China vs. France - 8/8/16 Men's Basketball 2016 Olympic Games Pick, Odds, and Prediction
France vs. China
Olympic Basketball: Monday August 8, 2016
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China and France play Monday in their second match of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
China looks for a bounce back performance after losing to the United States, 119-62. China is averaging 62 points on 35.7 percent shooting and is allowing 119 points on 51.4 percent shooting. Yi Jianlian is averaging 25 points and six rebounds while Li Gen is averaging seven points and one steal. Zhao Jiwei is dishing five assists and Zou Yuchen is grabbing two rebounds. China is shooting 29.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. China is allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 29 rebounds per game. China needs to find production outside of Jianlian in order to have a chance here.
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France needs a bounce back performance after getting rocked in the first round to Australia, 87-66. France is averaging 66 points on 42.1 percent shooting and is allowing 87 points on 50 percent shooting. Tony Parker is averaging 18 points and two assists while Mickaël Gelabale is averaging 13 points and four rebounds. Thomas Heurtel is dishing three assists and Rudy Gobert is grabbing seven rebounds. France is shooting 28.6 percent from beyond the arc and 87.5 percent from the free throw line. France is allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 32 rebounds per game. France has had its fair share of struggles in the Olympics, but their first match was ugly.
France is coming off a lousy performance against Australia and is capable of playing so much better than that. Expect Parker and company to regroup and coming out with a point to prove. Meanwhile, China pretty much is what it is, a team with little olympic success and zero NBA players to lean on.
France should win this game fairly easily. Then again, we could have said the same for its opening match.