Surprises are not lacking, as in any premiere and this is something that worries. The Czechs had a hard time against Iran and this is something that shows the peculiarities. But we move on to the second day. We have again a match with a clear favorite and an underdog. Japan welcomes Spain. The Japanese are certainly excited, but the Spaniards have come down for distinction. They have all their strong cards and they certainly do not want to be the surprise of the day. Let’s see everything in detail.
Let’s start the favorite of the match, the Spaniards. They have gone to the tournament as favorites. They have all their heavyweights on their roster and they want a medal. The Gasol brothers are there to show the way, the guards are dominated by Yul, Rodriguez and Rubio, while the strong names are not missing. The only last-minute problem is Hernangomet, whom the Timberwolves barred from going to the tournament.
His injury brought negativity to his team and the whining is not missing from the Spaniards. Their preparation went very well, giving 6 strong friendlies and having only one defeat. They lost only to the Americans and with difficulty, 83-76. Instead of that, they beat the French and the Iranians twice and go ready for the start, being in a fire group. Argentina, Slovenia, and our two opponents have tough fights to give. Every result counts.
The Japanese team for their part, has the joy of the host. Hatsimura stands out in their roster and was also their flag beater and they would like to show dynamics against the Spaniards. They gave four friendlies in their preparation and they did not do badly at all. They beat the Iranians twice, lost once, while shocking French people, whom they defeated 81-75. They are not a favorite against the Spaniards, but they come out to make a try.
We bet the “double” of the Spaniards with a handicap of -14.5 and Over 143.5, which we find at 1.92 (Tigersbet). Both teams look quite aggressive for this Over, while the Spaniards will hardly lose. They have the quality to win the match. If they do not commit suicide like the Czechs, they will end it with characteristic ease and with a difference.