FIBA World Cup 2014: Day 3 Schedule and Predictions After Day 2 Group Results

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FIBA World Cup 2014: Day 3 Schedule and Predictions After Day 2 Group Results
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None of the results from Day 2 were especially shocking at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. The United States and Spain continued to look a cut above the rest of the world with easy wins on Sunday.

While a few minor tests might be in store for both teams, there's no reason to believe the two favorites won't ultimately be battling for the gold medal at tournament's end.

Here's a look at the Day 3 schedule and predictions for the action in Spain.

 

Croatia vs. Senegal

Senegal grabbed its first win in the World Cup since 1998 on Sunday against Puerto Rico. 

Led by Mouhammad Faye, who scored 20 points, and Gorgui Dieng, who had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, the Senegalese were too tough on the inside for Puerto Rico.

Against Croatia, they won't have a size advantage. The Croatians have six players on its roster who measure 6'10" or bigger, as well as two who are currently on NBA rosters (New Jersey Nets' Bojan Bogdanovic and Indiana Pacers' Damjan Rudez). There are also two highly touted prospects with NBA futures.

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The Orlando Magic used the 12th pick in the 2014 NBA draft to select Dario Saric and Mario Hezonja is listed as the No. 8 prospect in the 2015 draft by NBADraft.net.

With this much talent, it'll be difficult for Senegal to find its second win on Monday. 

Croatia will win by 18 points.

 

Iran vs. Serbia

After two straight blowouts at the hands of Spain and Brazil in its first two games, Iran may have a chance to at least stay within 15 points of Serbia.

The latter boasts a team with former NBA player Nenad Krstic, Bogdan Bogdanovic and current Milwaukee Bucks big man Miroslav Raduljica.

There's more than enough talent on the Serbia side to keep Iran winless.

Serbia will win by 18-20 points.

 

Argentina vs. Philippines

The Philippines lack size aside from Brooklyn Nets' star Andray Blatche and the 24-year-old June Mar Fajardo. That won't play well against the physical and aggressive Argentinians.

Luis Scola of the Indiana Pacers and former NBA player Andres Nocioni should each have their way in the paint and on the defensive glass.

Unless the Philippines get hot from three-point range, it's hard to see them winning.

Argentina will win by 15 points.

 

France vs. Egypt

Fans may be sleeping on the French team more than any other in any bracket at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Anchored by Portland Trail Blazers swingman Nicolas Batum and versatile big Boris Diaw from the San Antonio Spurs, there's a good amount of skill, talent, experience and athleticism.

After splitting two close contests between Brazil and Serbia, France should win this one handily. The Egyptians play hard, but they can't match the size and skill of the French.

This will be one of the more lopsided games of the day.

France will win by 25 points.

 

Puerto Rico vs. Greece

While the Puerto Rican squad has solid guards with Minnesota Timberwolves spark plug J.J. Barea and former NBA player Carlos Arroyo, it lacks elite size with only a handful of players over 6'9".

Greece is undefeated and it boasts a wealth of long and physical players.

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Couple that with the all-around explosiveness from Milwaukee Bucks budding star Giannis Antetokounmpo, and this team has a chance to threaten for a bronze medal.

Greece will win by 15 points.

 

Brazil vs. Spain

Last but not least, it is the newest episode of the Brazil-Spain rivalry. It seems these two countries go at it in all sports, and basketball is no exception.

Both come into the game undefeated. Spain has beaten its opponents by an average of 33.5 points, but Brazil has had a tougher time in its two games.

Brazil squeaked by France 65-63, but it beat Iran by 29 points. In comparison, Spain dropped the Iranians by 30. Is that an accurate measurement of the talent of these two teams? It could be.

Spain looks to have a roster bested only by Team USA. The vast majority of the players on the Spanish roster have played, are currently playing, or were drafted by a team in the NBA. Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls and his brother, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, anchor the middle with Oklahoma City Thunder star Serge Ibaka.

On the perimeter, the Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio runs the show. The team is stacked. Brazil's roster is good as well, led by Washington Wizards center Nene, but it is no match for Spain. 

Spain will win by 14 points.

 

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