2019 FIBA – Japan vs USA
The USA are the two-time defending World Cup champions, hoping to become the first team to win the FIBA tournament three times in a row. They face Japan in the final game of Group E, which should be an interesting clash between two teams with differing aims for the tournament.
Does Japan have any chance against the NBA stars from the USA? Nitrogen Sports Blog has prepared a FIBA World Cup USA vs Japan 2019 preview below.
Japan vs USA FIBA World Cup match betting preview
Japan has the unenviable task of taking on the USA in their Group E matchup. While the Americans are more wary of contenders from Europe, Japan has some players who can make their presence felt in this game.
Rui Hachimura will shoulder the burden of responsibility for his country. He’s just 21, but he’s hyped up as a potential breakout player after being picked ninth overall in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards. He’s been impressive in previous games against Iran and Germany, and this could be the perfect opportunity to announce himself on the world stage.
Team USA will be relying on the spine of the Boston Celtics, with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker representing for the NBA side. They’re seen as heavy favourites to win the tournament outright along with Serbia, which is one of the teams that can beat Team USA.
They won by a single point when they faced them once more in February, allowing them to top the group by a single point. In comparison, Japan earned their place as the third-best placed team from the Asian qualifiers.
Many high-profile names have ruled themselves out for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, including LeBron James, who seems to be more interested in remaking Space Jam than playing basketball in China at this time of the year. Others preferred to prepare for the upcoming 2019-20 NBA season.
The disparity between the two teams is clear, and it’ll take a miracle for the Japanese to come away with anything more than a respectable performance.
Who do you think will emerge victorious when the two teams face off? Will Hachimura live up to the hype?
This FIBA USA vs Japan 2019 matchup will most likely end up in a blowout, and could make for a boring watch — not if you have a bet, though. Check out the latest odds and lines for this game over at Nitrogen Sports. Also, get a lowdown of the basics of wagering with our sports betting guide.