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Rio 2016: Spain vs. France Quarterfinal Preview

Spain and France entered the Rio Olympics as the two teams that had the best shot of taking down the powerhouse Americans, but neither side excelled in the round robin. As a result, they’ll play each other in quarterfinal action on Wednesday with the winner going on to meet either the United States or Argentina.

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  • Spain (11) has the advantage in offensive rebounds over France (8.6).
  • Pau Gasol leads both teams in scoring at 19.4 points per game.
  • Both of Spain's last two wins were by at least 19 points.

The Spaniards, who opened as 5.5-point favorites at books, went 3-2 in the group stage. Spain experienced a resurgence after dropping its first two round robin games, as triumphs over Croatia and Lithuania vaulted the squad into the next round.

The back-to-back silver medalists possess high-level NBA talent, as Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and Ricky Rubio can take over a game at any given time. Considering Spain’s recent offensive outburst, the OVER 154.5 will be appealing to totals bettors.

France took team U.S.A. to the brink in its last appearance, as the Americans held on for a 100-97 win. The French effort was especially impressive since longtime point guard Tony Parker did not see the floor. Led by Nicolas Batum, Rudy Gobert, Boris Diaw and Parker, France is no slouch in the experience department.

This team will be out for revenge in the wake of a 66-59 setback to Spain in the 2012 London Olympics. France finished in a disappointing sixth place that year, and another early exit would not bode well for the proud basketball program.

For outright winner odds, visit our Rio men's basketball futures page.

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