Australia faces Nigeria in the Round 1 match of Group B. Both teams went head to head on July 14 in a friendly match, in which Australia won 108-69. Chris Goulding scored 21 points, and Duop Reath actions resulting in 17 points sealed the win for the Boomers.
Below in this Australia vs Nigeria (July 25) prediction are betting tips, though the latest odds and key stats are the first to discuss. The match will commence on Sunday, July 25, at 8.20 a.m. GMT. Game venue for this opener is Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo
Australia vs Nigeria Olympic basketball latest odds on betting sites
Australia's moneyline odds are 1.28 (-360 American; 5/18 Fractional), and Nigeria’s odds are 3.75 (+275; 11/4). The approximate probability is 73% against 27%, respectively.
Over/Under points total:
- Over 171.5 points ― 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Under 171.5 points ―1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Handicap Australia (-8.5) ― 1.83 (-120; 5/6)
- Handiсap Nigeria (+8.5) ― 2.00 (+100; evens)
Australia vs Nigeria Olympic basketball match preview and stats
Australia played 3 out of their 4 exhibition games. The 4th was canceled due to Covid protocols. Aussies won all three games. They scored a 3 point gap against Argentina (87-84), dominated against Nigeria (108-69) and had a win over the USA (91-83).
Joe Ingles, Patty Mills and Aron Baynes are key players to watch out for. According to FIBA, Australia is ranked third right after the USA and Spain.
Nigeria have had an impressive preliminary period to their Olympics. As underdogs, the D’Tigers won 2 of their 3 exhibition matches. They beat the USA, who is currently the No. 1 ranked team, with a score of 90-87, as well as Argentina, the No. 4 ranked team, with a scoreline of 94-71. As mentioned earlier, Nigeria fell against the Boomers (69-108).
Gabe Vincent, Josh Okogie and Precious Achiuwa are key players to watch out for in the D’Tigers opener against Australia.
Australia vs Nigeria Olympic basketball key players and lineups
Australia projected lineup:
- Point guard ― Patty Mills
- Shooting guard ― Matthew Dellavedova
- Small forward ― Joe Ingles
- Power forward ― Jack Landale
- Center ― Aron Baynes
San Antonio Spurs player Patty Mills is set to represent his country at the Olympics. The point guard won the 2013-2014 NBA Championship with the Spurs. Mills will be key in the Boomers run for the Olympic medals.
Nigeria projected lineup:
- Point Guard ― Gabe Vincent
- Shooting Guard ― Josh Okogie
- Small Forward ― KZ Okpala
- Power Forward ― Ike Nwamu
- Center ― Precious Achiuwa
The Miami Heat point guard Gabe Vincent has been vital to D’Tigers wins. Gabe had 21 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 steal from 66.7% FG in the game against the USA. Vincent averaged 10.67 points per game and 3.50 assists per game from the exhibition matches. Gabe has to deliver more at this year’s Olympics to increase D’Tigers chances of winning any medal.
Australia vs Nigeria Olympic basketball betting tips and prediction
The Australian team is in good form after winning their friendlies and are headed to the tournament with high momentum. Nigeria will be an underdog, but they shouldn’t be underestimated. We’ve seen the upsets they’ve caused against the Americans and the Argentine squad.
Nigeria have had first-hand experience with the Australian team and will make adjustments. Both teams have good shooters and on par size. If Nigeria finds their rhythm, they can win.
Betting prediction: Nigeria to win
Odds: 3.75 (+275 American; 11/4 Fractional)