Check out Italy vs Australia prediction as the teams line up to clash. After opening wins for both Italy and Australia at the Tokyo Olympics, the two sides match up on Wednesday with the hope of taking a commanding position atop Group B. Italy have been very surprising this time. They defeated Germany with an outstanding offensive display. More than that the team chemistry for the team was on point.
The Boomers have been #3 for a long time. Their recent game against Nigeria proved why they are so hyped team. Australia are looking to compete for a medal at the Tokyo Olympics and will hope to top Group B. They stifled Nigeria’s offense and used their size as an advantage in the paint with the likes of Aron Baynes and Jock Landale. Now further ahead they wish to seal a spot in the medal tally.
Italy vs Australia Team Preview
As a team, the Italians were extremely efficient on offense, shooting at 50% from the field and 48% from beyond the arc. On the other end of the court, Italy’s defense grabbed more steals (11) and conceded fewer points in the paint compared to their opponents. Forward Simone Fontecchio led the scoring with 20 points, connecting with all five of his three-point efforts, while Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Danilo Gallinari provided 18 from the bench.
Australia will hope to use their size in the frontcourt to overrun the Italians, as well as being able to draw on NBA talent from the bench in Dante Exum and Matisse Thybulle. Thybulle tallied an impressive five steals to go along with his seven points and four rebounds on 23 minutes. While their shooting on the whole was poor from the field (39%), they will have time to improve by the knockout stages and were able to make 17 of their 19 free-throws.
Italy vs Australia Line ups and Starting 5s
The Italian team will start with Marco Spissu, Nico Mannion, Stefano Tonut, Danilo Gallinari and Nicolo Melli. Their rotational players will be Simone Fontecchio, Amedeo Tessitori, Giampaolo Ricci, Riccardo Moraschini, Michele Vitali, and Alessandro Pajola.
The Australian saquad starters will be Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles, Aron baynes and Jock Landale. Their bench options will be Ryan Broekhoff, Chris Goulding, Brock Motum, Josh Green, Matisse Thybulle, Will Magnay and Deng Adel.
Italy vs Australia Predictions
This is likely to be a closely-fought encounter between two teams hoping to top the group. Both have excellent shooters from beyond the arc and NBA stars as their leaders. Although Italy impressed in their opener, Australia will come into this fixture as favorites and should deliver. Their offense was below par against Nigeria and it can be expected to improve for this tougher matchup. Expect Joe Ingles and Patty Mills to step up again. catch the Italy vs Australia prediction ahead of their battle.