The basketball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympics continues this Wednesday when Spain faces European rivals France in the quarterfinals. Here are all the things you need to know for Spain vs. France including previews, predictions, and live stream links.
The Spain Men’s National Basketball Team is coming off a big 92-73 win against Argentina on Monday. Rudy Fernandez exploded for 23 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal to lead the Spaniards while Pau Gasol chipped in 19 points, 13 rebounds, and one assist.
It was the third straight win for Spain following a slow start to the 2016 Rio Olympics. They lost to Croatia and Brazil in their first two games while barely escaping Nigeria in their first win. However, Spain has come alive in their final couple games, blowing out Lithuania and Argentina.
On the other hand, The France Men’s National Basketball Team finished the group stages with close 100-97 defeat at the hands of Team USA last Sunday. Thomas Heurtel led France with a near triple-double performance of 18 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists.
Reigning Euroleague MVP Nando De Colo added 18 points, four rebounds, five assists and one steal. De Colo expressed his excitement to face their rivals and he wants France to get revenge.
“We’re happy to face them. This will allow us to foresee gaining a measure of revenge against them for 2012 and for last year’s EuroBasket Semi-Final,” De Colo said, via FIBA.com.
Spain has the momentum going into the knockout stages following two blowout wins against Lithuania and Argentina. However, France seems to be motivated in getting their revenge and they have a much younger team against Spain. Expect France to advance to the semifinals by beating their rivals in a close game.
Spain vs. France Predicted Lineups
- Spain: PG – Ricky Rubio, SG – Sergio Llull, SF – Rudy Fernandez, PF – Nikola Mirotic, C – Pau Gasol
- France: PG – Tony Parker, SG – Nando De Colo, SF – Nicolas Batum, PF – Boris Diaw, C – Rudy Gobert
Spain vs. France Schedule and Live Stream Links
- Schedule: August 17, 1:30 PM ET Live on NBC Sports Network
- Venue: Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra, NBCOlympics.com