Australia vs. Spain - 8/21/16 2016 Bronze Medal Game Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Spain vs. Australia
Olympic Basketball: Sunday August 21, 2016
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Australia and Spain meet Sunday in the bronze medal game of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Australia would win its first olympic medal with a victory here. In the 87-61 loss to Serbia, Australia shot 33.3 percent from the field and 12.9 percent from beyond the arc. Australia allowed 53.3 percent shooting from the field and 31.2 percent shooting from deep. Patty Mills led the way with 13 points and two assists while Brock Motum had 13 points and two rebounds. Joe Ingles was the third double-digit scorer and Ryan Broekhoff dished four assists. It will be interesting to see how Australia bounces back from such a beatdown that got away from them from the start of the first quarter. However, the Boomers have a chance to win their first olympic basketball medal, so this should still be a very motivated team.
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Spain has a chance for its fourth olympic medal and first bronze in basketball. In the 82-76 loss to the United States, Spain shot 38.9 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from beyond the arc. Spain allowed 41.8 percent shooting from the field and 34.6 percent shooting from deep. Pau Gasol led the way with 23 points and eight rebounds while Sergio Rodríguez had 11 points and five rebounds. Rudy Fernández grabbed seven rebounds and Víctor Claver dished two assists. Spain has to be confident after playing the top team in the tournament tough for 40 minutes, and it now has a shot at its third straight basketball olympic medal. Spain has to take care of the basketball and hit the outside shot to win this game.
Australia was the most consistent team in the tournament until it suffered a brutal loss to Serbia that has to have this club shook at some point. Spain is a confident bunch that will have its head high after playing the US tough. This is also a Spain club that's been in these situations before and won't be bothered by the bright lights of a medal being on the line.
I was high on Australia until what I saw Friday. Give me Spain to get the bronze medal.