Argentina vs Japan: match for a third place
This week we saw another match between the finalists of 2019 World Cup. At the Tokyo Olympic tournament Argentina national team failed to take revenge on Spain for a defeat in the World Cup final. Worth noting that this time South Americans were beaten by Europeans with only a ten-point handicap, while in the World Cup Spaniards won by 20 points.
In the Olympic match against Spain Argentinians were in the game only during the first quarter. Nicolas Laprovittola scored 27 points, it is way more than any of his partners. Nominal hosts are currently on a third place in Group C.
A modest Japanese national team is having a similar record with the runner-up of 2019 World Cup. Host of the Olympics has two defeats as well, but their difference of scored and conceded points is worser in comparision with the opponent.
In the second round Asian team was beaten by Slovenia in all quarters. Europeans ended the match with a 35-point lead. Nominal hosts are currently at the bottom of the third group.
Japan never scored less than 77 points in the Olympics
Argentina averages 85,5 points per game at the Olympics
Japan lost the first quarter in both matches
Winner of this match will get a guaranteed third place finish. But third place teams from other groups are also competing for the play-offs, and so far Group C representative is having the worst chances for the quarter-final.
We think that Argentina's victory is inevitable. But they need to put up as many points as possible to stay at the Olympics.
Our prediction - Argentina to win with a handicap of (-10,5) points
Prediction: Handicap (-10,5) on Argentina
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Despite the underdog status and a lower level of performance, Asian players are averaging 80 points per game. In our opinion, they will help to beat the total.
Our prediction - total over 166,5 points