The USA women’s basketball team makes its way to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after a rather comfortable qualification through the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. Come Tuesday, they take on Nigeria to kick start their first game of the event. Currently, they join France, Japan, and Nigeria in Group B. They will try to get a good start to their Olympic dreams and score their first win to further improve their chances of claiming one of the top two spots.
Meanwhile, the Nigerians found their way to the 2020 Olympics following a positive performance at the Africa Pre-Qualifying Tournament. This is their second appearance in the Olympic Games and is a chance for the team to showcase their skills after a string of solid results leading up to the event.
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USA vs. Nigeria Game Information
- When: Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 12:40 AM ET
- Where: Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan
- TV: NBC Sports Network
- Radio: NBC Sports Radio
- Live Stream: Peacock
- 2020 Tokyo Olympics Basketball Odds: TBA
Why is USA a safe bet to win?
The U.S Women’s Olympic team was in a rut during the early stages of their pre-Olympic exhibition phase, as they lost two games in a row for the first time in 10 years. Nevertheless, the Americans bounced back with a commanding win against Nigeria 93-62. This gave us a glimpse of what could happen in the upcoming game as they come into the game in high spirits.
Leading the attack of Team USA will be A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart, who scored 16 points and 14 points, respectively, in their previous exhibition game against Nigeria. We anticipate the team to go off to a strong start and create a huge lead before halftime. If they can further improve their team chemistry and utilize the services of Brittney Griner as well as the deep bench squad, there’s no question that they are the strongest contenders in the group, if not in the entire tournament. As long as the team does not fall back into a slump like what happened during their recent tune-up games, this squad should be able to overcome the high-ranking teams in the tournament.
Why is Nigeria a safe bet to win?
It would be interesting to see this relatively young Nigerian team rise to the occasion as they set foot on the biggest sporting event on the planet. After a solid showing in the 2019 AftoBasket that saw the team claim the gold medal, there’s reason to believe that this is the team to look out for.
The team features a handful of players who have played in the WNBA in contrast to the USA Women. The lineup only shows Promise Amukamara, Evelyn Akahtor, and Ify Ibekwe had previous experience playing in the WNBA. However, there’s more to Nigeria than meets the eye. On top of the aforementioned names, the current roster showcases several key players coming from local leagues and the European league.
Sarah Imovbioh, Aisha Mohammed, and Atonye Nyingifa are the three other names that could provide help on both ends of the court. Ultimately, we look forward to a competitive D’Tigress team ready to challenge some of the best in the sport.
USA vs. Nigeria Betting Trends
- USA beat Nigeria by 29 points in their last exhibition game.
- USA is perfect 8-0 in their last 6 Olympic campaigns.
- USA is 1-1 in their last 2 friendly games.
- Nigeria is 2-4 in their last 6 friendly games.
- Nigeria is 1-2 in their last 3 Olympic qualifier games.
- Nigeria averaged 61.5 points per game in their last 6 friendly games.
USA vs. Nigeria Expert Betting Predictions
While it’s clear that the USA Women’s team gets the upper hand on paper, there’s something about Nigeria that sparks pressure on the favorites. We’ve seen them play and their chances of pulling off a win here are not out of the picture. If the Americans put their guard down, they might be in trouble as soon as the Nigerians start connecting. Moreover, there’s a good chance that Nigeria can cover the spread. Ultimately, this game might get unexpectedly close when looking at the recent results both teams produced.
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