Germany vs. Nigeria – Olympic Basketball, July 28, 2021
After suffering double-digit losses in their respective openers, Germany and Nigeria square off in what’s likely a must-win game to keep their knockout stage hopes alive. Those planning on betting on the action at Saitama Super Arena, remember that this game tips at 9 PM ET on Tuesday.
I’ll highlight the odds and offer insight for each team. A Germany vs. Nigeria pick is included.
Germany vs. Nigeria Odds
All of the sites endorsed in this Olympic basketball betting guide installed Naija as a 4.5-point favorite over the Germans. One of these two squads from Group B has a good chance of advancing to the knockout stage, although a victory on Wednesday is imperative to keep the dream alive.
The total is bouncing around between 165.5 and 166, and there are an assortment of Olympic basketball props associated with this game. For example, MyBookie has unleashed another 15+ markets tied to quarters, halves, team totals, and more.
Perhaps the most straightforward way to get money down is going with a good-old-fashioned money-line wager.
Why Germany Can Win
Germany was a 4.5-point underdog last time out against Italy. That didn’t stop them from jumping out to a 10-point lead after the first quarter. It certainly didn’t deter them from leading by four entering the final frame, nor did it discourage their outside shooting.
After being outscored 24-10 in the fourth quarter and thus allowing the first game to slip away, Germany should come out guns blazing Wednesday against Nigeria. Confirming the notion that he’s among the most electrifying players in Tokyo, Maodo Lo scored 24 points on 9/12 shooting and added four rebounds and four assists in game #1. Between Lo’s hot play and getting a more efficient game out of Moritz Wagner, Germany has every right to believe they should win this game.
Why Nigeria Can Win
It’s true that they’ve tapered off since their hot start in Vegas, but Nigeria showed promise in their opening game. Pitted against perhaps the most well-rounded unit in Tokyo, Nigeria battled the Boomers before ultimately running out of gas in the fourth quarter.
The good news is the D’Tigers won’t be facing the same long and athletic Australian club that held them to 29.2% from deep. Instead, Nigeria is matched up against a defense that yielded 48.4% three-point shooting on Sunday.
Gabe Vincent will be looking to bounce back after a less-than-stellar performance, and don’t expect this group to shoot under 40% from the floor as they did against the Aussies. Mike Brown is too experienced of a coach not to make the proper adjustments.
Germany vs. Nigeria Betting Pick
Time to lock in a Germany vs. Nigeria prediction. Envisioning a closely contested game that should go down to the wire, give me the team getting 4.5 points. Give me the team who’s hungry for redemption after having a quality Italian team on the ropes.
Let me fade the team who shot 12-24 from the free-throw line. Let me fade the coaching staff that is yet to settle on a rotation (10 players on Nigeria played at least 11 minutes versus Australia).
I was tempted to back Germany to win the game outright (+155). However, taking advantage of the 4.5-point spread is even more enticing.