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Slovenia vs Japan: Prediction and Betting Tips

05:40, Jul 29 2021
Slovenia vs Japan prediction for Thursday’s Olympic Games Men’s Basketball clash at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo. Leader of Group C after matchday one Slovenia plays the hosts Japan who lost their first match against Spain. Read on for our free prediction and betting tips.

Slovenia showing they mean business

Slovenia were off to an excellent start in their Olympic Games debut game beating a strong Argentina team 118-110. Ranked 16 on the Fiba rankings, Slovenia had three World Cup and 13 Eurobasket appearances winning the gold medal in the continental tournament once in 2017.

NBA star Luka Doncic had the best performance by any player in the Olympics so far scoring 48 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. The 22-year-old made 12-15 of his shots from the mid-range Coach Aleksander Sekulic’s team are unbeaten in seven matches having all four of their Olympic qualification games that took place just before the final tournament. 

Slovenia Key Stats

  • The number of rebounds grabbed by Slovenia in their first match was 59
  • Slovenia scored 16-43 shots from the arc
  • The field goal percentage by Slovenia was 50%

Japan in a very tough task 

Ranked 42 on Fiba rankings, Japan has one of Asia’s longest basketball traditions. Playing in their seventh Olympic Games, and the first since 1976, Japan’s best result in the Olympics was finishing ninth in 1936. They have won the Asian Basketball Championships twice and appeared in the Fiba World Cup six times.

Japan have been drawn into a very tough group. Coach Julio Lamas’s team couldn’t keep up with Spain in their opening game and were down by 20 points at one stage of the game. The only are where the Japanese were better than their opponents were from the arc of three points scoring 11 shots at a percentage of 40.7%.

Japan Key Stats

  • Japan’s best scorer in their first match was Hachimura with 20 points
  • The number of turnovers by Japan in their first game was 11
  • The average field goal percentage by Japan was 40.6%

Slovenia vs Japan Prediction

There is no doubt about who will be the winner of this match. Vbet is offering 1.03 for a Slovenia win! Luka Doncic had an incredible debut in the Olympics and he sent a clear message to all other teams about his intentions in Tokyo!

Japan will do their best and rely on shooting behind the arc, something they are very good at if the Slovenian defense allows them that is. Coach Lamas will hope Hachimura of the Washington Wizards will be on the same form as he was in the first game.

All stats and predictions are favoring a big Slovenian win. If they could score 118 points against Argentina, it is expected for Luca Doncic and co to score at least over 102.5 points.

Slovenia vs Japan Betting Tips

Slovenia to score over 102.5 points 1.82 at Vbet

Under 184.5 Points 1.76 at Vbet

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