United States vs. China - 8/6/16 Men's Basketball 2016 Olympic Games Pick, Odds, and Prediction
China vs. United States
Olympic Basketball: Saturday August 6, 2016
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The United States and China meet Saturday in the opening match of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The United States is head and shoulders to win the gold medal and probably couldn’t come back to the US if it doesn’t deliver. Even with a lot of top NBA players declining the offer to play for team USA, this roster is downright loaded from top to bottom. There’s top-10 players in Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, elite big men in Demarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan, and terrific lockdown defenders in Jimmy Butler and Draymond Green. It’s certainly not the best team USA could do, there’s still more than enough talent to run the table here and win most games in blowout fashion. When you have guys like Paul George and others coming off the bench, it’s simply not fair for the rest of the competition.
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China has never finished better than eighth place in the Olympic Games and will face the biggest test of the tournament in its opening match. The bright side is that China did win the gold medal in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship. China is led by its captain in Zhou Peng, who is a six-time CBA champion and has shot 46.7 percent from the field for his career playing with the Guangdong Southern Tigers. China relies on its outside game along with Zhao Jiwei, while Zhou Qi is going to protect the paint after leading the CBA in blocks back-to-back seasons. Wang Zhelin is the only NBA player for China, a 22-year-old, who was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.
There’s a couple of teams in this field that could put up somewhat of a fight against the United States, but China isn’t one of those teams. China doesn’t have the depth, athleticism or overall talent to compete with the US and is likely going to lose this game by at least 30 points. There’s just not much Team Dragon can do in this contest.
Give me the United States by at least 30 points.