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USA vs Australia Olympic Quarterfinal: Start Time, Live Stream, TV Info and More

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06:  Kevin Durant #5 of United States high five Anthony Davis #14 against Argentina during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012  in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IAugust 7, 2012

Team USA (5-0) has moved on to the knockout stages of the 2012 London Olympic basketball tournament and faces Australia (3-2) in the quarterfinals.

After having relatively no problem in the first five games (minus a scare against Lithuania over the weekend), the Americans look poised to continue dominating the opposition.

On paper, this is a one-sided affair that should end in the reigning gold medalists’ favor, but anything could happen once the Boomers take the floor.

Keep reading to find out when and where to catch this important playoff contest, the key players to watch and a prediction on who will win.

 

 

When: Wednesday, August 8 at 5:15 p.m. ET

Where: North Greenwich Arena, London, England

Watch: NBC Sports Network, NBC Basketball

Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com

 

 

Rosters and Depth Chart

 

USA

Point Guard

Chris Paul

Deron Williams

Russell Westbrook

Shooting Guard

Kobe Bryant

Andre Iguodala

James Harden

Small Forward

Kevin Durant

Carmelo Anthony

 

Power Forward

LeBron James

Kevin Love

 

Center

Tyson Chandler

Anthony Davis

 

 

Australia

Point Guard

Patrick Mills

Adam Gibson

 

Shooting Guard

Matthew Dellavedova

Brad Newley

Peter Crawford

Small Forward

Joe Ingles

Mark Wothington

David Barlow

Power Forward

David Andersen

Matthew Nielsen

 

Center

Aleks Maric

Aron Baynes

 

 

 

Most Important Player to Watch: Kevin Durant

The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar cannot miss this summer.

Durant has lit it up in London—perhaps partly due to the shorter international three-point line and potentially a credit to his resolve after losing in the NBA Finals against teammate LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

Whatever it is, the Americans are lucky are to have him.

Team USA would not be nearly as dangerous if they did not have the length and long-range shooting ability of KD. The starting SF piled up 28 points in the last group stage game against Argentina and managed to drain five treys in the third quarter to put the contest out of reach.

 

 

Key Matchup: Patty Mills and Matt Dellavedova vs. USA defense.

Mills and Dellavedova are the two most dangerous weapons that the Aussies possess.

The former has NBA experience with the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs, while the latter has been playing for an NCAA tournament-tested St. Mary’s (CA) squad.

Both guards are adept scorers and willing passers, and they will need to exploit a sometimes-lackadaisical Team USA perimeter D. 

The two young Boomers will need to combine to have the game of their lives in order to even have a shot at beating the Americans in this quarterfinal matchup.

 

 

Prediction: USA 105 – Australia 70

The United States roster—chock full of NBA superstars—is simply too good to lose to the Boomers. They outmatch them at every single position and have too much pride to even let this knockout game remain close following the opening tip.

Should the Aussies squeak out a win, it would be considered one of the biggest upsets in international basketball history. It’s simply not happening.

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