Lithuania vs. Croatia - 8/15/16 Men's Basketball 2016 Olympic Games Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Croatia vs. Lithuania
Olympic Basketball: Monday August 15, 2016
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Lithuania and Croatia meet Monday in their fifth match of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Lithuania has a chance to win group B with a victory here. In the 109-59 loss to Spain, Lithuania shot 40 percent from the field and 26.1 percent from beyond the arc. Lithuania allowed 57.4 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent shooting from deep. Mindaugas Kuzminskas led the way with 17 points and four rebounds while Mantas Kalnietis had 16 points and two assists. Domantas Sabonis grabbed five rebounds and Jonas Mačiulis dished two assists. Lithuania should be able to put a horrible performance behind them after winning the first three contests and still having a shot to win the group. Lithuania has been solid defensively all tournament and has to get back to those roots in order to win.
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Croatia needs a victory here in order to guarantee a spot in the quarterfinals. In the 90-76 loss to Nigeria, Croatia shot 40 percent from the field and 21.4 percent from beyond the arc. Croatia allowed 44.1 percent shooting from the field and 47.2 percent shooting from deep. Bojan Bogdanović led the way with 28 points and two assists while Roko Ukić had 10 points and five rebounds. Dario Šarić grabbed six rebounds and Mario Hezonja dished three assists. Croatia can’t be pleased with its recent performance but the good news is the team has yet to lose back-to-back games. Croatia has to find more consistent offense, as it’s a club that’s scored no more than 82 points this tournament.
While Croatia is the team that needs this game the most, Lithuania is the far better team and has been playing far more consistent. Also, Lithuania has a chance to win the group with a victory and has to bounce back after getting waxed by Spain. Lithuania won't be looking towards the quarterfinals after just losing by 50 points.
I have to side with Lithuania for the victory.