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Rio 2016: Do-Or-Die Time for Underwhelming Spain

It’s been a rocky round-robin for Spain so far at the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, but there can be no letdown when the club takes on Argentina on Monday in its final group-stage contest.

Shark Bites
  • Pau Gasol leads Spain in scoring, as the big man is averaging 19.5 points per game.
  • Argentina is continuing to struggle from the free throw line, shooting 63.8 percent from the charity stripe.
  • Spain's bench has been a great source of offense. Spain is getting 27.2 points per game from its second unit.

The Spaniards, who have won silver medals in men’s basketball at the last two Olympics, are 2-2 so far in Brazil and fourth place in Group B. A loss to Argentina could send Spain back to Europe empty handed this time around.

Argentina (3-1) has already secured enough points to move on to the quarterfinals, but don’t expect this team to let up. Knocking out Spain could do wonders for the Argentines, as a drop in the standings would likely mean a tougher opponent awaits them in the next round.

Oddsmakers have tabbed Spain as 9.5-point favorites for the affair with the total sitting at 164.5. Considering Spain’s inconsistent play, that spread looks a bit inflated to me. The underdogs will likely garner significant interest at sportsbooks in this matchup.