France vs. Slovenia – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games Basketball Semi-Finals – Preview, Odds & Prediction
Team France will face Team Slovenia in the basketball semifinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Thursday evening.
The winner of this matchup will advance to the Gold Medal Game on Saturday, while the other team has the chance to play for a medal in the Bronze Medal Game on Saturday. Both teams remained undefeated in the preliminary rounds before winning their quarter-finals matches. Slovenia overtook Germany on the rise, while France got away with a narrow victory over Italy and got one step closer to the podium.
Can Team France turn Luka Doncic and Team Slovenia upside down in the men's basketball semi-finals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday evening?
France must get past Doncic to reach the men's basketball final
Team France beat Italy in the quarter-finals 84-75 after a strong performance from their core stars. Rudy Gobert finished with a team high of 22 points and caught nine rebounds, while Evan Fournier added 21 points and scored three 3-pointers with team highs in the win. Nicolas Batum added 15 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a total performance. France overcame a sloppy offensive by keeping Italy at just 32.4 percent when shooting from the field and 7v33 (21.2 percent) from 3-point range.
Evan Fournier leads all scorers with 28 PTS to lead France to an 83-76 win over USA 🇫🇷
First Olympic defeat for Team USA since 2004 against Argentina 😳pic.twitter.com / MibB4QSPn4
– Sideline Views (@SideIineViews) July 25, 2021
Team France, led by Gobert, has a total of five NBA players in the Olympic squad. Fournier, Batum, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Frank Ntilikina join the knee tower. Fournier leads the team with 18.3 points per game with 47 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent shooting behind the 3-point line. Team France has also received significant contributions from shooting guard Nando de Colon and point guard Tomas Huertel, who had 10 points and five assists off the bench in the quarter-final win over Italy.
Rudy Gobert ends France's quarter-final victory against Italy with a pirouette 👌
Everything I imagine goes through his head while he does it "et oup là"
Next up is Slovenia from @ luka7doncic. #Basketball # Tokyo2020 #FRA #equipedefrance pic.twitter.com/dePBwaOq8i
– Chloe Merrell (@chloe_merrell) August 3, 2021
If Team France want to advance to the men's basketball final in Tokyo, they have to aggressively clean up. In the quarter-finals, they turned the ball against Italy 20 times and only shot 7-on-22 from 3-point range to win.
France also needs to find a way to defend the three, as Slovenia attempted the most three-pointers per game (38.8) during the Olympics. Team defense has been one of the main reasons France advance to the semi-finals with an unbeaten record. With Gobert in the middle of defense, France leads the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in terms of defensive field goal percentage (38.7 percent) and is second in the 3-point defense with 31.0 percent.
Can Doncic catapult Slovenia into a gold medal game?
Slovenia reached the semi-finals in men's basketball on Tuesday with a 94:70 victory over Germany. Zoran Dragic led Slovenia with 27 points in 11v13, including 5-of-7 from 3-point distance. Doncic finished with 20 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for Slovenia, which shot out of the bow as a team 15-on-35 (42.9 percent).
Zoran Dragic pic.twitter.com/u7cHKEmpy5
– Hirukoa (@ hirukoa80) August 3, 2021
No country has found an answer for Doncic, who tops the Olympic leaderboards in several statistical categories. The Dallas Mavericks superstar leads the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in points per game with 26.3 points and tied fouls (33) in four competitions. Doncic also ranks second in the 2020 Olympics in terms of rebounds per game (10.0), assists per game (8.0) and blocked shots per game (1.3).
As a team, Slovenia leads the 2020 Olympic Games with 3-point attempts and free-throw attempts per game. Led by Doncic, five different Slovenian players achieve double-digit points on average when they reach the men's basketball semi-finals. Dragic is second on the team with 16.0 points per game, while Klemen Prepelic and Vlatko Cancar average 14.5 points per game.
Luka Doncic goes over his head with a very casual look to set up a Mike Tobey threesome. Slovenia is moving towards the rounds of medals. pic.twitter.com/NkjfVHgrs6
– USSportsbonus (@ussportsbonus) August 3, 2021
Thanks to Doncic's game, Slovenia's offensive made headlines at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. However, Slovenia was also strong on the defensive end of the floor. Despite the high speed, it is in second place in the opposing field goal percentage (40.7 percent) and in third place in the 3-point defense with 31.3 percent, just behind France in both categories.
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Team Slovenia moves into the basketball semifinals of the Olympic Games of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which is preferred over France with a meager -2.5 points. The odds makers have set the total for this game at 174.5 points. Bovada Sportsbook has selected Slovenia as a favorite with odds of -150, while moneyline bettors can get a little more value out of France with +125.
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2020 Tokyo Olympics men's basketball betting predictions
Below are some betting predictions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics basketball semifinals.
2020 Olympic Games men's basketball distribution prediction:
Believe it or not, Doncic has never lost a game while representing his country on the international stage. He led Slovenia to a gold medal with a perfect 9-0 record at the 2017 EuroBasket tournament and goes into this competition with an unbeaten 4-0 record at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. France shocked the world by beating Team USA in the preliminary round and having won all four games in Tokyo, but Gobert's inability to move outside of the color could harm them in this match. By surrounding Doncic with a bevy of outside marksmen and big enough to activate the defense, Slovenia is set up in such a way that France will face some problems in this game. Take Slovenia with you to cover the spread in the men's basketball semi-finals at the 2020 Olympics on Thursday evening.
2020 Men's Olympic Basketball Winning Line Prediction:
It's hard to bet against Doncic, who at this point in the tournament has established himself as one of the best players in the world. In contrast to most of his NBA colleagues, Doncic felt absolutely at home on the international stage and ranks at the top of the best list in almost all important statistical categories. The Slovenian star isn't shy about sharing the rock either and has shown enough confidence in his teammates to take big shots on the track. Slovenia is big enough to make life difficult for France's offensive, who played their sloppiest game of the tournament in the quarter-finals against Italy. France flipped the ball 20 times in that game and only shot 31.8 percent from 3-point distance. A similar performance will simply not make it here against Doncic and Co. Take Slovenia to win on the money line and move up to the gold medal game.
2020 Men's Olympic Games Overall Basketball Prediction:
As good as Slovenia was on the offensive, I wouldn't be surprised if this fight turns into a low-scoring affair in the semi-finals. Both teams did a good job of quelling the defense and they went up a notch on their quarterfinal round wins. With Gobert, Team France not only has the world's best defensive player, but also did a good job at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo to exclude external shooters. France ranks first in the opponent's field goal percentage and second in 3-point defense in this game. Meanwhile, Slovenia is not far behind defensively and ranks second and third in these two categories. Take this matchup to stay below the forecast total on Thursday night.
2020 Men's Olympic Games Basketball Player Prediction:
Slovenia reached the semi-finals with the most three-pointers per game as a team. With Gobert in midfield for Team France, it would be no surprise that Slovenia will be even more focused on the 3-ball on Thursday. After 5 of his 7 3-point attempts in the quarter-finals against Germany, the odds maker Zoran Dragic bet on a modest -1.5 3-points on Thursday. Dragic was on fire from a great distance during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He knocked down 50 percent of his 3-point shots before the contest on Thursday. With all the eyes expected to be on Doncic for this game, you can assume that Dragic will continue his marksmanship beyond the bow in this game. Take Dragic to get at least two threesomes in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics basketball semifinals on Thursday night.
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