Watch USA vs Japan predictions ahead of their finals match up. The United States and Japan face off on Saturday in a women’s basketball showdown in the gold medal game. These are two teams who haven’t faced off yet in the Olympics. Coming into the Olympics there were some concerns about this United States team, but they have stepped up to the plate and found a whole lot of success in the Olympics. They have been the reigning champions since 1996. Their legacy is again on the line as they face Japan.
The other side of competition features the Japanese team. Japan who looked impressive against France in the semifinals winning 87-71. Japan was down by eight at the end of the first quarter, but then the offense really got going, and that led to Japan victory with ease. The hosts have been a tough competitor throughout and will hope to finish high.
USA vs Japan Team Preview
Team USA have been playing good. Experience of A’ja Wilson and Sue Bird have been in good use. The offense and the defense has been strong, including the last game against Serbia, they won 79-59. Breanna Stewart and Brittney Griner have been the two top players in the Olympics and in the last game they combined for 27 points. Both players have finished with double-doubles. Chelsea Gray also had a big game on the bench finishing with 14 points while hitting both of her three-pointers. In this game for the USA it’s all going to be about the offense running up the score early and trying to make this game a shootout.
The hosts have been good as well. After their much successful group stage, they did not disappoint in the deciding games. Himawari Akaho had a big game for Japan finishing with 17 points and seven rebounds. Each of the starters for Japan had at least eight points, and in this game, it’s going to be important that Japan finds the offensive success. More importantly, though is that the defense is good for Japan, and really shuts down early.
USA vs Japan Line ups and Starting 5s
The former champions USA will be starting with A’ja Wilson, Sue Bird, Brittney Griner, Breanna Stewart and Chelsea Gray. Their substitutions will be Skylar Smith, Napheesa Collier, Jewel Loyd, Ariel Atkins, Sylivia Fowels, Diana Taurasi and Tina Charles.
The hosts probable starting 5s will be Nanako Todo, Nako Motohashi, Yuki Miyaawa, Maki Takada and Himawari Akasho. Their bench will be Saki Hayashi, Monica Okoye, Rui Machida, Saori Miyazaki, Evelyn Mawuli, Nahi Miyoshi and Moeko Nagaoka.
USA vs Japan Predictions
The United States is the better team and they are going to have no issue getting the job done early in this game. Japan will look for a better defense to struggle, and the United States will cover the spread. This is USA’s game anyway. They are much more overpowering. However, Japan will give a good contest as well. Take a note of USA vs Japan predictions and pick your team.