Spain vs. Brazil - 8/9/16 Men's Basketball 2016 Olympic Games Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brazil vs. Spain
Olympic Basketball: Tuesday August 9, 2016
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Spain and Brazil play Tuesday in their second match of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Spain hopes to redeem itself after a 72-70 upset loss to Croatia. Spain is averaging 70 points on 39.7 percent shooting and is allowing 72 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Pau Gasol is averaging 26 points and nine rebounds while Nikola Mirotić is averaging 19 points and three assists. Sergio Rodríguez is the third double-digit scorer and Rudy Fernández is grabbing five rebounds. Spain is shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. Spain is allowing 25 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 30 rebounds per game. Spain can’t afford to lose back-to-back games after being pegged as a medal contender.
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Brazil look for a bounce back performance after losing to Lithuania in its opening match, 82-76. Brazil is averaging 76 points on 46.4 percent shooting and is allowing 82 points on 50 percent shooting. Leandro Barbosa is averaging 21 points and two assists while Raulzinho Neto is averaging 14 points and three rebounds. Nene is the third double-digit scorer and Augusto Lima is grabbing six rebounds. Brazil is shooting 14.3 percent from beyond the arc and 62.9 percent from the free throw line. Brazil is allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 33 rebounds per game. Brazil is now 7-8 in its last three olympic appearances.
Brazil is going to be up for this game given the fact it's Spain and the home crowd is going to be going nuts. The problem is Spain is argubaly the best team in the tournament outside of the United States and has the overall talent and depth to blow Brazil off the court.
In a must-win game for both clubs, you have to like Spain to win pretty convincingly.