Things have not gone well for Nigeria's men's basketball team since defeating Tunisia what seems like forever ago.
The Nigerian team was embarrassed by Team USA in a 156-73 final score and then fell to Argentina two days after the United States game. France may not be as talented as the U.S. team, but an argument can be made its as talented as Argentina's.
Nigeria will play its third straight game against a top-three team in Group A and things will not be any easier this time around with Tony Parker's unit looking for its fourth Olympic victory.
Parker and new San Antonio Spurs teammate Boris Diaw will take the court against an Nigerian team who have just one NBA player on the roster and haven't scored more than 79 points in a game so far.
To be fair, France has scored over that mark just once in London, but only Team USA have been able to score more that that mark on the French.
This contest is a must-win for both sides as France will be looking to take its point total to nine while Nigeria could pull just one behind France's current total of seven with a victory.
Where: London, England
When: Monday, August 6 at 9:30 a.m. ET
TV: NBC Basketball
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com
Key Players to Watch
Aminu Al-Farouq, Nigeria
Al-Farouq is the only member of Nigeria's team that plays for an NBA team and he will need to use that experience to help his nation pull the upset over France.
The French have Parker, Diaw, Kevin Seraphin, Nicolas Batum and Ronny Turiaf who are all in the NBA and you can't ask for a much better veteran to lead a team than Parker.
Al-Farouq scored double-digits for Nigeria in every match so far except against the United States and Nigeria can't afford for him to do anything less in his contest.
Tony Parker, France
While Parker is the obvious choice when looking at the French unit, his performance is the most important out of anyone on the roster. Parker is the court general for France and if Nigeria is able to negate his effect on the game then France will be in trouble during this bout.
Parker needs to get somewhere in the 20-point range while continuing to get Batum involved who has been a huge point contributor for the French team as well. He is the centerpiece of this squad and if he's on the top of his game, it'll be difficult for Nigeria to win this one.
Prediction: France Wins
I like a good upset as much as the next guy, but Nigeria just hasn't shown enough during this tournament for me to feel confident in an upset happening here. Parker is one of the elite NBA talents over in London and his supporting cast has more experience against top-level competition than Nigeria's unit.
Since losing to Team USA in their first game of the Olympics tournament, the French have gone undefeated and beaten quality opponents like Lithuania and Argentina in the process. France simply has too much experience and too much talent to lose this contest.
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