Team Australia will be facing Team France in the 2016 Rio Olympics men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, August 6, 2016. This will be expected to be an exciting matchup since both teams are loaded with NBA players.
Time: 1:15 pm EDT
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Team Australia is currently ranking 11th in FIBA. They defeated New Zealand twice in the FIBA Oceania Championship to earn the spot in the 2016 Olympic games. This will be their 12th Olympic appearance. Their highest Olympic achievement was finishing fourth thrice in basketball Olympic games.
Team Australia has plenty of talents on their team led by NBA players Andrew Bogut and Matthew Dellavedova. However, two significant players are missing – Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum and Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons.
12-man roster for Team Australia:
Guards: Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Damian Martin, Kevin Lisch, Chris Goulding
Forwards: Joe Ingles, Cameron Bairstow, Brock Motum, Ryan Broekhoff
Centers: Andrew Bogut, Aron Baynes, David Andersen
Team France is currently ranking 5th in FIBA. They were the third team that won the Olympic qualifying tournament this summer by beating Canada in the finals. Their highest achievement in the Olympic games was when they won Silver in 2000 after losing against Team USA in the finals.
Team France is obviously one of the teams to watch out this Olympic games. The team is loaded with NBA superstars like Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, and Boris Diaw. They are one of the teams who is predicted to give a headache to Team USA.
12-man roster for Team France:
Guards: Tony Parker, Nando de Colo, Antoine Diot, Thomas Huertel.
Forwards: Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, Mickael Gelabale, Florent Pietrus, Charles Lombahe-Kahudi.
Centers: Rudy Gobert, Joffrey Lauvergne, Kim Tillie.
Projected Starting Lineup:
Team Australia: C- Andrew Bogut, PF- Cameron Bairstow, SF- Joe Ingles, SG-Matthew Dellavedova, PG-Patty Mills
Team France: C- Rudy Gobert, PF- Boris Diaz, SF- Nicolas Batum, SG- Nando de Colo, PG- Tony Parker
Team France is expected to win over Team Australia by less than 10 points. Team France is more battle tested in this type of game and have greater talents than Team Australia. Once Team France explodes in the three-point area, there is no way to stop them in winning the game.