The United States Men’s National Basketball Team will be gunning for their third-straight Gold Medal when they face Serbia in the finals of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Here are all the things you need to know for USA vs. Serbia Gold Medal game including previews, prediction, and live stream links.
Team USA got to the finals by defeating Spain on Friday, 82-76, with Klay Thompson leading the way. Thompson had 22 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal with four three-point shots. Kevin Durant added 14 points and eight rebounds while DeAndre Jordan had nine points and 16 rebounds.
The Americans are undefeated in Rio but they are far from impressive. They look beatable at times but they managed to pull off wins thanks to their individual talents. USA will have their hands full against Serbia who they only defeated by three points during the group stage.
The Serbia Men’s National Basketball Team pulled off an upset in the semifinals by defeating heavy favorites Australia. The Serbians started the game on fire and they never looked back as they won by a score of 87-61.
Milos Teodosic had a game-high 22 points with two rebounds and five assists. Stefan Markovic added 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals while Milan Makvan scored 12 points. Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic only had nine points but he grabbed 11 rebounds. He is expected to turn up his game against the USA.
USA needs to play their best game in order to win the Gold Medal. The Serbians have also played better against the teams that defeated them in the past FIBA World Cup and the Olympics. They defeated Brazil and France in the World Cup while winning over Australia recently after losing against the three nations in group play.
Serbia has a chance to exact revenge against Team USA that defeated them in the FIBA World Cup Final in 2014 and in the Rio Group Stages. However, the Americans have too much talent to get defeated but it is not impossible.
USA vs. Serbia Predicted Lineups
- USA : PG – Kyrie Irving, SG – Klay Thompson, SF – Kevin Durant, PF – Carmelo Anthony, C – DeMarcus Cousins
- Serbia: PG – Milos Teodosic, SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic, SF – Nikola Kalinic, PF – Nikola Jokic, C – Miroslav Raduljica
USA vs. Serbia Schedule and Live Stream Links
- Schedule: August 21, 2:45 PM ET Live on NBC Sports Network
- Venue: Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra, NBCOlympics.com