United States vs. Australia - 8/10/16 Men's Basketball 2016 Olympic Games Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Australia vs. United States
Olympic Basketball: Wednesday August 10, 2016
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The United States and Australia play Wednesday in their third match of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The United States looks to continue running the table after a painless 2-0 start to the tournament. In the 113-69 victory over Venezuela, the United States shot 55 percent from the field and 41 percent from beyond the arc. The US allowed 34 percent shooting from the field and 28 percent shooting from deep. Paul George led the way with 20 points and four assists while Jimmy Butler had 17 points and one steal. Kevin Durant was the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry had nine assists. The United States is obviously head and shoulders the favorites to win gold, but we’re talking about a team that’s outscored its opponents by a combined score of 232-131 in the first two games. The US is off to as good of a start it could have hoped for early on.
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Australia looks for another victory after an impressive 2-0 start to these olympics. In the 95-80 victory over Serbia, Australia shot 49.2 percent from the field and 36 percent from beyond the arc. Australia allowed 39.1 percent shooting from the field and 22.7 percent shooting from deep. Patty Mills led the way with 26 points and two rebounds while Matthew Dellavedova had 23 points and 13 assists. Joe Ingles was the third double-digit scorer and Andrew Bogut had six assists. Australia has quickly established itself as a team that could compete for a medal. Of course, Australia has made the quarterfinals the last two olympic appearances, so a solid start is nothing new for this country.
Australia is going to be the toughest test yet for the United States, as it's a physical team that's going to do a lot of what Venezuela did with more consistentcy. However, Australia doesn't have te offensive firepower to hang with the United States for 40 minutes. It should be tight for a quarter or two.
Give me the US by 25 points.