2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Betting Tips, Previews & Predictions

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup is the 18th edition of an international basketball tournament featuring men's national basketball teams. The tournament is organised by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the sport's global governing body.

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be hosted in China and acts as qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The tournament ranks alongside the Olympic Basketball tournament in prestige.

Montenegro and the Czech Republic will make their first appearance as independent nations after previously being part of Serbia and Montenegro and Czechoslovakia respectively. Poland makes a return to the FIBA Basketball World Cup for the first time since 1967.

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When is the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup?

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup begins on 31 August 2019 and concludes on 15 September 2019.

Where is the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup?

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held in China.

How often is the FIBA Basketball World Cup?

The FIBA Basketball World Cup is held every four years.

When was the last FIBA Basketball World Cup?

The last FIBA Basketball World Cup was in 2014 in Spain. United States beat Serbia 129-92 in the final to claim their fifth title.

Who won the 2018 FIBA Basketball World Cup?

The 2018 FIBA Basketball World Cup was rescheduled to 2019 to avoid clashing with the FIFA World Cup.

FIBA Basketball World Cup History


The Basketball World Cup began in 1950 and was scheduled to be held every four years between the Olympic Games. Argentina hosted the inaugural tournament and won all their games to become the first FIBA World Champions.

The first five World Cups were held in South America with teams from the Americas dominating the tournament. Teams from Europe including the former states of Soviet Union and Yugoslavia caught up alongside the United States and Brazil, these four nations winning every medal between 1963 and 1990.

The 1994 FIBA World Cup marked a considerable change with active American NBA players allowed to participate for the first time. All FIBA World Cups from 1994 on are considered fully professional. There was also a shift in Europe with the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia splitting into new states including Russia and Croatia.

FIBA expanded the tournament to 24 teams for 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions of the tournament. The 2018 FIBA Basketball World Cup was moved to 2019 to avoid overlapping with the FIFA World Cup, the first tournament since 1967 that will not occur in the same year as the FIFA World Cup.

The champions of each tournament are awarded the Naismith Trophy, named after basketball inventor James Naismith. The winners are also awarded a Gold medal, second place a silver medal and the winners of the third placed game awarded the bronze medal.

The 2019 FIBA World Cup will be held in China in eight venues including Wukesong Arena in Beijing, Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Gymnasium, Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, Wuhan Gymnasium, Dongguan Cultural and Sports Centre, Foshan International Sports & Cultural Arena, Guangzhou Gymnasium and Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre.

The tournament will expand from 24 to 32 teams and acts as qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics which will take the top two teams from each of the Americas and Europe, and the top team from each of Africa, Asia and Oceania, alongside the tournament's host China.

The 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be co-hosted by the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia.

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Betting Odds


All major bookmakers will offer odds for FIBA Basketball World Cup matches including winner, handicap, total points and player props such as points over/under, rebounds over/under and assists over/under. 

There are also a number of outright betting markets and odds for the FIBA Basketball World Cup including FIBA World Cup Winner and Top 3 Finish.

FIBA Basketball World Cup Free Bets


Take advantage of FIBA Basketball World Cup free bets and bookmaker promotions including enhanced odds, cash back, money back and accumulator specials. Our bookmaker reviews will help you choose a bookmaker depending on your country of residence.

FIBA Basketball World Cup Bet of the Day


Check out our bet of the day during the tournament where we could feature matches from the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Who qualified for 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup?


There were 32 teams that qualified for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup including five from Africa, eight from Asia and Oceania, 12 from Europe and seven from the Americas.

AfricaAsia and OceaniaEuropeAmericas
 Angola  Australia  Czech Republic  Argentina
 Ivory Coast  China (host)  France  Brazil
 Nigeria  Iran  Germany  Canada
 Senegal  Japan  Greece  Dominican Republic
 Tunisia  Jordan  Italy  Puerto Rico

 New Zealand  Lithuania  United States

 Philippines  Montenegro  Venezuela

 South Korea  Poland


 Russia


 Serbia


 Spain


 Turkey

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Fixtures


The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup begins with Angola vs Serbia in Group D on Saturday August 31 at Foshan International Sports Arena. The tournament concludes with the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Final on Sunday September 15 at the Wukesong Sport Arena.

