Watch Japan vs France predictions as they face each other at the semifinals. Japan and France face off on Monday in a women’s basketball showdown in the Olympics. This is the first game for both of these teams in Group B. This Japan team can’t feel too confident heading into this game, especially with no fans being behind them in the stands. Japan have been the most unexpected team to reach this far. It is their golden chance to make a medal tally.
On the other side of this matchup is France, who most believe will be the second team to make it out of this group, but they can’t overlook this game. This is a French team that has a loaded backcourt. France have been one of the best team in the Olympics. It will be a clatter of events flowing their way.
Japan vs France Team Preview
This Japan team is very undersized with the average player being only 5’9″. The best player for this team was expected to be former WNBA player Ramu Tokashiki, but she is still recovering from an ACL injury and won’t be playing in the tournament. In this game, and the entire tournament, Japan is going to need to try and make up for their lack of size, something that won’t be easy to do. If Japan doesn’t do a good job of rebounding, this is going to be a long game for them.
French star L.A. Sparks standout Gabby Williams is one of the best players on this squad, and they are going to need him to have a big game. This is a team with a lot of offensive talent and the higher scoring this game is, the better the chance that France will come away with the victory. In this game, France is probably going to try and push the pace, and also really crash the boards trying to take advantage of the size of Japan.
Japan vs France Line ups and Starting 5s
The Japanese starting 5 will be Maki Takada, Saori Miyazaki, Rui Machida, Moeko Nagaoka and Yuki Miyazawa. Their rotational players will be Nanako Todo, Monica okoye, Himawari Akaho, Saki Hayashi, Naho Miyoshi, Nako Motohashi and Evelyn Mawuli.
The France team will be starting with Sarah Michel, Iliana Rupert, Gabby Williams, Endy Miyem and Alix Duchet. Their substitution players will be Helena Ciak, Marine Johannes, Valeriane Vukosavljevic, Marine Fauthoux. Alexia Chartereau and Sandrine Gruda.
Japan vs France Predictions
The France team are the favorites to win the semifinals against the Japanese squad. Despite the hosts making this far they are on a lower berth. Being a little underwhelmed they will be the stars in the hometown. France have a good advantage on their offense end. Height advantage and Sandrine Gruda’s experience must be enough for the team to make it past the hosts. Watch the Japan vs France predictions here ahead of their matchup.