimes</b></a></p></div></div>
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