Japan eyes positive results

Japan eyes positive results

Japan are aiming to continue their positive results in the World Cup, as they meet with Australia, looking as they remain optimistic of their chances in the next round. This match is crucial for both Japan and Australia, this is a decider match of their places in the next round. In the group standings, these two teams are in the second and third spot. However, these two teams are with the same record, winning once and losing once. Japan is coming into this match from a surprising win against Finland, while Australia is from a loss against Germany. Expect that Japan and Australia will be going to go all-out here, as their spots in the next round is at stake. The meeting between these two teams is on August 29, 2023, at 7:10 PM (GMT+8).

Japan

FIBA World Cup: Japan
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Japan has a mixed results in the contest, having one loss form their opener, and winning their second match. Japan had a devastating loss against Germany when they opened their World Cup campaign in the contest. Fortunately, they were able to win their second match against Finland, having a 18-point lead against Finland. It was an important win for Japan, as they were able to give themselves a chance for the next round. On their match against Finland, Japan proved that they are one of the best Asian team in the contest. It was Josh Hawkinson who led Japan, as he delivered a high-quality shooting. However, when it comes to Australia, they can no longer afford to allow them have a huge lead. Although they were able to comeback against Finland, Australia is on a different level, so they need to make use of their advantage.

Rui Hachimura will no longer play for Japan, as he did not played for the Japanese squad since the opener. Fortunately, for the players who are currently active, they have no injuries and are healthy coming into this important game.

Australia

FIBA World Cup: Australia
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Australia is at the second of their group standings, earning one loss and one win as well. However, unlike Japan, Australia opened their campaign with a 98-72 win against Finland. It is just unfortunate that they were not able to continue that run, as they lost on their second game. They were defeated by Germany, which is a crucial one for them, as it could have made their campaign easier. Patty Mills, and Josh Giddey could have been huge for Australia. However, since the two are inexperienced internationally, it is very evident during their match against Germany. Their coach believes that they are still in-need to improve their defensive rebounding, as it was one of their lapses against Germany. Nonetheless, expect Australia to go all-out here, as they aim for their chances in the next round.

Ben Simmon, who did not take part in their first two games is still not available here. Moreover, Jock Landale is also unavailable here, as he sustained an injury hours before their travel to Japan.

Prediction:

Australia
Total Under: 75.5
Odds: 0.84

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