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Spain-France / Serbia-Croatia Game Thread

With victories today, Philadelphia 76ers’ forward Dario Saric and guard Sergio Rodriguez can lead their respective teams to the Olympic semifinals.

Olympics: Basketball-Men's Team-Preliminary Round ESP vs BRA Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

With the preliminary round of the Olympic mens' basketball tournament squarely in the rearview mirror, the final eight teams are set to do battle down in Rio for the right to make the quarterfinals.

The highlight of today's action is yet another chapter in a spirited rivalry between Serbia and Croatia that has lasted more than a generation. In the latest matchup, Dario Saric (12.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 3.6 APG) figures to have his hands full as he squares off against talented Denver Nuggets' forward Nikola Jokic.

While the eyes of Sixers' fans have been focused on the man affectionately known as "The Homie", Saric's teammate - Bojan Bogdanovic - has arguably been the best player in the Olympics so far. The 27-year-old shooting guard is averaging a tournament-best 24.8 PPG while shooting better than 51 percent from the floor and nearly 44 percent from beyond the arc.

A few hours before that game, we'll get to see Spain and France do battle for a chance to move onto the Olympic version of the Final Four. Philadelphia 76ers' point guard Sergio Rodriguez should have ample chance to shine in a matchup full of NBA talent. He'll be charged with containing France's Tony Parker, who should be back in action after missing his team's contest against the United States due to a nagging toe injury.

For what it's worth, the last time these two teams squared off in the Olympics, Nicolas Batum went full Draymond on Juan Carlos Navarro. For the record, you should never go full Draymond.

Spain-France tips off at 1:30 PM ET (USA Network,, while Croatia and Serbia face off at 9:15 PM ET (NBC Sports Network,

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