Team France will take on Team France in the Women’s Basketball Semifinals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday.
The winner of Friday’s matchup will advance to the Gold Medal Game on Sunday while the other team will have a chance to play for a medal in Saturday’s Bronze Medal Game. Team France escaped its Quarterfinal Round contest versus Spain with a narrow 67-64 win. Meanwhile, Japan edged Belgium in what was arguably the most entertaining basketball game of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to advance to the Semifinals.
Can Japan continue its Cinderella story with a win against Team France in the Women’s Basketball Semifinals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday?
Machida’s 3-Pointer Propels Japan To Semifinals
Japan stunned Belgium with a 86-85 win in the Quarterfinal Round in a back-and-forth affair that saw several lead changes over the final minutes. After trailing by two points with under 40 seconds remaining, Japan’s Rui Machida hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 16 seconds left, the biggest of her nine points on the night. Belgium’s Kim Medstdagh missed a shot just outside of the paint as time expired to seal the win. Yuki Miyazawa finished with 21 points while Maki Takada chipped in 19 points for Japan, which shot 41 percent from 3-point range to advance.
Takada leads the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game through four games. Saki Hayashi is second on the team in scoring at 14.0 points and Miyazawa is averaging 13.0 points per contest. In addition to her clutch shooting, Machida has done a good job of distributing the rock, averaging 12.8 assists per contest. She handed out 14 dimes in the one-point win over Belgium.
Japan has been heating up from 3-point range during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. If that hot shooting can carry over into Friday morning, Japan will have a very good shot at winning its first basketball medal. Japan has knocked down a healthy 39.4 percent of its shots from 3-point range during the tournament while taking more attempts per game from deep (34.3) than any other team. Thanks in large part to Machida’s wizardry with the basketball, Japan is also committing just 10 turnovers per contest. Team Japan finished second in Group B but is just one win away from competing for a gold medal on its homecourt in Tokyo.
Williams Helps France Stifle Spain in Quarterfinal Round Win
Marine Johannes scored 18 points and Gabby Williams finished with 11 points to help Team France advance to a Quarterfinal Round win over Spain on Wednesday. France shot just 27 percent from beyond the arc but turned in a masterful defensive performance to advance. France limited Spain to just 34 percent shooting from the field and 23 percent shooting from 3-point range while racking up 21 points off turnovers in the win.
Team France has had an up-and-down 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but it has a well-balanced, veteran squad. Led by Sandrine Gruda (12.5 points per game), France has four different players averaging in double-figures during the tournament. Gabby Williams has chipped in on both ends of the floor, averaging 10.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.3 steals per contest. Williams’ defense has been a major part of France’s success in Tokyo. As a team, France has generated nearly nine steals per game, a top-three mark. The team has also benefitted from some contributions from backup center Iliana Rupert. Rupert has given France valuable minutes over the last two games, including an 11-point performance in 14 minutes versus Team USA.
Team France won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and will come into Friday’s contest as slight 3.5 point favorites. France lost the previous meeting 74-70 between these two teams in group play on July 26.
Tokyo Olympics 2020 Women’s Basketball Betting Preview
Team France comes into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Women’s Basketball Semifinals favored by just 2.5 points over Japan. Bovada sportsbook has set Team France as favorites at -185 odds while money line bettors can take squeeze a little more value by backing Japan at +155. Bovada has set the total for this contest at 149.5 points.
Tokyo Olympics 2020 Women’s Basketball Betting Trends
Trends can be valuable information for bettors looking to improve their basketball betting strategy.
Below is a shortlist of trends for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Women’s Basketball Semifinals.
- 2-2 in their last four Olympic games
- Has allowed at least 80 points in three of their last four Olympic games
- Has scored at least 70 points in all four of their 2020 Olympic games
- Is 3-1 in their last four Olympic games
- Has allowed less than 75 points in three of their last four Olympic games
- Has scored 70 points or fewer in two of their four 2020 Olympic games
2020 Tokyo Olympics Women’s Basketball Betting Predictions
Below, you can find some betting predictions for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Women’s Basketball Semifinals.
2020 Olympics Women’s Basketball Spread Prediction:
Japan entered the 2020 Tokyo Olympics ranked 10th in the world, according to FIBA Women’s Basketball. Yet, its only loss was a blowout defeat versus Team USA in its second game of the tournament. Japan takes care of the basketball and shoots 3-pointers at a high clip, which should help them make up points against a tough France team. France has disappointed at times during the Olympics and enters with a 2-2 record, which includes a 74-70 loss to Japan in the tournament opener. With Machida running the offense like a well-oiled machine, take Japan to cover the spread in the Women’s Basketball Semifinals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday.
2020 Olympics Women’s Basketball Money Line Prediction:
France is laying a little bit of extra juice in this matchup, which should leave some value on the underdogs in this spot. Team France has been inconsistent, at best, during the 2020 Olympics and will face a tough test against a team that’s already beaten them once in Tokyo. Japan isn’t afraid to let it fly from long-range, which should give them an advantage against a France squad that has knocked down just 30.8 percent of their 3-point shots. Japan has averaged nearly 35 3-point attempts per game and is shooting nearly 40 percent from distance through four contests. It should also have an edge in the turnover department, giving them a good chance of pulling off the upset once again here. Take Japan to win on the money line and advance to the Gold Medal Game on Saturday.
2020 Olympics Women’s Basketball Total Prediction:
These two teams are projected for 149.5 points but that number seems a bit too low , especially after Japan’s Quarterfinal matchup totaled 171 points. The first meeting between these two teams totaled 142 points but France shot just 21.1 percent from 3-point range and attempted only six free throws in that game. With a more concerted effort, Team France should be able to make up some points on the offensive glass and in the paint in this one. Meanwhile, Japan’s ability to avoid turnovers and shoot the 3-ball should also help drive up the total in this contest. Look for this matchup to go over the projected total on Friday.
2020 Olympics Women’s Basketball Props Prediction:
Beating a team twice in the same Olympic games is a difficult task but Japan has a chance to do that here. France had no answer for the 3-ball in the first matchup between these two teams. Japan shot 40.7 percent from long-range on 27 attempts and overcame a 13-point first-quarter performance to escape with the win. Japan won each of the final three quarters in that contest, so there could be some value on the quarter money lines in this game. Now that it has its recipe for success, expect Japan to come out firing from distance in Friday’s Semifinal Round game. Take Japan to win the first quarter of the Women’s Basketball Semifinals against France on Friday.