DateTime (AEST)MatchVenueStage
Sat Aug 31 6pm Poland vs Venezuela Wukesong Sport Arena Group A
Sat Aug 31 10pm Ivory Coast vs China Wukesong Sport Arena Group A
Sat Aug 31 6:30pm Russia vs Nigeria Wuhan Sports Arena Group B
Sat Aug 31 10:30pm Argentina vs South Korea Wuhan Sports Arena Group B
Sat Aug 31 6:30pm Iran vs Puerto Rico Guangzhou Gymnasium Group C
Sat Aug 31 10:30pm Spain vs Tunisia Guangzhou Gymnasium Group C
Sat Aug 31 5:30pm Angola vs Serbia Foshan International Sports Arena Group D
Sat Aug 31 9:30pm Philippines vs Italy Foshan International Sports Arena Group D
Sun Sep 1 6:30pm Turkey vs Japan Shanghai Oriental Sports Center Group E
Sun Sep 1 10:30pm Czech Republic vs USA Shanghai Oriental Sports Center Group E
Sun Sep 1 6pm New Zealand vs Brazil Gymnasium of Youth Olympic Sport Park Group F
Sun Sep 1 10pm Greece vs Montenegro Gymnasium of Youth Olympic Sport Park Group F
Sun Sep 1 6:30pm Dominican Republic vs Jordan Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Group G
Sun Sep 1 10:30pm France vs Germany Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Group G
Sun Sep 1 5:30pm Canada vs Australia Dongguan Basketball Center Group H
Sun Sep 1 9:30pm Senegal vs Lithuania Dongguan Basketball Center Group H
Mon Sep 2 6pm Venezuela vs Ivory Coast Wukesong Sport Arena Group A
Mon Sep 2 10pm China vs Poland Wukesong Sport Arena Group A
Mon Sep 2 6:30pm Nigeria vs Argentina Wuhan Sports Arena Group B
Mon Sep 2 10:30pm South Korea vs Russia Wuhan Sports Arena Group B
Mon Sep 2 6:30pm Tunisia vs Iran Guangzhou Gymnasium Group C
Mon Sep 2 10:30pm Puerto Rico vs Spain Guangzhou Gymnasium Group C
Mon Sep 2 5:30pm Italy vs Angola Foshan International Sports Arena Group D
Mon Sep 2 9:30pm Serbia vs Philippines Foshan International Sports Arena Group D
Tue Sep 3 6:30pm Japan vs Czech Republic Shanghai Oriental Sports Center Group E
Tue Sep 3 10:30pm USA vs Turkey Shanghai Oriental Sports Center Group E
Tue Sep 3 6pm Montenegro vs New Zealand Gymnasium of Youth Olympic Sport Park Group F
Tue Sep 3 10pm Brazil vs Greece Gymnasium of Youth Olympic Sport Park Group F
Tue Sep 3 6:30pm Germany vs Dominican Republic Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Group G
Tue Sep 3 10:30pm Jordan vs France Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Group G
Tue Sep 3 5:30pm Australia vs Senegal Dongguan Basketball Center Group H
Tue Sep 3 9:30pm Lithuania vs Canada Dongguan Basketball Center Group H
Wed Sep 4 6pm Ivory Coast vs Poland Wukesong Sport Arena Group A
Wed Sep 4 10pm Venezuela vs China Wukesong Sport Arena Group A
Wed Sep 4 6:30pm South Korea vs Nigeria Wuhan Sports Arena Group B
Wed Sep 4 10:30pm Russia vs Argentina Wuhan Sports Arena Group B
Wed Sep 4 6:30pm Puerto Rico vs Tunisia Guangzhou Gymnasium Group C
Wed Sep 4 10:30pm Spain vs Iran Guangzhou Gymnasium Group C
Wed Sep 4 5:30pm Angola vs Philippines Foshan International Sports Arena Group D
Wed Sep 4 9:30pm Italy vs Serbia Foshan International Sports Arena Group D
Thu Sep 5 6:30pm Turkey vs Czech Republic Shanghai Oriental Sports Center Group E
Thu Sep 5 10:30pm USA vs Japan Shanghai Oriental Sports Center Group E
Thu Sep 5 6pm Brazil vs Montenegro Gymnasium of Youth Olympic Sport Park Group F
Thu Sep 5 10pm Greece vs New Zealand Gymnasium of Youth Olympic Sport Park Group F
Thu Sep 5 6:30pm Germany vs Jordan Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Group G
Thu Sep 5 10:30pm Dominican Republic vs France Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Group G
Thu Sep 5 5:30pm Canada vs Senegal Dongguan Basketball Center Group H
Thu Sep 5 9:30pm Lithuania vs Australia Dongguan Basketball Center Group H
Fri Sep 6 TBC Poland vs Russia Foshan International Sports Arena Group I
Fri Sep 6 TBC Argentina vs Venezuela Foshan International Sports Arena Group I
Fri Sep 6 TBC Serbia vs Puerto Rico Wuhan Sports Center Group J
Fri Sep 6 TBC Spain vs Italy Wuhan Sports Center Group J
Sat Sep 7 TBC Brazil vs Czech Republic Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Group K
Sat Sep 7 TBC United States vs Greece Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Group K
Sat Sep 7 TBC Australia vs Dominican Republic Gymnasium of Youth Olympic Games Sport Park Group L
Sat Sep 7 TBC France vs Lithuania Gymnasium of Youth Olympic Games Sport Park Group L
Sun Sep 8 TBC Venezuela vs Russia Foshan International Sports Arena Group I
Sun Sep 8 TBC Poland vs Argentina Foshan International Sports Arena Group I
Sun Sep 8 TBC Puerto Rico vs Italy Wuhan Sports Center Group J
Sun Sep 8 TBC Spain vs Serbia Wuhan Sports Center Group J
Mon Sep 9 TBC Czech Republic vs Greece Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Group K
Mon Sep 9 TBC United States vs Brazil Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Group K
Mon Sep 9 TBC Dominican Republic vs Lithuania Gymnasium of Youth Olympic Games Sport Park Group L
Mon Sep 9 TBC France vs Australia Gymnasium of Youth Olympic Games Sport Park Group L
Tue Sep 10 TBC I1 vs J2 Dongguan Basketball Center Quarter-finals
Tue Sep 10 TBC J1 vs I2 Dongguan Basketball Center Quarter-finals
Wed Sep 11 TBC K1 vs L2 Shanghai Oriental Sports Center Quarter-finals
Wed Sep 11 TBC L1 vs K2 Shanghai Oriental Sports Center Quarter-finals
Thu Sep 12 TBC Loser of QF 81 vs Loser of QF 83 Dongguan Basketball Center Classification 5-8
Thu Sep 12 TBC Loser of QF 82 vs Loser of QF 84 Shanghai Oriental Sports Center Classification 5-8
Fri Sep 13 TBC Winner of QF 81 vs Winner of QF 83 Wukesong Sport Arena Semi-finals
Fri Sep 13 TBC Winner of QF 82 vs Winner of QF 84 Wukesong Sport Arena Semi-finals
Sat Sep 14 TBC Loser of CL 5-8 85 vs Loser of CL 5-8 86 Wukesong Sport Arena Seventh-place play-off
Sat Sep 14 TBC Winner of CL 5-8 85 vs Winner of CL 5-8 86 Wukesong Sport Arena Fifth-place play-off
Sun Sep 15 TBC Loser of SF 87 vs Loser of SF 88 Wukesong Sport Arena Bronze medal match
Sun Sep 15 TBC Winner of SF 87 vs Winner of SF 88 Wukesong Sport Arena Final

