Group E Basketball World Cup Odds
Who wins the group E at Basketball World Cup 2019?
FIBA World Cup 2019
This group is hosted in Shanghai, China capital city. In this group, we will have the opportunity to watch worlds number one ranked team and tournament number one favorite USA.
Alongside the USA, there are also Japan, Turkey, and the Czech Republic.
A top-two finish would put them in Second Round Group K alongside the top two teams from a Group F that is made up of Greece, New Zealand, Brazil, and Montenegro.
The USA is going for an unprecedented third consecutive title in FIBA World Cup 2019.
Fourteen of the players come from the 35-man USA national team roster that was announced in 2018 for the cycle running through the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The six who were added include Kyle Kuzma, Brook Lopez, Paul Millsap, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, and PJ Tucker.
This team is going to be a mix of young and experienced players, Andre Drummond and James Harden were part of the gold medalist 2014 USA World Cup Team while Eric Gordon and Kevin Love were members of the gold medalist 2010 USA World Cup Team.
The group also includes five players who are Olympic gold medalists including Harrison Barnes (2016), Davis (2012), Harden (2012), Love (2012) and Kyle Lowry (2016).
This will be the first USA team helmed by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
Offensive firepower won't be an issue. The roster includes 11 of the NBA's top 50 scorers during the 2018-19 Regular Season and seven were selected as 2019 NBA All-Stars.
Turkey Cedi Osman, Furkan Korkmaz and Ersan Ilyasova have all been named on Turkey's main force. Among the many others included that impressed at FIBA EuroBasket 2017 or during the European Qualifiers are Dogus Balbay, James Metecan Birsen, Berkan Durmaz, Semih Erden, Huseyin Koksal, Melih Mahmutoglu, Sertac Sanli and Scott Wilbekin.
There is an extra bit of motivation for Osman with the Turks being in Shanghai's Group E and playing against worlds best team USA.
Turkey's exciting nucleus of players that did so well at FIBA EuroBasket 2017 and reached the knockout round will have a lot more experience by the time they run onto the court at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.
The Czech Republic will be number one contender of Turkey for second place in group E.
Tomas Satoransky, Jan Vesely, Jaromir Bohacik, Ondrej Balvin, Pavel Pumprla, Blake Schilb, Vojtech Hruban, Martin Kriz and Patrik Auda are among the veterans included to be on the plane to China, where coach Ronen Ginzburg will lead the team in Group E.
The presence of both Washington Wizards star Satoransky and Fenerbahce pivot Vesely will give the team an emotional lift in China.
Japan were the darlings of the Asian Qualifiers, but they will be severe underdogs when they plunge into action at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.
Japan were one of the hottest teams in Asia in the Qualifiers, rattling off 8 straight wins after losing their first 4 games en route to finishing 3rd in Group F and successfully qualifying to the World Cup.
Their reward? Being in a helluva tough group together with 17th ranked Turkey, 24th ranked the Czech Republic and no less than defending champions United States.
Despite that, rising star Yuta Watanabe, who is expected to be among the stalwarts for Team Akatsuki at the World Cup, is upbeat about Japan's fortunes at the quadrennial event.
The odds will be stacked against them even more in China, though, especially with only the top 2 teams advancing to the next round. For Japan to finish among the top 2, they have to spring not just 1, but at least 2 huge upsets on the biggest stage of international hoops.