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How They Got There
Lithuania finished fourth in Group A, after losing three games and winning two. It opened the tournament with a loss to Argentina but rebounded with a win against Nigeria.
Lithuania lost the next two games to France and the United States, surprisingly playing Team USA very tough throughout the game. The team beat Tunisia in the last group game to ensure its spot in the quarterfinals.
Russia has been the surprise team in the tournament, finishing first in Group B. Spain and Brazil were supposed to be the top teams to beat in the group. and Russia did in fact beat them both.
Russia opened the tournament with four straight wins, beating Great Britain, China, Brazil, and Spain. They lost to Australia in the final group game.
What to Expect
The Russia team has been firing on cylinders, playing great basketball as a team. The team got contributions from a bunch of different players during its hot streak to start the Olympic tournament.
Four players for Russia have averaged over 10 points per game, Andre Kirilenko (18.2), Aleksey Shved (12), Timofey Mozgov (11.8) and Vitaliy Fridzon (10.8). The core group of players will likely overpower an inferior Lithuanian team.
Lithuania has played tough, despite not having the same type of talent the top-tier teams in the tournament do. While Lithuania has played hard, they will be outmatched against a Russian team that looks to be contending for a medal.
Prediction: Russia 79-65 Lithuania