United States vs. Serbia - 8/21/16 2016 Gold Medal Game Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Serbia vs. USA
Olympic Basketball: Sunday August 21, 2016
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The United States and Serbia meet Sunday in the gold medal game of the men’s basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The United States win their 15th olympic gold medal with a victory here. In the 82-76 victory over Spain, the United States shot 41.8 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from beyond the arc. The US allowed 38.9 percent shooting from the field and 30.8 percent shooting from deep. Klay Thompson led the way with 22 points and three assists while Kevin Durant had 14 points and eight rebounds. Kyrie Irving was the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 16 rebounds. The United States still has yet to play to its full potential for a full 40 minutes, but it hasn’t mattered simply because of the depth of this team. The US always has somebody willing to step up while others struggle, which is why this team has yet to lose.
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Serbia would win its first olympic gold medal with a victory here. In the 87-61 victory over Australia, Serbia shot 53.3 percent from the field and 31.2 percent from beyond the arc. Serbia allowed 33.3 percent shooting from the field and 12.9 percent shooting from deep. Miloš Teodosić led the way with 22 points and five assists while Stefan Marković had 14 points and three rebounds. Milan Mačvan was the third double-digit scorer and Miroslav Raduljica dished three assists. Serbia has scored no less than 86 points in four straight games and has also been able to lock down defensively when needed. Serbia has to consider this tournament a success already getting its second olympic medal, so guys will be able to play loose.
These teams played about a week ago and the United States won by just three points. Serbia can not be taken lightly, especially after just slaughtering another good team in Australia. However, with all that said, the United States is way too talented and way too deep to lose this game.
I'll take the United States by double digits.