Rio Olympics 2016 Men’s Basketball Day 1 Schedule, Live Stream & Preview
The best national basketball teams in the world will start their gold medal chase in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The men’s basketball competition will kick off on Saturday at the Youth Arena. Here are the games to watch in Day 1.Advertisement
France vs Australia
France and Australia will jump start the 2016 Rio Olympics basketball festivities. The two teams are considered dark horses in the race to dethrone Team USA Olympics 2016 basketball team.
Australia earned a ticket to Rio after beating New Zealand in their usual two-game series. The Boomers will parade a roster featuring current NBA players like Patty Mills, Andrew Bogut, Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova and Aron Baynes along with veteran international player David Andersen.
France, on the other hand, qualified after ruling the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila, Philippines. Veteran Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, Nando De Colo and Mickael Gelabale will be the players to watch for France. Rudy Gobert will also return after missing the 2016 FIBA OQT.
The France vs. Australia match is scheduled on Saturday, 1:15 p.m. ET.
Team USA Olympics 2016 Basketball Team vs China
Team USA Olympics 2016 basketball team will also begin their title defense on Saturday. The star-studded USA Basketball squad will face reigning Asian champions China.
Though they will be missing top players like LeBron James and Stephen Curry, Team USA needs no introduction. They will be favored to win and be led by veterans Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.
On the other hand, China will feature former NBA first-round pick Yi Jianlian. 2016 NBA second-round picks Zhou Qi and Wang Zhelin are also expected to play big roles for the Chinese squad.
Venezuela vs Serbia
Venezuela and Serbia will battle in the third matchup in Group A. The match is crucial for both teams, as it could decide who will advance to the next round of the tournament.
Venezuela qualified after ruling the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship. However, the South American squad will have to win games in Rio without Greivis Vasquez after battling injuries over the past several months.
Serbia, on the other hand, earned a wildcard ticket to Rio after winning the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament on home soil. Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is the only NBA player on the roster but he will get enough help from veteran Milos Teodosic and NBA draftee Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Rio Olympics 2016 Basketball Live Stream & How To Watch
The USA- China and Venezuela-Serbia matches are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET and 9:30 p.m. ET respectively. Basketball fans can catch the action via live stream on NBC Olympics website and NBC Sports Live Extra.