Argentina vs. Croatia - 8/9/16 Men's Basketball 2016 Olympic Games Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Croatia vs. Argentina
Olympic Basketball: Tuesday August 9, 2016
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Argentina and Croatia play Tuesday in their second match of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Argentina look to build on their impressive opening win over Nigeria, 94-66. Argentina is averaging 94 points on 46 percent shooting and is allowing 66 points on 39 percent shooting. Facundo Campazzo is averaging 19 points and five assists while Luis Scola is averaging 18 points and nine rebounds. Patricio Garino is the third double-digit scorer and Manu Ginóbili is dishing five assists. Argentina is shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc and 68 percent from the free throw line. Argentina is allowing 16 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 44 rebounds per game. Argentina will continue to be in great shape if it can consisteny get five double-digit scorers.
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Croatia looks to keep rolling after upsetting Spain in the opening match, 72-70. Croatia is averaging 72 points on 41.1 percent shooting and is allowing 70 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Bojan Bogdanović is averaging 23 points and two assists while Darko Planinić is averaging 11 points and six rebounds. Krunoslav Simon is the third double-digit scorer and Luka Babić is grabbing seven rebounds. Croatia is shooting 25 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. Croatia is allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 41 rebounds per game. Croatia is easily coming off the biggest surprise of the tournament so far early on.
Croatia upset one of the most talented teams in the tournament, so a victory over Argentina wouldn't be shocking. However, Argentina likely isn't going to shoot as bad as Spain did in the opener. Croatia doesn't have enough firepower to hang with a deep Argentina team that looks to be firing on all cylinders.
Argentina should win this game by double digits.