Watch Argentina vs Japan predictions in their upcoming match. Argentina will take on hosts Japan in their last group game of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 men’s basketball competition on Sunday. Both sides lost their first two games of the tournament. Argentina are coming off a 71-81 loss against Spain, while Japan endured an 81-116 reverse against Slovenia in their last match. Argentina are good side, yet they could not manage a victory yet. Veteran player Luis Scola and NBA guard Facundo Campazzo will look to ensure their first victory.
This clash will be pivotal in deciding the fate of the two sides regarding their chances of qualifying for the next round. The two best third-placed teams will clinch the last two quarter-final spots. The host team Japan will be looking at their first victory from this game. Japan have been getting decent starts but haven’t been able to perform consistently in their opening two matches at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Argentina vs Japan Team Preview
Argentina have not been in their best of forms. They are a pretty good roster, yet they have not managed a single victory yet. In their last match against Spain, the Argentines couldn’t get going offensively as they succumbed to a defeat. They scored 71 points on 26-of-61 field goal shooting. Nicolas Laprovittola had a stellar game, though, as he led Argentina’s charge with 27 points on 9-of-14 field goal shooting, including five threes. Apart from him, veteran Luis Scola (13 points) and Facundo Campazzo (ten points) were the only other Argentine players to score in double-digits.
The Japanese team on the other hand, are trying their best. Yet, they were routed by a dominant Slovenia team led by Luka Doncic. Japan put up a decent fight until the end of the third quarter, but they were blown away by Doncic and co. in the fourth. The hosts were outscored 36-17 in that stretch. NBA star Rui Hachimura will be a player to watch out for.
Argentina vs Japan Line Ups and Starting 5s
The Argentina starting 5 would be Facundo Campazzo, Luca Vildoza, Patricio Garino, Luis Scola and Marcos Delia. Their substation will be Nico Laprovittola, Tayavek Gallizzi, Nicolas Brussino, Juan Pablo Vaulet, Gabriel Deck and Leandro Bolmaro.
Japanese starters will be Makoto Hiejima, Daiki Tanaka, Yuta Watanabe, Rui Hachimura and Gavin Edwards. Their rotations will be Yuki Togashi, Kosuke Kanamaru, Tenketsu Harimoto, Leo Vendrame, Yudai, Baba and Avi Schafer.
Argentina vs Japan Predictions
Argentina will enter the contest as the overwhelming favorites. They have a more experienced and complete roster overall. Japan have shown a lot of promise so far, but they still need to improve in a lot of areas. Nevertheless, it should be an exciting contest, as both teams will look to put up a great fight in a bid to claim their first win at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 basketball tournament. Here is Argentina vs Japan predictions ahead of their matchup.