FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Latest Odds: Can Team USA Win Three Titles in a Row?

Team USA arrives into the FIBA World Cup as the favorite to win.

The Americans have been crowned world champions in the past two editions and are odds on to become the first team in history to win the tournament three times in a row.

According to Oddschecker, Gregg Popovich's men are 11/20 favorite to complete an unprecedented three-peat, despite a roster that lacks the star power of previous iterations of Team USA.

James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Kyle Lowry, CJ McCollum and Bradley Beal all withdrew earlier this month, before Kyle Kuzma was ruled out on Sunday with an ankle injury.

At the 2016 Olympics, Team USA had five All-Star guards on its roster, in the shape of Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan and Jimmy Butler.

This year, in comparison, Kemba Walker is the only All-Star guard on the roster.

Serbia and Spain are second and third favorite at 9/2 and 19/1 respectively.

Serbia has finished second in three of its last four major tournaments, losing to Team USA in the final of the 2014 World Cup and of the 2016 Olympics, before being beaten by Slovenia a year later in the last act of the European Championships.

Jayson Tatum, Team USA
Jayson Tatum #34 of Team USA handles the ball during a game against Team Spain at Honda Center on August 16 in Anaheim, California. Cassy Athena/Getty

The Eagles are smarting to get their hands on a first world title as independent country—they won back-to-back World Cups as Yugoslavia in 1998 and 2002—and arrive in China with a roster stacked with talent.

In Nikola Jokic, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nemanja Bielica and Boban Marjanovic, Serbia can count on four NBA stars.

The former in particular has developed into one of the best players in the NBA, playing a crucial role in dragging the Denver Nuggets to their first conference semifinals in a decade.

Serbia, however, will almost certainly be without Milos Teodosic.

One of the best point guards in Europe, injuries prevented the 32-year-old from establishing himself in the NBA during an ill-fated spell with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Earlier this month, Teodosic re-aggravated a foot injury during a warm-up match against Lithuania and looks set to miss out on the tournament.

Spain can also count on a host of faces familiar to NBA fans, such as Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio.

The duo, along with former Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets forward Rudy Fernandez were part of the Spain team that lost the gold medal match against Team USA in the 2008 Olympics.

Spain's roster is very experienced and there's a feeling the World Cup and next year's Olympics will be the final hurrah for a large number of players.

Behind Serbia and Spain, Greece is a 22/1 outsider. The two-time European champions have arguably the best player in the world in reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, but it would take an herculean effort from the Milwaukee Bucks star to inspire Greece to a first world title.

France rounds up the top-five in the eyes of the bookmakers.

The 2013 European champions are a 31/1 shot thanks largely to having one of the best defenses in the tournament, led by Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert and aptly supported by Frank Ntilikina and 2008 NBA draft first-round pick Nicolas Batum.

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