The United States Men’s National Basketball Team is just two wins away from winning their third-straight Olympic Gold Medal but they need to defeat Spain in the semifinals. Here are all the things you need to know for USA vs. Spain including previews, predictions, and live stream links.
Team USA is coming off an impressive 105-78 win over Argentina in the quarterfinals. It was the first blowout win for the Americans since three close games in the group stages. Kevin Durant led the way with 27 points, seven rebounds, six assists and one steal.
Paul George added 17 points, four rebounds, and eight assists to help the defending Gold Medalist in the easy win. The Americans closed out the group stages with unimpressive showings against Australia, Serbia, and France.
On the other hand, the Spain Men’s National Basketball Team is on a roll after starting the 2016 Rio Olympics with two losses. They were unimpressive in their first win against Nigeria but found their groove against Lithuania and Argentina to close out the group stages with two blowouts.
The Spaniards defeated their European rivals France in convincing fashion in the quarterfinals, 92-67. Nikola Mirotic led Spain in the blowout win by scoring 23 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing two assists.
However, captain Pau Gasol may not be available against USA due to a calf injury he suffered against France. Spain coach Sergio Scariolo told Eurohoops.net that he is unsure whether Gasol can play or not in the semifinals.
“He is not well. I cannot say for sure that he is going to play. We continue with his treatments and the truth is that we needed him right now,” Scariolo said.
USA vs. Spain has been the final for the past two Olympics with the Americans coming out on top both times. Team USA is still the favorites to win this game but if anyone can pull an upset, it’s the Spaniards. Nevertheless, the prediction for this game is an easy win for USA to advance to the Gold Medal game on Sunday.
USA vs. Spain Predicted Lineups
- USA : PG – Kyrie Irving, SG – Klay Thompson, SF – Kevin Durant, PF – Carmelo Anthony, C – DeMarcus Cousins
- Spain: PG – Ricky Rubio, SG – Sergio Llull, SF – Rudy Fernandez, PF – Nikola Mirotic, C – Pau Gasol
USA vs. Spain Schedule and Live Stream Links
- Schedule: August 19, 2:30 PM ET Live on NBC Sports Network
- Venue: Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra, NBCOlympics.com