Australia vs. Japan Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 21, 2022 12:30 CET
The Boomers have been expectedly cruising so far as the main title favourites. Three group wins enabled them to enter the quarter-final directly and gave them a couple of extra days of rest. They will face a familiar foe this Thursday as Japan will try to produce one of the biggest upsets in the recent FIBA Asia Cup history.
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Australia vs. Japan Odds
Spread Odds (-10.5/+10.5): 1.76/1.90
Total Over/Under (159.5): 1.83
Australia Team News
There is not a lot of teams on the continent who can give the Australian team a real game. Japan is a team that could possibly make their life difficult but when we look at the recent results from the qualifiying matches, it is clear their chances are limited.
Led by a perfect blend of experience and youth, the Aussies thrashed all of the opponents in their group. The most interesting thing is the fact they haven´t been scoring a lot and have been averaging below 80 ppg so far. Their team has been relying on their defense which was only conceding 55 ppg in the group and will be the main factor in this game.
Standouts from the Australian team so far have been Thon Maker and Sam Froling but one player who caught our eye is Tyrese Proctor. The young and talented prospect is heading to the NCAA this year and has been showing glimpses of NBA All-Star potential when he was on the floor.
Japan Team News
Japan will be hoping to at least give the Australians a run for their money. Realistically, they don´t have nearly enough to seriously threaten the main favourites, but they should at least make the game interesting for the most part.
Iran exposed all of their flaws and inexperience in the group stage securing a convicing 88:76 win. The Japanese team is still in rebuilding stage lacking all of the things that win titles.
During the most recent head-to-head clash in the FIBA qualifiers, Australia routed Japan by 46 points. The Japanese team was without its main star Yuta Watanabe, who has been the main leader of his team in this tournament. However, in the game against the Philippines he injured his ankle and had to leave the court in a wheelchair.
Australia vs. Japan Prediction
The gulf in class between the Australian team and all the other teams in Asia is immeasurable. Despite playing with their secondary lineup, no one has even come close to threatening Australia and we sincerely doubt that will change today.
Australia should win routinely but with Japan playing without their best player, they could suffer a disaster. The Boomers have put special emphasis on defense in this tournament and we doubt Japan will be the team to find the recipe how to score against them so we will back the Boomers to cover the spread.
Date and time: 21.07.2022 12:30 CET
Prediction: Australia (-10.5)