The action is heating up below the equator, as Rio 2016 is in full swing! The U.S. Men’s basketball team takes on Venezuela on Aug. 8 in a group stage match and HollywoodLife.com wants you to see. Click to watch.
Only in the fiery country of Brazil can basketball fans find action this hot, as some of the world’s greatest ballers are bringing it to Rio 2016. Team USA is going for their 15th gold medal, while the Venezuelans are looking to make it out of the Group Stage alive. When these two teams clash on Aug. 8, will La Vinotinto de las Alturas be able to upset the Yanks? The game kicks off at 6:00 PM ET so be ready to watch every thrilling second.
Fans can watch the game via NBC’s official Olympic Live Stream (after they enter their cable/satellite information.) CLICK HERE TO WATCH USA VS VENEZUELA MEN’S BASKETBALL LIVE STREAM
Can any country beat America’s dream team? With Carmelo Anthony, 32, leading Kevin Durant, 27, Draymond Green, 26, Klay Thompson, 26, and other players who aren’t Golden State Warriors, the Americans are expected to positively dominate the tournament. Could Melo get his fourth Olympic medal (and possibly his third gold?)
Venezuela comes into the Rio 2016 games as the 2016 FIB Americas Champions, and this is the first time the team has qualified for the Olympic games since 1992, per SB Nation. They managed to win the tournament after suffering losses to Canada, Mexico, Uruguay and Argentina in the group stage, but they somehow clawed their way to the gold medal.
Despite this apparent run of success, the team is not expected to go far in Rio. Venezuelan player Greivis Vasquez, 29, of the Brooklyn Nets is out and the remaining squad has a very poor record on the world stage. The last time they made it to the FIBA World Championship was ten years ago in 2006, where they finished 23 out of 24. Will they have better success in Rio 2016, or will this meeting with the Dream Team turn out to be a nightmare?
Who do you think will win this game, HollywoodLifers? Will USA dominate or will Venezuela be the Cinderella story of the 2016 Olympics?