Croatia vs. Serbia - 8/17/16 2016 Olympic Games Quarterfinal Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Serbia vs. Croatia
Olympic Basketball: Wednesday August 17, 2016
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Croatia and Serbia meet Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Croatia reached its fourth olympic quarterfinal with a 3-2 record in group B. In the 90-81 win over Lithuania, Croatia shot 53.3 percent from the field and 57.9 percent from beyond the arc. Croatia allowed 47.8 percent shooting from the field and 39.3 percent shooting from deep. Bojan Bogdanović led the way with 22 points and two rebounds while Krunoslav Simon had 19 points and six assists. Dario Šarić was the third double-digit scorer and Luka Babić dished four assists. Croatia has been hit or miss in this tournament, as it has yet to win back-to-back games, which may be bad news for this matchup. The good news for Croatia is that it has the leading scorer in the tournament in Bogdanović, who is also shooting 51.4 percent from the field.
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Serbia barely made the quarterfinals by finishing with a 2-3 record in group A. In the 94-60 victory over China, Serbia shot 50 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from beyond the arc. Serbia allowed 39.7 percent shooting from the field and 26.3 percent shooting from deep. Bogdan Bogdanović led the way with 19 points and five rebounds while Nikola Kalinić had 15 points and three assists. Miroslav Raduljica was the third double-digit scorer and Miloš Teodosić dished five assists. Serbia may have an ugly record in group play but lost to France and the United States by a combined four points. Even in losses, Serbia has shown how dangerous it can be and is hungry for success after not qualifying the last two olympics.
The stroy for Serbia this tournament has been it competes against great teams but isn't able to finish. However, Croatia has yet to be able to put together back-to-back wins and relies way too much on one player. Serbia is the better and deeper team, and should be able to get the victory here.
I like Serbia to make the semis.