What to watch for in basketball: Day 5

Men’s games:

GROUP A

Serbia vs. France

Time: 1:15 pm EDT
TV: USA
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Australia vs. USA 

Time: 6:00 pm EDT
TV: NBCSN
Live stream

Venezuela vs. China

Time: 9:30 pm EDT
Live stream

 

Women’s games:

GROUP B

China vs. Spain

Time: 11:15 am EDT
Live stream

USA vs. Serbia

Time: 2:30 pm EDT
TV: NBCSN
Live stream
 

Senegal vs. Canada

Time: 4:45 pm EDT
Live stream
 

 

Key matchups

USA vs. Serbia (women)

The United States women look to stay beaten in the Rio Olympics in a Group B match with Serbia. The U.S. team that has been simply dominant in their two wins and look to once again be an unstoppable force in the Olympics. Even with the outcome seemingly decided, the U.S. women play with a fantastic flair that is a joy to behold. Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, possibly playing in their final Olympics, are always worth tuning in for. 

Playing with a mix of fresh faces and veterans, the United States provides a glimpse at the future while staying true to their past. Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Breanna Stewart have all been impactful during the first two games and should continue to see expanded roles going forward. Still, Taurasi and Bird continue to be the heart and soul of this team. 

USA vs. Australia (men)

In a battle of the unbeatens, the U.S. and what could be their biggest threat on the road to the gold medal, Australia, hit the hardwood. Contrary to the United States’ high-flying ways, the Australian play a gritty, grind-it-out style and the clashing of the two should a fascinating spectacle. FULL PREVIEW