FIBA Basketball World Cup Results


Get all the latest FIBA Basketball World Cup results to see what teams and players are performing well. The historical FIBA Basketball World Cup results is also a great way to see what teams have traditionally played well and reached the final stages of the tournament.

FIBA Basketball World Cup Winners & Runners-up


The current champions are the United States who defeated Serbia 129-92 in the 2014 final in Spain.

YearHostsTeamsWinnersRunners-upThirdFourth
2023 Philippines-Japan-Indonesia 32 TBA TBA TBA TBA
2019 China 32 TBA TBA TBA TBA
2014 Spain 24 United States Serbia France Lithuania
2010 Turkey 24 United States Turkey Lithuania Serbia
2006 Japan 24 Spain Greece United States Argentina
2002 United States 16 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Argentina Germany New Zealand
1998 Greece 16 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Russia United States Greece
1994 Canada 16 United States Russia Croatia Greece
1990 Argentina 16 Yugoslavia Soviet Union United States Puerto Rico
1986 Spain 24 United States Soviet Union Yugoslavia Brazil
1982 Colombia 13 Soviet Union United States Yugoslavia Spain
1978 Philippines 14 Yugoslavia Soviet Union Brazil Italy
1974 Puerto Rico 14 Soviet Union Yugoslavia United States Cuba
1970 Yugoslavia 13 Yugoslavia Brazil Soviet Union Italy
1967 Uruguay 13 Soviet Union Yugoslavia Brazil United States
1963 Brazil 13 Brazil Yugoslavia Soviet Union United States
1959 Chile 13 Brazil United States Chile Formosa
1954 Brazil 12 United States Brazil Philippines France
1950 Argentina 10 Argentina United States Chile Brazil

FIBA Basketball World Cup Most Successful Teams


The United States and Yugoslavia have won the most FIBA Basketball World Cup titles with five each. The Soviet Union won three and Brazil have won twice.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States 5 3 4 12
2 Yugoslavia 5 3 2 10
3 Soviet Union 3 3 2 8
4 Brazil 2 2 2 6
5 Argentina 1 1 0 2
6 Spain 1 0 0 1
7 Russia 0 2 0 2
8 Greece 0 1 0 1
8 Serbia 0 1 0 1
8 Turkey 0 1 0 1
11 Chile 0 0 2 2
12 Croatia 0 0 1 1
12 France 0 0 1 1
12 Germany 0 0 1 1
12 Lithuania 0 0 1 1
12 Philippines 0 0 1 1

FIBA Basketball World Cup Live Streaming


Watch the FIBA Basketball World Cup with live streaming anywhere you can get a suitable internet connection. Bookmaker bet365 will be live streaming games from the FIBA Basketball World Cup that can be accessed on your mobile phone, portable device and personal computer.

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FIBA Basketball World Cup Highlights


Get all the highlights from the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the FIBA YouTube channel. In addition to highlights check out the press conferences and specials including top dunks, top blocks and top assists.

FIBA Basketball World Cup Replays


There are many matches at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, watch replays to get the full picture including teams and players in form.

FIBA Basketball World Cup News


Get all the latest FIBA Basketball World Cup news at the FIBA Basketball World Cup official site and the FIBA Basketball World Cup portal at NBA.com.


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