Group B of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Men’s Basketball opens with a clash between Germany and Italy. The two teams are grouped with Australia and Nigeria and will try to secure their first points of the tournament. Only the top two teams from each group and the two best third-place teams take part in the quarterfinals, which means every win is crucial here. With NBA and EuroLeague players suiting up on both ends of the clash, we look forward to a heated opening game in Group B.
With that, NitroBetting goes over important event details in this Germany vs. Italy preview. Get a look at the key information of the participants, the latest Basketball odds, and crucial betting data such as trends and our very own expert betting predictions. Lock in on the best picks while you enjoy action-packed international basketball games.
Germany vs. Italy Game Information
- When: Sunday, July 25, 2021, 8:00 AM ET
- Where: Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan
- TV: NBC Sports Network
- Radio: NBC Sports Radio
- Live Stream: Peacock
- 2020 Tokyo Olympics Basketball Odds: Australia (-345) / Nigeria (+250)
Why is Germany a safe bet to win?
Leading the charge for Germany is Orlando Magic forward Mortiz Wagner, currently holding a solid 14.3 points per game average in the FIBA qualifiers. The team’s offense is fortified by two EuroLeague players, Maodo Lo and Joshiko Saibou, recording an average of 12.8 and 10.5 points per game, respectively. Furthermore, Maodo Lo proves his worth to the team as he leads the team in assists, averaging 4.0 per game. The Alba Berlin guard will try to dish out more assists in his Olympics debut.
The Germans earned their ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after a perfect qualifying stage, earning victories against Mexico and Russia in the first two game days. As they made their way to the latter stage of the qualifying, the team sealed two convincing wins against Croatia in the semis and Brazil in the finals. With that, they now have a shot at winning one of the most prestigious international basketball medals as they take on Italy in their first game of the tournament.
Why is Italy a safe bet to win?
Meanwhile, Italy steps inside the court as the game favorites thanks to a solid run leading up to the Olympics. Although the team played one less game in the qualifiers following Senegal’s withdrawal in the tournament due to COVID-19 related disruption, the Italians dominated their only preliminary game against Puerto Rico in a 90-83 victory.
This was followed by another dominating performance against the Dominican Republic in the semifinal, winning the game by 20 points. Italy faced Serbia in the finals and secured their 2020 Olympics seat in a 102-95 victory.
At the moment, Achille Polonara leads Italy in scoring this season with 15.7 points per game, followed closely by Stefano Tonut at 15.0 per game. Polonara also displayed dominance on the boards as he recorded an average of 7.7 rebounds per game. He is one of the key players as Italy tries to score their first points in the group stage.
Germany vs. Italy Betting Trends
- Germany is 4-0 in its last 4 games.
- Germany allows an average of 79.0 points per game this season in all international games.
- Germany averages 91.0 points per game this season in all international games.
- Italy is 3-0 in its last 3 Olympic games against Germany.
- Italy is 3-0 in its last 3 games.
- Italy averages 81.3 points per game this season in all international games.
Germany vs. Italy Expert Betting Predictions
Both teams are coming off 3 consecutive wins or more before making their way to the Olympics, and we expect this Germany vs. Italy contest to set off Group B on a high note. The Italians get the slight advantage coming into the game due to their past results and overall ranking but do not discount the capability of the Germans to cover the spread and produce the win. Ultimately, with very little separation between the two teams, which makes this a must-watch game for basketball fans and bettors.
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