Olympic Basketball TV Schedule: When and Where to Watch Men's Games on Day 6
Everything has gone according to plan for the United States and Spain through the first two games in the men's basketball tournament. The gold-medal-match favorites have each won both contests in convincing fashion.
The same can't be said for the second wave of contenders. Argentina and France are just 1-1 while Brazil is 2-0, but only by a combined nine points. Those teams will need to raise their level of play in order to match up with either Team USA or Spain.
Here's a look at the television schedule and a trio of players to watch for the third day of games on the men's side.
TV Schedule for Day 6 (All Times ET)
France vs. Lithuania – 4 a.m. on NBC Sports Network
Brazil vs. Russia – 11:30 a.m. on NBC Sports Network
United States vs. Nigeria – 5:15 p.m. on NBC Sports Network
All games are available on NBC Live Extra.
Players to Watch
Tony Parker (France)
Parker led France to an upset of Argentina and fellow San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili with 17 points and five assists. He'll need a similar performance on Thursday against Lithuania, a team with plenty of international experience.
France have a talented roster that's capable of making some noise in the tournament. Along with Parker, the squad features Nicolas Batum, Nando de Colo and Boris Diaw. The combination of Parker and Batum is especially tough to stop.
It's up to Parker to get his team to gel together before the knockout rounds. A game against the technically sound Lithuanians should go a long way in helping France get on the same page.
Which of these players will have the best game on Day 6?
Anthony Davis (United States)
Even though it didn't look like Davis would receive much playing time for the star-studded Americans, his performance might change that outlook. He scored 12 points in 14 minutes against Tunisia and fit in well with the quick pace.
The United States shouldn't have much trouble with Nigeria, which means Davis should get to see the floor quite a bit on Thursday. It's another chance for him to prove to the coaching staff that he's ready to play important minutes if necessary.
Tyson Chandler is the only true center on the roster. If he gets into foul trouble or suffers an injury, Davis will have to take on a much bigger role. So it's good for Team USA to see him playing well.
Marcelinho Huertas (Brazil)
Brazil were able to keep up with the United States during an Olympic tuneup game, losing by just 11 points. The Brazilians haven't shown that level of play since the Games began, however, and must find a way to elevate their game.
Huertas will be the driving force if that does happen. The 29-year-old point guard scored 13 points and dished out eight assists in the team's narrow victory over Great Britain. He missed all four of his three-point attempts, though.
Brazil is still in good shape in terms of the standings, but Thursday's clash against Russia is huge in terms of seeding. Huertas must step up if Brazil is going to improve their potential draw.
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