Men's Olympic Basketball Semifinal: France Vs. SloveniaPublished August 5, 2021 by Sol FH
Who will join Team USA in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Men's Basketball Final? Watch the action today at 12:00 GMT.
Men's basketball at the Olympics is a huge event and one that the United States has had a hold on the gold medal, minus a misstep in 2004. The question is always the same...will a lesser talented team be able to take down the giants? This year, joining the US in the Basketball Final will be either France or Slovenia, who will play their Semifinal match today at 12:00 GMT.
The real story of this event has been Olympic newcomers, Slovenia, still on their Cinderella run led by Luka Doncic, who is proving to be one of the best players on the planet both in the NBA and in the Olympics.
Slovenia made quick work of Germany in the quarterfinals, crushing the German side 94-70. On the other side, Team France cruised to an easy victory of the Italians in the quarterfinals 84-75.
Les Bleus have looked very good throughout the Tokyo Olympics. They have finished in 6th place at the last two Olympic Games and finally have a chance to play for a medal.
Against Italy, Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier dropped 22, and 21 points, respectively. Nicolas Batum had 15, and France controlled the entirety of the match.
Slovenia will be no pushover. They are geniuses off the pick and roll a lot with Doncic and Zoran Dragic.
Doncic usually excels when playing against the Utah Jazz big men too, averaging almost 30 points per game against the Jazz in the league. If Doncic can expose Gobert, Slovenia should be able to pick apart France's defense and put a lot of points on the board.
Olympic Betting Lines
The odds are in favor of Slovenia. Doncic and Dragic are two superstars that can totally take over any game and leave their opponents looking for answers. bet365 Sports has Slovenia at 1.62 and France at 2.40.
The odds in the article at the bookmaker mentioned above were accurate at the time of writing on August 5, 7:00 GMT.