Nigeria vs. Spain - 8/11/16 Men's Basketball 2016 Olympic Games Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Spain vs. Nigeria
Olympic Basketball: Thursday August 11, 2016
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Nigeria and Spain play Thursday in their third match of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Nigeria could use a feel good victory after a rough 0-2 start to this event. In the 89-80 loss to Lithuania, Nigeria shot 47.7 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from beyond the arc. Nigeria allowed 49.2 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent shooting from deep. Ike Diogu led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds while Michael Umeh had 17 points and four assists. Alade Aminu was the third double-digit scorer and Ebi Ere had four assists. Nigeria is just happy to be in its second olympic appearance, but it would also like at least one victory before going home. Nigeria is now 1-6 all time in olympic games and an upset win over Spain would be a nice building block moving forward.
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Spain is also desperate for a victory after a brutal 0-2 start to these olympics. In the 66-65 loss to Brazil, Spain shot 36.5 percent from the field and 26.3 percent from beyond the arc. Spain allowed 38.3 percent shooting from the field and 26.7 percent shooting from deep. Pau Gasol led the way with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Sergio Llull had 11 points and one steal. Sergio Rodríguez was the third double-digit scorer and Nikola Mirotić had eight rebounds. Spain is a team that’s won back-to-back silver medals and is now in serious danger of not even making it to single eliminations. Spain is extremely talented and better figure something out quickly.
Nigeria is a nice team that doesn't get enough credit, and it showed just that it a hard fought game against Lithuania. However, Spain needs a victory in the worst way and has far more talent than Nigeria can handle. This is one of those olympic games that could get out of hand quickly if the Spain team we all know finally decides to show up.
Give me Spain by double digits.