United States vs. Argentina - 8/17/16 2016 Olympic Games Quarterfinal Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Argentina vs. USA
Olympic Basketball: Wednesday August 17, 2016
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The United States and Argentina meet Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The United States finished 5-0 in group stages and are coming off a three-point win over France. In the 100-97 victory over France, the United States shot 55.6 percent from the field and 37 percent from beyond the arc. The US allowed 56.2 percent shooting from the field and 26.3 percent shooting from deep. Klay Thompson led the way with 30 points and one assist while Kevin Durant had 17 points and six rebounds. Kyrie Irving was the third double-digit scorer and Carmelo Anthony dished five assists. The United States has won its last three games by a combined 16 points, which doesn’t exactly scream dominance. Team USA better improve defensively or an upset could take place before the gold medal game.
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Argentina finished 3-2 in group play and is coming off a blowout loss to Spain. In the 92-73 loss to Spain, Argentina shot 35.9 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from beyond the arc. Argentina allowed 48.5 percent shooting from the field and 40.9 percent shooting from deep. Nicolás Laprovíttola led the way with 21 points and four assists while Manu Ginobili had 16 points and five rebounds. Facundo Campazzo was the third double-digit scorer and Luis Scola grabbed five rebounds. Argentina has been deadly offensively overall in this tournament but scored 73 points in both of its losses. If Argentina is going to pull off the massive upset in this game, it has to hit the outside shot to keep up with the US.
Even with the struggles, the United States is head and shoulders the best team in the tournament and should win this game by double digits. In fact, now that it's single elimination, you're likely going to see stronger and harder play at both ends of the court. If there was ever a time for the US to play to its potential, it's now.
Give me team USA by 15 or so points.