|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|O 168.5 (-118)
|U 168.5 (-113)
Odds from PointsBet. Get up to four RISK FREE bets up to $1000 or check out more offers and promo codes for the best online sportsbooks.
It should be a closely contested matchup as both Italy and France play at a similar pace and like to exploit the halfcourt. Very little separates these two teams, but we’re giving the edge to the favorites off the back of their ability to get easy baskets in the paint.
Odds provided by PointsBet
Check out our NBA betting bonuses and promo codes here!
|Italy vs France Information|
|Teams||Italy vs France|
|Location||Super Saitama Arena, Saitama, Japan|
|Time||4:20 AM EST, August 3rd, 2021|
|How to Watch||NBC, NBC Sports, NBC Sports App|
|Meo Sacchetti||Head Coach||Vincent Collet|
|2-1 (2nd in Group B)||Standing||3-0 (1st in Group A)|
|Won 1||Form||Won 3|
Leaders (Per Game)
|S. Fontecchio (18.0)||PPG||E. Fournier (17.3)|
|N. Melli (6.0)||RPG||R. Gobert (7.7)|
|N. Mannion (5.0)||APG||N. De Colo (6.0)|
|S. Fontecchio (1.7)||SPG||N. De Colo (1.7)|
|A. Tessitori (1.0)||BPG||M. Fall (0.3)|
|S. Tonut (.560)/S. Fontecchio (7.3)||FG%/FGM||N. De Colo (.556)/E. Fournier (6.7)|
|G. Ricci (.750)/S. Fontecchio (2.7)||3P%/3PM||N. De Colo, T. Huertel (.455)/E. Fournier (2.7)|
Not known as one of the tournament’s premiere defensive teams, Italy will have their hands full when they face off against France’s aggressive attack. Italy’s organization on the defensive side can’t be underestimated, but they’ll have their biggest challenge against France.
France enters this matchup as the squad with the third most two-point field goals in the tournament, converting on almost 60% of their attempts. Much of it has to do with their drive-and-kick game, and the intimidation of Gobert in the paint.
The Italians have shown that their offence can deal with a variety of opponents, but if they can’t stop France’s penetration they could be paced out of this game quickly.
Italy impressed through their first three games in the group phase. Not having an easy night against any opponent, Baskonia forward Simone Fontecchio showed that his scoring prowess can overcome a variety of defenders.
Through three games, Fontecchio has averaged 18.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. He’s been fantastic from the three-point line as well, converting on 50% of his three-point field goal attempts.
Fontecchio doesn’t get to the free throw line very often, so he needs to find good looks early to open up his offence. Against Rudy Gobert in the paint, Fontecchio will see his fair share of opportunities from range.
France were fortunate in their group stage. Not only did they go undefeated, even beating the United States, they had a point differential of +44 through three games. When they take on Italy, they will need to adjust to Italy’s willingness to move the ball and launch from range.
The best weapon on the side of Les Bleus is center Rudy Gobert, as he is a stalwart defender at the rim. However due to Italy’s range and efficiency, France are sure to see their fair share of shots from the perimeter where Gobert doesn’t regularly compete.
Italy convert on over a third of their three-point attempts, but can run lineups where all five players can nail a shot from range. France are sure to get their own offence going, but they need to adjust to Italy’s diversified attack.
While all eyes are on France’s NBA star pair of Fournier and Gobert, it is Fenerbahce point guard Nando De Colo who organizes France’s success. The 34-year-old may not be the most exciting player on the court, but his efficiency on the offensive end has been fantastic.
Through his three group stage matches, De Colo has averaged 13.3 points, 6.0 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game while shooting 55.6% from the field. He is coming off of his most efficient game of the tournament where he shot perfectly from the field against Iran in just 15 minutes of play.
Due to his size and craftiness, De Colo causes a number of issues for his opponents when he takes the court. He’s shot modestly from three through the tournament, but if he can open up the court to go along with his drive-and-kick game, De Colo can dismantle the Italian defence.
NBA Northwest Division Winner Odds, Predictions, Best Bets 2022/23
NBA | 28 November - 09:05 | Christian Jope
Southeast Division Winner Predictions, Odds & Best Bets 2022/23
NBA | 28 November - 09:03 | Christian Jope
NBA Southwest Division Winner Predictions, Odds & Best Bets 2022/23
NBA | 28 November - 09:01 | Christian Jope
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
Email: [email protected]More info on Christian Jope
© Rebel Penguin ApS 2022 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)
We support responsible gambling. If you feel like you're losing control over your gambling experience, call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ, PA, WV), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA), 1-800-522-4700 (NV), 1-800-522-4700 (CO, TN), 1-855-2CALLGA (IL), 1-800-270-7117 (MI).
WSN.com is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.