Australia vs Nigeria: who will start with a win?
Australian national team ended the World Cup in China among the four best teams of the tournament. Two years ago team from Oceania lost the bronze medals to the French national team. But Australians still got their ticket to the Olympic Games.
Before the start of the Olympic tournament nominal hosts recorded three victories in friendly matches - they somehow managed to beat Argentina and USA! 50% of their squad members are playing in the NBA.
Nigerian national team finished the 2019 World Cup on the 19th place, but became the best team of the Black continent and got a straight ticket to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. They are ranked sixth in odds for getting a golden medal.
In the current month Nigeria recorded a historical victory over USA in the friendly match. Then they beat runners-up of the World Cup, Argentina. But the most recent friendly match against Australia ended with a loss for an African team (69:108).
In three most recent matches Australia scored at least 86 points
In the head-to-head match in July Nigeria scored only 69 points
Most recent head-to-head match ended with a 108:69 win for Australia
Two weeks ago Australians beat Nigeria by a 39-point margin. In our opinion, Australia will record another win in a head-to-head match. They will probably beat their oppponent by a margin of 8 or more points.
Our prediction - Australia to win with handicap of (-7,5) points
Prediction: Handicap (-7,5) on Australia
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In the warm-up friendlies Australia and Nigeria played offensively. In their second head-to-head match we are expecting another high-scoring performance from both teams. We think that opponents will be able to beat the total.
Our second prediction - total over 169,5 points