The US managed a 15 point win against Lithuania.  My prediction was 9, and it would have been 9 or even closer if not for the US shutting down Linas Klieza, who has had his way with everyone else.  Durant also had a monster game with 38 points, and Odom notched a double double (13 pts, 10 rebs).  Turkey will present a different set of problems.  They have a great perimeter game with Turkoglu leading the offense, and can also dump it inside to Ilyasova or Asik.  Ilyasova, a forward for the Milwaukee Bucks, is leading the Turks in scoring at 14.3 ppg, and will probably be the defensive assignment of either Durant or Iguodala.  It would make sense for it to be Iguodala, so Durant can be saved for offensive duties.  Coach K has been playing his bench liberally, but I would be surprised to see Durant play any less than 35 minutes in the championship game.  He has been far and away the best player for the US and whether or not they can win the gold medal depends on how well he performs.

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While USA should have an easy win in game 1 of the Elimination round, Brazil will likely be in a war with Argentina
Here is a match up analysis and recap of the games for the top teams in the tournament.  There have been some surprises so far, but overall the US team is still the odds on favorite at this point.  For those of you who made dark horse bets on Brazil, Lithuania, and Serbia — Congrats.  All three are looking like they have a legitimate shot at winning this thing.  That said, let’s breakdown the matchups with some picks now that the tournament is rolling and pool play is through.  All FIBA betting lines for this article were taken from Bookmaker and Bodog.

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USA basketball Vs Croatia
The USA squad is favored by 23 points over Croatia
On Saturday, Team USA will look to defend the gold medal they won two summers ago at Sydney in their opening game in the 2010 FIBA World Championships against Croatia. Let’s take a look at the game and its odds as the opening tip approaches.

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The FIBA world championships could be Derrick Rose's coming out party.
Part II FIBA World Championships, taking a look at the players and odds for some of the teams in Groups C & B.

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