France vs USA: central match of the first round
France national team won the bronze medals on the 2019 World Cup in China. A third place in the World Cup gave a straight ticket to the Olympic Games. Vincent Collet is still the main coach of Les Blues. His players lost all three warm-up friendlies: two to Spain and one to Japan.
Five members of France national team roster are playing in the NBA and two players are stars of the Euroleague - Nando De Colo and Thomas Heurthel.
There are many talented players in the NBA, enough for a number of American Dream Teams. But two years ago an unbalanced USA squad put up a disastrous performance in the World Cup at China. An overwhelming favourites were eliminated in the quarter-final. As a result they got a humiliating seventh place, but got a spot in the Olympic Games as the best team of North America.
Gregg Popovitch's side continued to put up terrible performances in the warm-up friendlies before the Olympics - they had sensational defeats in matches against Australia and Nigeria!
In two most recent friendlies Stars and Stripes beat Argentina and Spain. Nominal visitors' main star player is Kevin Durant.
Frenchmen lost three most recent games with a total under 170
Three last matches of the French team ended with a total under 170 points
Two years ago Vincent Collet beat Gregg Popovich quite easily in the World Cup at China. But today American has a way better squad. We think that the main favourite of the Olympics will have revenge and beat their opponent by a number of points.
Our prediction - USA to win with a handicap of (-11,5) points
Prediction: Handicap (-11,5) on USA
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Results of the French national team's recent matches are showing that the bronze medalists of the World Cup are still searching for their game, so they are unlikely to put up a high-scoring performance today.
Our second bet is on France individual total under 83,5 points