Basketball at Tokyo Olympics: Japan vs Belgium Predictions, Previews and Line ups – Women’s Quarterfinals, 4th August, 2021


Basketball at Tokyo Olympics: Japan vs Belgium Predictions, Previews and Line ups – Women’s Quarterfinals, 4th August, 2021

Japan Basketball Team

Watch Japan vs Belgium predictions as they face off early on Wednesday morning in a women’s basketball Olympic quarterfinal. The winner of this game moves onto the semi-finals, with the loser being eliminated. Japan has looked pretty good so far during the Olympics with their only loss coming against the United States. Japan’s two wins came against Nigeria and France. Despite being a little toppled initially, they have put more efforts. Being the host team much of support has been flowing their way.

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Japan vs Belgium Predictions
Japan Basketball Team

Meanwhile, on the other side of this matchup is Belgium who lost their first game of the Olympics against China before winning their next two games. Belgium have been playing around Emma Meesseman for quite a while. They didn’t seem promising in the preliminary group stage but later their offense startled the opponents. This one of their greatest chance to barge in to semi-finals.

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Japan vs Belgium Predictions
Belgium Team

The Japanese team are being overwhelmed by the huge support. In the game against Nigeria, Japan’s offense was elite, scoring 102 points, and that was enough for Japan to get the job done. In the last game against France, it was a close game that Japan won by only four points. Japan hasn’t really had a star player during the Olympics, but they have used a balanced attack to find their success. Saki Hayashi has come off the bench during the Olympics, but in the last game was the top scorer finishing with 12 points while making three 3-pointers. Japan is a team that leans on the shot from deep, and they are going to need to find that success in this game. 

Belgium are also getting the much needed hype. The women’s team in the last game against Australia it was the offense that was the difference putting up 85 points and that led to the victory. Emma Meesseman is the star for Belgium, and she has carried the team to this point. In the last game against Australia, Meesseman finished with 32 points and nine rebounds. In this game for Belgium, it’s going to be about defending the three-point line, and making life tough on Japan from deep. If Belgium can take away the three-point line, they will be in good shape to get the job done. 

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Japan vs Belgium Line Ups and Starting 5s

Japan vs Belgium Predictions
Japan Basketball Team

The Japanese team will start with Rui Machida, Naho Miyoshi, Saori Miyazaki, Nako Motohashi and Maki Takada. Their substitution options will be Yuki Maiyazawa, Saki Hayashi, Himawari Akaho, Nanako Todo, Moeko Nagaoka, Evelyn Mawuli and Monica Okoye.

Belgium starting 5 will be Billie Massey, Emma Meesseman, Ann Wauters, Heleen Nauwelaers and Julie Vanloo. Their rotational options will be Antonia Delaere, Kyara Linkens, Hanne Mestdagh, Jana Raman, Kim Mestdagh and Julie Allemand.

Japan vs Belgium Predictions

Japan vs Belgium Predictions
Belgium Basketball Team

Japan is going to make their shots from deep and that will be the difference in this game as they find success. Belgium isn’t going to be able to keep up, and Japan will come away with the cover of the spread. But Japan have an edge over Belgium with a home team advantage. Belgium will need to have make huge efforts stopping the host team. Watch Japan vs Belgium predictions quarter final ahead of their game.

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