Early on Monday morning, the United States women's basketball team will conclude the group stage portion of its Olympics schedule with a matchup against France. The Americans currently lead Group B and have already qualified for the knockout stage, but are still playing for seeding.
In the first two games in Tokyo, Team USA beat Nigeria and Japan to extend its incredible Olympics winning streak to 51 games. Neither was particularly easy, however, and it seems that the quest for a historic seventh straight gold medal may be more challenging than it has been in the past.
Still, the Americans are massive favorites to take home the gold. Ahead of their final group stage game, here's everything you need to know:
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United States vs. France
- Date: Monday, Aug. 2 | Time: 12:40 a.m. ET
- Location: Saitama Super Arena -- Saitama, Japan
- TV: USA | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
- Odds (via William Hill Sportsbook): USA -1000; France +650 | Spread: USA -13.5 | O/U: 155.5
Team USA: The Americans have already qualified for the group stage, but there's still plenty for them to play for against France. First off, is seeding. They can still finish anywhere between first and third -- though the latter would be extremely unlikely -- in the group depending on the result of their game and the matchup between Japan and Nigeria. In addition, they'll have a chance to extend their Olympics winning streak to 52 games, and will want to go into the knockout stage on a high note.
France: The French have made it to the medal rounds in the last two Olympics, but they still have some work to do if they want to extend that streak. Heading into the final group stage games, France is sitting in third place behind Team USA and Japan, but like the Americans they can still finish anywhere from first to third. They'll need to pull off a huge upset to win the group or finish second, however. The good news is if they do lose and finish third, they could still qualify depending on results in other groups.
France is a serious team, but Team USA is double-digit favorites for a reason. It hasn't even been at its best yet and has still recorded comfortable wins in each of the first two games. We'll take Team USA to put it all together and cover the big spread in this one. Pick: Team USA