FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019: Where to Watch Team USA vs. Japan, Live Stream, Team News, Latest Odds

Team USA takes on Japan in the final game of Group E on Thursday, with a ticket for the second round already firmly in its hands.

The two-time defending champions' bid for an unprecedented third consecutive World Cup title got off to the perfect start with wins over the Czech Republic and Turkey, while Japan is already eliminated after losing against both teams.

The Americans rode their luck against Turkey on Tuesday, winning 93-92 in overtime to extend their winning streak in major competitions to 44 games.

Ahead by five points at halftime, Team USA opened up a 15-point gap in the second quarter, but let its slender slip through its grasp in the second half and needed two free throws from Jayson Tatum at the end of regulation to extend the game.

The Boston Celtics forward left the court late into overtime after rolling his left ankle and Gregg Popovich will hope the injury isn't too serious.

In overtime, the U.S. found themselves trailing by a point, before Khris Middleton stepped up and converted two free throws with 2.1 seconds left to clinch a dramatic win.

The Milwaukee Bucks star came off the bench to finish with a team-best 15 points, while Tatum had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Kemba Walker added 14 points but shot just 35.7 percent from the field.

"That was an incredible game to be a part of," the three-time All-Star was quoted as saying by ESPN.

"At the same time, there is so much room for improvement. We have a bunch of young guys, we're a new team, we're still learning. We're still learning each other. But I think tonight, that win, it's going to help us, you know, take this team to another level."

Positive as winning a close game was, the result against Turkey was a timely reminder this iteration of Team USA has a very small margin for error.

The defending champions struggled to score as soon as Turkey switched to a zone defense, shooting an horrendous 27-of-77 from the field.

Japan, meanwhile, lost 89-76 to the Czech Republic as it suffered a second consecutive defeat.

Rui Hachimura top scored for the Japanese with 21 points, while Nick Fazekas added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Thursday.

Team USA, Marcus Smart
#7 Marcus Smart of USA celebrates with teammate #14 Khris Middleton after they defeating Turkey in extra time during the first round match between USA and Turkey of 2019 FIBA World Cup at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center on September 3 in Shanghai, China. Yifan Ding/Getty

When and where is the game?

The defending champions take on Japan at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center on Thursday, September 5.

The game tips off at 8:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET).

TV channel

The FIBA World Cup will not be broadcast on TV in the U.S., but there are plenty of other ways to keep up with the action.

Live stream

Live stream for every game of the 2019 FIBA World Cup is available via ESPN+.

Team news

Jayson Tatum sprained his left ankle in the win over Turkey. The Boston Celtics small forward rolled his ankle with just 2.1 seconds left as he delivered a pass to Khris Middleton and had tone helped off the court.

Team USA coach Gregg Popovich said the 21-year-old will be evaluated on Wednesday, but Tatum sought to quell fears over his injury.

"I think I was slipping a little bit, I think I rolled my ankle, I think I just slipped and fell the wrong way," the third overall pick of the 2017 draft said after the game. "It feels better than when it first happened. I can walk a little bit. Obviously it's sore, but just get some treatment and see how I feel."

Japan, meanwhile, have no injury concerns to report.


According to Oddschecker, Team USA is a 28.5-point favorite and is 91/100 to win and cover the spread, while Japan is a 20/1 underdog. Meanwhile, the over/under bar in terms of total points scored is set at 171.5.

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