Slovenia vs. Australia Tokyo 2020 Olympics Men’s Basketball Odds, Preview, and Predictions – August 7, 2021
Despite losing in the semifinals, both Slovenia and Australia still have a shot at taking home some Olympic hardware at the Tokyo 2020 men’s basketball tournament. Who’ll finish in third place of the event: Cinderella story Slovenia, or perennial Olympic contender Australia?
Read on for our Slovenia vs. Australia men’s basketball bronze medal game odds and preview below. And for even more updates from the world of professional sports, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.
Tokyo 2020: Slovenia vs. Australia men’s basketball bronze medal game preview and odds
Where: Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan
When: Saturday, August 7, 2021, 7:00 AM ET
Odds: Team USA (-2) vs. France (+2); over/under: 179.5
Where to watch: NBC, Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
What to know about Slovenia
Slovenia vs. Australia betting odds for Slovenia: -2
Slovenia was one point away from advancing to the gold medal game. But alas; Luka Doncic and Co. ultimately fell to France in the semis in heartbreaking fashion, 90-89.
Doncic scored just 16 points for his team; the third straight game that he’s failed to lead his side in the scoring department after dropping a total of 73 points in the first two games of the tournament. Nonetheless, the former MBA MVP candidate still finished with a triple-double line with his 10 rebounds and a whopping 18 assists.
The Slovenians are the second-highest scoring team in the event, scoring an average of 02.4 points per game. Their perimeter shooting will certainly be put to the task against an Australian team that has towering presences in the paint as they look to win their first-ever Olympic medal in men’s basketball.
What to know about Australia
Slovenia vs. Australia betting odds for Australia: +2
Australia just can’t seem to get over the Team USA hump, as the team’s 97-78 loss in the semis makes it six consecutive losses to the Red, White, and Blue in the Summer Olympics.
Patty Mills continues to be the top star for the Aussies, as he finished with team-highs of 15 points and eight assists in defeat. There’s plenty of NBA talent of past and present on the Boomers’ squad such as Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes, and Matthew Dellavedova, which is more than what the Slovenians can boast about on their roster.
In addition, three of Australia’s four wins in the tournament were by double digits. The team also blew away former Olympic standout Argentina by 38 points in the quarterfinals, making the Aussies’ lopsided loss more of an inevitable outcome against their long-time rivals and not a reflection of their performances against teams not named Team USA.
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What’s your Slovenia vs. Australia prediction?
Both Slovenia and Australia are looking to win their first-ever medal in men’s basketball at the Summer Olympics. As such, this bronze medal game should be a hotly-contested showdown that’s as unpredictable as they come. The slim odds in favor of Slovenia would agree that this game will be a tight one as well.
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