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China vs Australia Olympics Women's Basketball Tips - Opals tipped to cover

  • Group C game will take place at Saitama Super Arena on Friday night
  • Australia lost to Belgium in their opening game
  • China crushed Puerto Rico in their opener
Ezi Magbegor will try to lead the Opals to their first win in the Tokyo Olympics. (ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images)
The Opals were appalling in their opener against Belgium so are in a major bounceback spot. 

Ezi Magbegor scored 20 points and eight rebounds but it was not enough as the Australians absorbed an 85-70 defeat in their opening Group C game in Saitama last Tuesday. Cayla George backed her up with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Katie Ebzery and Bec Allen chipped in 11 and 10, respectively. 

China, meanwhile, opened their campaign with a 97-55 demolition of Puerto Rico. Li Yueru led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

China are no pushover but the Opals are chock full of WNBA talent including Alanna Smith and Steph Talbot, who both did not play against the Belgians. It's uncertain if they will see action in this game. This is a must-win for the No.2 team in the world.


Australia are the favourites here despite their opening game defeat and we expect them to cover the line.

Best Bet: Australia -5.5 Line @-125 at BetMGM - 1 Unit

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