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USA Basketball vs. China men's national team preview and Olympic Basketball GameThread

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It counts now.

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The USA Basketball men's national team will play China for the third time in just a few weeks. This time, the game counts because it is in Olympic Group play.

They previously beat them twice in a two-week period on their home soil. The game is on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network or you can also watch it on a Live Stream on their website.

The USA played China twice in the friendlies last month. First, the United States beat China, 106-57 on July 24 in L.A. Just two days later, the Americans won again, 107-57 in Oakland. Given the margin of victory in those games, I expect a similar win as well.

Here are the other basketball games going on. Everything is available on NBC's Live Streams, but I'll note if it's also on TV somewhere within their family of networks.

Men's Basketball, Group A

Note that if I don't have a network listed, the game can be streamed via NBCOlympics.com OR it can be watched on the NBC Basketball Channel if your TV provider has it.

  • Australia vs. France, 1:15 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network - This should be a competitive match as Tony Parker faces off against Andrew Bogut.
  • Venezuela vs. Serbia, approximately 9:30 p.m. ET - I expect this to be a blowout in favor of the Serbs.

Women's Basketball, Group A

Note that if I don't have a network listed, the game can be streamed via NBCOlympics.com OR it can be watched on the NBC Basketball Channel if your TV provider has it.

  • Turkey vs. France, 11 a.m. ET - Mystics forward LaToya Sanders will play for the Turks as they face off against the Olympic silver medalists.
  • Brazil vs. Austrailia, 4:30 p.m. ET, USA - both teams have WNBA players on their teams and are among the world's best. This should be the most competitive game of the night.
  • Belarus vs. Japan, approximately 6:45 p.m. ET - Ramu Tokashiki plays for the Seattle Storm and will lead Japan in this match.

Women's Basketball, Group B

  • China vs. Canada, 1:15 p.m. ET - The Canadians have some WNBA talent. The Chinese don't. Expect this one to be a blowout in favor of our northern neighbors.