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France vs. Spain - 8/17/16 2016 Olympic Games Quarterfinal Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Spain vs. France

Olympic Basketball: Wednesday August 17, 2016

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France and Spain meet Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

France finished 3-2 in group play and is coming off a three-point loss to the United States. In the 100-97 loss to the US, France shot 56.2 percent from the field and 26.3 percent from beyond the arc. France allowed 55.6 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent shooting from deep. Thomas Heurtel led the way with 18 points and nine assists while Nando De Colo had 18 points and four rebounds. Nicolas Batum was the third double-digit scorer and Boris Diaw had seven assists. France is a confident bunch considering its won three of its last four games and that one loss was to the best team in the tournament by one possession. France is a dangerous team as long as it keeps moving the ball and getting good looks.

France vs. Spain - 8/17/16 2016 Olympic Games Quarterfinal Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Spain finished 3-2 in group play and is fresh off a blowout win over Argentina. In the 92-73 victory over Argentina, Spain shot 48.5 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from beyond the arc. Spain allowed 35.9 percent shooting from the field and 32.1 percent shooting from deep. Rudy Fernández led the way with 23 points and two assists while Pau Gasol had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Nikola Mirotić was the third double-digit scorer and Sergio Rodríguez dished six assists. Spain has been a different team since opening the tournament with two straight losses, as they’ve outscored their opponents by a combined score of 297-219 in their last three games. As long as the stars show up, Spain is tough to beat.

This is as close to a toss-up game as you're going to get, as both clubs are deep, have NBA talent and can downright put the ball through the hoop. If forced to pick, I like Spain's leadership and depth slightly more than France. I see the outside shooting also being in Spain's favor.

In a tight one, I like Spain to advance to the semis. 

 

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