Boomers, Australia to face Argentina, basketball Team USA

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The next stage of the Boomers’ quest for Olympic gold has been revealed, with Australia scheduled to face Argentina on Tuesday night in the quarter-finals.

The match-up was decided following tonight’s top-eight draw.

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The Boomers will head into the knockout stages following a perfect start to their Olympics campaign, with wins against Nigeria, Italy and Germany.

And they will be the favourites to win the match as they come up against an Argentinian squad who squeezed into the quarters with only one win from their three games during the pool stages.

The Boomers are also coming off a recent win against Argentina, in which veteran point guard and Australian flagbearer Patty Mills drained a three-point buzzer-beater to win the match during the Olympic warm-up matches.

The match is scheduled for 10pm AEST on Tuesday.

But should the Australians win their quarter-finals clash, it’s likely they will come against gold-medal favourites Team USA in the semi-finals, who are scheduled to face Spain in their quarter-finals clash. A semi-finals loss will result in a place in the bronze medal match.

Team USA is coming off back-to-back blowout wins against Iran and the Czech Republic.

While the USA’s roster may bolster the likes of NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum and Damian Lillard to name a few, the Americans have shown they’re not unbeatable this year.

Last month Australia famously defeated the USA by eight points during the Olympic warm-up matches, while America also lost to Nigeria during that same exhibition campaign.

The USA also opened their Tokyo campaign with a shock loss to France before finding their groove.

The Boomers are chasing an Olympic medal after they controversially lost to Spain in a final second heartbreak during the bronze medal match in Rio 2016.

On the other side of the draw, Italy will face France, while Slovenia and Germany will clash.

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