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.
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.