Nigeria vs. Argentina - 8/7/16 Men's Basketball 2016 Olympic Games Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Argentina vs. Nigeria
Olympic Basketball: Sunday August 7, 2016
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Nigeria and Argentina meet Sunday in the opening match of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Nigeria will play in just its second Olympics and is coming off a gold medal performance in the 2015 FIBA Africa Championship. Nigeria has the potential to impress and start the process of becoming a true basketball powerhouse. In this tournament, Nigeria will be led by NBA contributors Festus Ezeli and Al-Farouq Aminu. Detroit Pistons rookie Michael Gbinije is also making the trip for the D'Tigers. Also, Jamal Olasewere was a college star for LIU Brooklyn and Olumide Oyedeji led the CBA in rebounding three times. Nigeria is a young team overall with just three players at least 30 years old, and this team may want to get out and push the pace. This is also a team not to sleep on.
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Argentina has been a consistent threat in the Olympics and has won medals in two of its last three appearances. Argentina is also coming off a runner-up performance in the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship. This Argentina squad will be led by captain and new Brooklyn Nets signee, Luis Scola. Other NBA players include Manu Ginobili and Dallas Mavericks Nicolás Brussino. Overall, Argentina is an experienced bunch, which also includes sharpshooter Andrés Nocioni and point guard Nicolás Laprovíttola, who can also light it up offensively. Argentina is a smart basketball team that always has a chance to surprise even if this year’s roster may lack the overall athleticism and depth to make a serious run at a medal.
I’m interested to see what the line is going to be on this game, as Nigeria and the points would be worth a serious look. I like this Nigeria roster and think it can pull off some surprises. In terms of the article and picking a winner, Argentina has to be the pick due to experience and basketball IQ.
However, Nigeria is no pushover and has the raw potential to compete with most teams in group B.