SportsBook: Team USA vs Argentina

Team USA advances to the semifinals today and they will be facing a familiar foe in a group from Argentina. The opening tipoff in North Greenwich Arena is scheduled for 4:00ET and you can see all the action nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

The Americans and Argentinians have matched up three times in the past twenty days. This is also the third consecutive Olympic semifinals meeting between these two teams. On July 22, the United States defeated Argentina in an exhibition game by the score of 86-80. That was the closest margin of victory by Team USA in the practice contests.

Lithuania got within 5 points in game four of the tournament, one game prior to the U.S. dismantling Argentina 126-97. In that one, the Americans led by just one point at the half, 60-59. Check the Sportsbook Lines for the 2012 Olympic Games.

In the third quarter, Team USA netted 42 points which included five from beyond the arc by Kevin Durant. He finished with 8 threes in 10 attempts and lead the team in scoring with 28 points. A total of 6 Team USA members scored in double digits and all 12 players appeared in the scoring column. As a team, they shot 51 percent from the field and 80 percent from the charity stripe which was a U.S. Olympics record.

The Americans come into this one after defeating Australia 119-86 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Today's game will once again feature Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola for Argentina, who will also have starting point guard Pablo Prigioni back after he missed the previous game versus the United States.

Carlos Delfino will be there and you know Andres Nocioni will be mixing it up with someone. LeBron, Kobe and Melo must maintain their composure and just play their game. Start your Sportsbook action on the 2012 Olympic Games.

Argentina is an older squad, but with age comes experience and craftiness, so the Americans cannot take this one lightly. If they do, they could fall victim to Argentina as the U.S. team did in 2004. I'm not predicting that, I'm just saying. Team USA is a 24 point favorite to advance to the Gold medal game. The over/ under is 195.5 total points.

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