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Basketball World Cup Begins

Basketball World Cup Begins

Posted by Juan Gavasa on August 30, 2014

The 2014 Basketball World Cup begins on Saturday in Spain with 12 matches between the 24 participating national teams. The key games of the opening day will be Argentina against Puerto Rico and Brasil against France.

Brasil’s game is based on its three talls from the NBA: Tiago Splitter, Nene Hilario, and Anderson Varejao. They can make the difference in the game against France, who has some key players injured. Puerto Rico has won its last two games against Argentina, the last one was played just two weeks ago. Both teams have powerful players, but Argentina's golden age is passing, and its key players are getting on.

Mexico’s national team, who won the last Centro-basketball tournament, will rely on power forward Gustavo Ayon to defeat the strong Lithuania. The two favorites are the U.S. and the hosts Spain. The U.S. team lost some key players in the preparation games, such as NBA stars Kevin Durant and Paul George.

Spain has an experienced team lead by the power forward Pau Gasol, who recently signed with Chicago Bulls. Other great NBA Spanish players are Serge Ibaka, Ricky Rubio, and Marc Gasol. Both have easy games in the opening day, U.S. will face Finland and Spain will play against Iran.

 
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