United States vs. Serbia FIBA Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/14/14
Serbia vs. United States
FIBA Baketball: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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The United States and Serbia will meet Sunday afternoon at the Barclaycard Arena in the FIBA gold medal game.
It’s no surprise the United States are where they are, as they have yet to lose in the tournament and are led by several big time players who can hurt you. James Harden leads the USA with 13.1 points per game, Anthony Davis isn’t too far behind with 13 points per game and Kenneth Faried leads the way with 7.5 rebounds. Stephen Curry is shooting 46.3 percent from beyond the arc and Kyrie Irving is shooting 47.1 percent from the three point range. While not exactly dominating every quarter of every game, the Americans have won each contest by at least 21 points and have scored 98 or more points in five of their eight matchups. The United States can hurt a team in a variety of ways and go on these short stretches that can put the game away in a blink of an eye.
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Serbia lost to France, Brazil and Spain but tightened up in the elimination rounds and earned its way here by beating up France in the semifinals. While the losing record may not be pretty, Serbia is led by guard Milos Teodosic, who is no slouch whatsoever. Teodosic leads Serbia with 14 points per game and is shooting an incredible 48.9 percent from beyond the arc. Miroslav Raduljica is another player who can fill up the stat sheet in a hurry, while Bogdan Bogdanovic is a dangerous player who has improved by leaps and bounds just a season ago. Serbia is a team that’s shooting 50.1 percent from the field and just under 40 percent from three point land. With its ability to put the ball in the hoop at a high percentage, Serbia isn’t a team the USA should take lightly with the gold on the line.
At the end of the day, Serbia simply doesn’t have enough offensive firepower to compete in this matchup over the course of four quarters. Like the Americans have done all tournament, they should be able to blow the doors off their opponent in the second half with an incredible run. Remember, USA hasn’t won a game by less than 21 points. That streak doesn’t end here.
While it may be a little scary to lay this much chalk in a championship game, USA will get the job done late in the game and cover the number.