United States vs. Venezuela - 8/8/16 Men's Basketball 2016 Olympic Games Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Venezuela vs. United States
Olympic Basketball: Monday August 8, 2016
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The United States and Venezuela play Monday in their second match of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The United States hope to keep the train running after waxing China, 119-62. The US is averaging 119 points on 51.4 percent shooting and is allowing 62 points on 35.7 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 25 points and six assists while Paul George is averaging 15 points and three rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins is the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing seven rebounds. The United States is shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. Team USA is allowing 29.4 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 52 rebounds per game. The United States is unbeatable if it continues to shoot 59.6 percent for two-point shots.
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Venezuela hope for a bounce back performance after getting beat up by Serbia, 86-62. Venezuela is averaging 62 points on 37 percent shooting and is allowing 86 points on 57 percent shooting. Gregory Echenique is averaging 12 points and five rebounds while José Vargas is averaging 12 points and one assist. Néstor Colmenares is the third double-digit scorer and Gregory Vargas is dishing five assists. Venezuela is shooting 18 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. Venezuela is allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 25 rebounds per game. Venezuela can’t possibly play any worse than it did in its opening match.
Venezuela will certainly be a bigger test for the US than China was, as it's a team with size and has some dudes who can shoot from the outside. But United States won't sweat for long due to the overall depth of this club. The depth is what's going to kill teams in this tournament and Venezuela can't hang.
Give me the United States by at least 30 points.