United States vs. France - 8/14/16 Men's Basketball 2016 Olympic Games Pick, Odds, and Prediction
France vs. United States
Olympic Basketball: Sunday August 14, 2016
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The United States and France meet Sunday in their fifth match of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The United States looks for an easier contest after a couple of scares recently. In the 94-91 victory over Serbia, the United States shot 49.1 percent from the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc. The US allowed 51.7 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent shooting from deep. Kyrie Irving led the way with 15 points and five assists while DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and one rebound. Kevin Durant was the third double-digit scorer and Paul George grabbed nine rebounds. The United States could easily have a couple of losses under its belt and it’s mainly due to a lack of defense. The US has allowed a combined 179 points in its last two games and has given up 17 threes as well. Team USA better wake up.
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France hopes to build on an impressive 3-1 start to the tournament. In the 96-56 win over Venezuela, France shot 61 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc. France allowed 35 percent shooting from the field and 17 percent shooting from deep. Joffrey Lauvergne led the way with 17 points and four rebounds while Tony Parker had 14 points and three assists. Antoine Diot was the third double-digit scorer and Thomas Heurtel had eight assists. France has bounced back nicely from its opening loss to Australia and has a chance to finish second in group A with a victory here. When France is engaged defensively and hitting its outside shots, it’s one of the tougher teams in the tournament to play.
This game became a little more interesting simply because the United States has been slacking defensively and isn't moving the ball well offensively. Team USA could easily have two losses on its record. France is no slouch and could push US if it's hitting the outside shot.
However, the talent gap is quite large and the United States should win by double digits.