Team USA opened Olympic play with a disappointing loss to France, but they were able to bounce back with a monster win over Iran. Now, they’ll be looking for their second straight victory when they take on the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic enters the contest having also defeated Iran and lost to France in their first two games.
The 12 teams that are competing in the Olympics are split into three groups and every team within a group faces the other three teams from the group for a total of three games in the group stage. The teams that finish in first and second place from each group will advance into the quarterfinals, along with the two best third-place teams overall. The game between the U.S. and the Czech Republic is the final game of group play for this foursome. With a victory, Team USA will secure its spot in the knockout stage, which will run from Aug. 3-7, and the same could be said for the Czech Republic.
Unlike Team USA, whose roster is comprised entirely of NBA players, the Czech Republic has just one current NBA player on its roster — Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky. The team has also former Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets big man Jan Veselý. Given the talent disparity between the two teams, the U.S. enters the contest as an overwhelming favorite.
Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup between the United States and the Czech Republic.