Watch Australia vs Slovenia predictions as they face off in their upcoming medal tally decider. Slovenia will lock horns with Australia in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics bronze medal match. The Boomers were beaten comprehensively by Team USA, losing the game 97-78. The Boomers looked in control of their destiny in the semi-finals matchup against the USA but took their foot off the pedal in the third quarter, which led to Kevin Durant and co. going on a 32-10 run. But such efforts have kept hope for their 3rd finish in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Slovenia fought till the end, ultimately succumbing to a 90-89 loss to France. Slovenia put in a valiant effort against the French, but Nicolas Batum‘s buzzer block effectively sealed their fate. They have been largely carried by the golden boy Luka Doncic. Now it is his last chance to finish at the medal tally.
Australia vs Slovenia Team Preview
The Aussies‘ offense wilted under pressure once Team USA started playing aggressive defense, and they will have to do a better job on that end in the bronze medal game. Patty Mills, who scored 20 points against the USA and has arguably been the best player in the tournament, will once again be tasked with leading the team’s offense. Boomers still have a lot in hand and a better team to compete for the bronze medal. Patty Mills and former Cleveland Cavaliers star Matthew Dellavedova will take up the point guard and shooting guard positions, respectively. Utah Jazz veteran Joe Ingles will start at small forward, while Nick Kay will take up the power forward spot.
Luka Doncic registered the first Olympics triple-double since LeBron James did it at the 2012 London Olympics, but it wasn’t enough to take the Slovenians to the finals of the event. Slovenia will now set their eyes on the bronze medal, and head coach Aleksander Sekulic will expect major contributions from Klemen Prepelic and center Mike Tobey, both of whom have been in brilliant form for Slovenia. They will need to improve on those two fronts if they are to bag the bronze medal.
Australia vs Slovenia Line ups and Starting 5s
The Boomers will start with Patty mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Joe ingles, Jock Landle and Aron Baynes. Their substitutions will be Matisse Thybulle, Nathan Sobey, Josh Green, Nick Kay, Duop Reath, Dante Exum and Chris Goulding.
The Slovenian starters will be Luka Doncic, Jaka Blazic, Mike Tobey, Vlakto Cancar and Zoran Dragic. Their rotational players will be Aleksij Nikolic, Luka Rupnik, Gregot Hrovat, Jakob Cebasek, Clemen preplic, Edo Muric and Ziga Dimec.
Australia vs Slovenia Predictions
Slovenia has looked like a well-drilled unit so far, and expect them to give the Boomers a run for their money. Luka Doncic and co. are slight favorites going into this bronze medal clash, and expect them to clinch a narrow win. The Australians have been extremely reliant on Patty Mills’ prowess, which might lead to them coming up short against Slovenia. Watch Australia vs Slovenia predictions which will be a tough fight for the 3rd place.