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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|O 165.5 (-121)
|U 165.5 (-110)
Iran showed that they are a strong team than they’re expected to be, but they are outmatched against the USA by a large margin. Iran’s size may cause the odd issue, but motivated after a loss the USA are sure to put on a winning performance.
USA def. Iran (-10000)
Over 165.5 (-121)
|USA vs Iran Information|
|Teams||USA vs Iran|
|Location||Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan|
|Time||12:40 AM EST, 28th July, 2021|
|How to Watch||NBC, NBC Sports, NBC Sports App|
|Gregg Popovich||Head Coach||Mehran Shahintab|
|0-1 (4th in Group A)||Standing||0-1 (3rd in Group A)|
|Lost 1||Form||Lost 1|
Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Holiday (18.0)||PPG||B. Yakhchalidehkordi (23.0)|
|B. Adebayo (10.0)||RPG||H. Haddadi (10.0)|
|J. Holiday (4.0)||APG||M. Jamshidijafarabadi (7.0)|
|B. Adebayo, D. Green (2.0)||SPG||M. Khahbahrami (3.0)|
|J. Tatum (2.0)||BPG||H. Haddadi (1.0)|
|D. Green (1.00)/B. Adebayo, J. Holiday (5.0)||FG%/FGM||A. Geramipoor (1.00)/B. Yakhchalidehkordi (9.0)|
|J. Holiday (.500)/J. Holiday, D. Lillard (3.0)||3P%/3PM||P. Jalalpoor (1.00)/M. Khahbahrami, B. Yakhchalidehkordi (2.0)|
It’s easy to criticize the United States for their opening game loss to France, but it’d be a disrespect to the growth of the world on the world basketball stage. However it is true that the United States needs to refocus and find themselves on the court.
In the USA’s 83-76 loss to France, it was a late 16-2 that sealed their fate. They’ll be facing a team of lesser talent in Iran, but the USA needs to use the match to improve their overall play.
USA Basketball shot just 36.2% from the field against France. They need to adjust to the regularity of size in the paint, something they won’t get a break from against Iranian giant Hamed Haddadi.
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWobUSA) July 25, 2021
On a team full of NBA All-Stars, Finals MVP’s, and champions, the one player that stood out for team USA was Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday.
The reigning NBA Champion led the USA in scoring with 18 on five of 13 shooting from the field. He also contributed seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, and committed just one turnover.
Holiday was steady running the team’s offense, despite being one of the last to join them in Tokyo. Despite struggling in the paint, his distribution and defense should help the USA get back in their shooting rhythm.
The Iranian team is severely outmatched when they face off against the USA Basketball team. However they are still areas in which they can fight, they just need to do it perfectly.
The star pairing of Behnam Yakhchalidehkordi and Hamed Haddadi represent a capable inside-out duo for Iran. Haddadi’s size combined with Yakhchalidehkordi’s offensive versatility can open up the court for Iran.
Head coach Mehran Shahintab has his hands full in this matchup. Their defense has nothing on the USA’s attack, but Iran can definitely surprise their opponents with their scoring.
— iranbasketball (@iranbasketball) July 24, 2021
Not much was expected of Iran when they entered this Olympic tournament, but in their first game against the Czech Republic, they showed their quality. Rostock Seawolves guard Behnam Yakhchalidehkordi was reliable for them on offense.
Yakhchalidehkordi led Iran with 23 points while also contributing four assists and three rebounds. While he is a solid three-point shooter, he showed fearlessness when attacking the rim.
He’ll be facing an even stronger defense in the United States, but his aggression drives the Iranian offense. While he’s unlikely to score as much this time out, his playmaking skills could be put on display.
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