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What time do the Opals play Puerto Rico in the Olympics basketball tonight?

Ezi Magbegor. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
2nd August, 2021

Following a gutting and controversial two-point loss to China, the Opals must beat Puerto Rico and pile on the points tonight in their final Olympics group game to stay in the tournament.

As only two of the best third-placed teams go through to the quarter-finals, the Australian Opals must win convincingly in the hopes that they can achieve a high enough point differential to progress. Fortunately, they play in the last pool match and will know exactly what margin they require.

Giving the Australians hope, Puerto Rico are last in Group C and have lost their other two games by an average of 39 points.

What time are the Opals playing tonight?
The tipoff for Opals vs Puerto Rico is 10pm AEST, which is 9pm local time in Tokyo. If you’re watching from the Western side of Australia, the Opals start time is 8pm AWST.

How to watch the Australian Opals vs Puerto Rico?
Channel 7 and 7plus have the exclusive rights to the Tokyo Olympics and, thus, are the only places you can legally watch the Games.

Channel 7 are currently advertising that they will air the Opals vs Puerto Rico game on their main free-to-air channel, which is channel 70 in metropolitan areas. However, as we’ve seen so far in Olympics basketball broadcasts, 7 is prone to switching between channels throughout the coverage. Hence, if you can’t find the Opals on the main channel, 7mate is your best bet, that’s channel 73 in metro areas.

If you want more control over your Olympics viewing, you can live stream the Opals clash online through the free 7plus. 7plus offer an app for Apple and Android devices, available through the relevant app store, and also have an app for gaming consoles. Most smart TVs also allow you to reach the Olympic streaming service from the main application page of your TV. Casting devices, such as Chromecast, can also be used to stream 7plus on your TV.

Game information

Tip off: 10pm (AEST)
Venue: Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo
TV: Channel Seven
Online: 7plus



Jenna O’Hea (c), Bec Allen, Sara Blicavs, Katie Ebzery, Cayla George, Tess Lavey, Tess Madgen, Ezi Magbegor, Leilani Mitchell, Alanna Smith, Steph Talbot, Marianna Tolo

Puerto Rico
Pamela Rosado (c), Jackie Benitez, Ali Gibson, Michelle Gonzalez, Jazmon Gwathmey, Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage, Tayra Melendez, Jennifer O’Neill, India Pagan, Isalys Quinones, Dayshalee Salaman, Jada Shanice Stinson