Group USA defeated Spain and superior to the Olympic semifinals
On Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 12:40 p.m. (EST), Team USA will play Spain in this quarter-final. Both teams want to advance in the tournament for the gold medal. The Americans defeated the Czechs in their sovereign Saturday win 119-84. Spain also won in the preliminary round of Group C with 81:71 against Argentina. Unfortunately, the USA-Spain match will not be broadcast live. However, it is available through NBC's Peacock streaming service. Peacock is free to use with ads, but the option to go ad-free is available if the user is willing to pay $ 4.99 per month for Peacock Premium access.
Appointment time: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 12:40 p.m. EST
Location: Saitama Super Arena; Saitama, Japan
Availability: Peacock (live) & NBC Sports Network (delayed)
Spread: USA -12.5 (-110) (per DraftKings Sportsbook)
Over under: 179.5
Best money line: USA -800, Spain +550
- Table odds retrieved by DraftKings
Team USA's starting line-up for Tuesday morning's game consists of Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant, Jrue Holiday, Draymond Green and Bam Adebayo. In the 119-84 victory of the Americans against the Czechs, Jayson Tatum led the team in the statistics in 24 minutes played and finished the team with 27 points, two rebounds, one assist and two blocks. In 28 minutes played Durant also played an excellent game and collected 23 points, eight rebounds, six assists and a block. Team USA's bench players scored a total of 66 points against the Czech Republic. In terms of Bovada's Olympic futures odds for men's basketball, Team USA has the best chance (-250) of winning the gold medal. In addition to the US odds showing -250, the chance the field upset them is +185.
In addition, the planned starting XI for Spain consists of Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez, Juan Hernangomez, Victor Claver and Marc Gasol. In the 81:71 win of the Spaniards against Argentina, Rubio finished his performance with 26 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal. Coming off the bench, guard Sergio Llull had the second best performance of the game, scoring 10 points and a rebound in 20 minutes of play. Forward Claver also earned nine points, two rebounds, an assist, two steals and a block in 23 minutes played. Spain ranks fifth overall and has current odds of +2000 to win the gold medal.
If Team USA plans to send a message of intimidation during these Tokyo Olympics, this is the game considering their opponent is in the top five places in the odds makers' futures odds. Apart from Spain, Slovenia (+300), France (+700) and Australia (+1000) are the teams that are behind the US in terms of expected probability of winning gold. Team Spain scored 81 points against Argentina. They have to earn more points if they hope to advance in the tournament. The Americans shot 61.6 percent out of the field against the Czechs. From behind the bow they shot 20-42 (47.6 percent). Plus, they overtook them by 36 to 29.
In addition, the Spaniards shot 30:57 (52.6 percent) out of the field in their 10-point win against Argentina. On the other hand, the Argentines overtook them by 35-30. Spain not only have to score offensively against the USA, but also have to play aggressively on the defensive. Now the Gasol brothers know a thing or two about how to play playoff defense. Americans, however, all have youth and professional talents. While Iran and the Czech Republic don't present decent, scary Olympic basketball teams, this duel here will be a solid test for the US.
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