The women’s basketball tournament continues at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. On Friday, a pair of semifinal contests are on the docket, with sky-high stakes in both. The United States faces Serbia on one side, but the other side of the Olympic women’s basketball bracket features Japan against France. Both Japan and France enter in top form, and both sides play an entertaining brand of basketball.
Tip-off is set for 7 a.m. ET. France is a three-point favorite in the latest Japan vs. France odds from Caesars Sportsbook. The over-under for total points is set at 149. Before making any France vs. Japan basketball picks or predictions, you need to see what SportsLine’s Olympics expert, Mike Tierney, has to say.
A national sportswriter whose work appears in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered nine Olympic Games in person. At Rio in 2016, Tierney profited big-time. He told readers to bet over on Team USA’s gold medal count (41.5) and over on Team USA’s overall medal count (102.5). The result? 46 golds, 121 medals and two easy cashes.
And for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Tierney hit two of his three predictions: Germany (+200) to win the most gold medals and the United States winning under 10.5 gold medals (+110).