China vs. Australia - 8/12/16 Men's Basketball 2016 Olympic Games Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Australia vs. China
Olympic Basketball: Friday August 12, 2016
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China and Australia meet Friday in their fourth match of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
China is still looking for its first victory after a rough 0-3 start to the tournament. In the 72-68 loss to Venezuela, China shot 49 percent from the field and 18 percent from beyond the arc. China allowed 45 percent shooting from the field and 35 percent shooting from deep. Yi Jianlian led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Guo Ailun had 17 points and three assists. Zhou Qi was the third double-digit scorer and Zhou Peng had three assists. China has simply looked outmatched for much of these olympics and is now 0-8 in its last two olympic appearances. China’s best chance to win a game came in its loss to Venezuela, but it didn’t help the team was 2-11 from deep and had 16 turnovers.
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Australia looks for another victory after getting off to an impressive 2-1 start this tournament. In the 98-88 loss to the United States, Australia shot 50 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc. Australia allowed 39 percent shooting from the field and 44 percent shooting from deep. Patty Mills led the way with 30 points and two rebounds while Andrew Bogut had 15 points and three assists. David Andersen was the third double-digit scorer and Matthew Dellavedova had 11 assists. Australia has to be very confident considering it led the US by five points at halftime. Australia is getting contributions from a lot of guys and shooting a very high percentage from the field. If this keeps up, this is a medal winning team.
Besides the United States, no team has been as impressive as Australia. It's physical, solid defensively and is moving the ball well on the offensive end. Australia looks confident and like a team that can snag a medal when it's said and done. China on the other hand is outmatched at both ends of the court.
Give me Australia in a blowout.