Watch Nigeria vs Japan predictions before their head-to-head. Nigeria and Japan meet Sunday night in an Olympic women’s basketball showdown. Nigeria comes into this game with a 0-2 record, while Japan won and lost a game. Nigeria has had a disappointing Olympics so far, losing each of their first two games. In the first game, Nigeria was defeated 87-62 at the hands of France, and in the last game, they did not improve as they were defeated 81-72 at the hands of the United States. They have yet to win and will face Japan hard.
Japan is a better team in comparison. Japan lost their first match against the United States, but recovered in the last, beating France 74-70. Against France, he showed great potential and determination. Being a better team, they will seek to end their group games with a victory.
Nigeria vs Japan team preview
The Nigerian team got off to a great start. The offense was a little better in the last game, but it still got off to a slow start and will have to be a lot better in this game if they want to come out with the victory. In that last game against the United States, it was a balanced attack with four of the five starters scoring in double figures. Ezinne Kalu was the best player in the last game finishing with 16 points, and they need that kind of production from her and maybe even more in this game.
Japan got off to a slow start in that last game scoring just 13 points in the first quarter, but they found more success as the game progressed, and that led to victory. One big difference for Japan compared to many teams competing in the Olympics is that they get a lot of bench production. Saki Hayashi has come off the bench, but in the last game, she was the team’s top scorer, finishing with 12 points and three triples. Japan likes to shoot 3-pointers and in the last game, they hit 11 of their 27 shots from deep.