Japan vs. France Olympic Women’s Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 8/6/21

France vs. Japan
August 6, 2021 7:00 am EDT
The Line: France -3 / Total: 149
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Japan and France face off in the women’s basketball Olympics semi-finals on Friday morning. The winner of this game will go to the Gold Medal game, while the losing team will have a chance for the bronze. 

The home team hopes that they can bring home gold for the home country. In the quarterfinals, Japan faced off with Belgium and it was a tight match that went down to the final seconds. Japan was down heading into the 4th quarter, but they outscored Belgium 86-85 to come away with the one-point victory. Yuki Miyazawa was the best player for Japan in the last game finishing with 21 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Japan had four players who finished with at least 10 points. In this game, if Japan wants to come away with the victory, they are going to need the offense to be good early and not trying to fight back late. 

On the other side of this matchup is France who faced off with Spain in the last game and France was able to win by three points. France was involved in a lower-scoring game, and France was able to win 67-64. The best player in that last game for France was Marine Johannès who came off the bench and finished with 18 points and five rebounds. The top starter for France only finished with 11 points, and in this game, they need more production from the starters.

France is going to slow down the pace of this game because they don’t want to get into a shootout with Japan. Look for the slower pace to slow down the pace of this game. Back the under to cash.

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