Serbia vs. Australia - 8/8/16 Men's Basketball 2016 Olympic Games Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Australia vs. Serbia
Olympic Basketball: Monday August 8, 2016
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Serbia and Australia play Monday in their second match of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Serbia looks to build on its impressive 86-62 victory over Venezuela. Serbia is averaging 86 points on 57 percent shooting and is allowing 62 points on 37 percent shooting. Miroslav Raduljica is averaging 18 points and three assists while Bogdan Bogdanović is averaging 19 points and one rebound. Nemanja Nedović is dishing four assists and Nikola Jokić is grabbing seven rebounds. Serbia is shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. Serbia is allowing 18 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 41 rebounds per game. Serbia could be the surprise of the tournament if it can steal another win after missing back-to-back olympics.
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Australia is coming off an impressive 87-66 victory over France in the first round. Australia is averaging 87 points on 50 percent shooting and is allowing 66 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Patty Mills is averaging 21 points and five assists while Andrew Bogut is averaging 18 points and four rebounds. Aron Baynes is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Ingles is dishing six assists. Australia is shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. Australia is allowing 28.6 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 37 rebounds per game. Australia has to be a confident bunch after its opening match victory.
This should be a hell of a game between two teams that will position themselves nicely with a possible 2-0 start. Serbia lit things up from the field, but defensively Venezuela just missed a lot of looks from the outside that could have made the game tighter. When it's said and done, Australia's upset win over France was more impressive and its physical style of play provides the advantage.
I like Australia to get another victory and win this game by double digits.