In a battle of two undefeated teams, through two games in group play, Spain and Brazil look to fight for Group A supremacy in a group play matchup later today at 4:00 p.m. (ET) in our FIBA World Cup Game of the Day.
Spain is coming off a 30-point win over Iran and an 37-point win over Egypt. The Spanish are led by the Gasol brothers, Marc and Pau, and have recently welcomed back Serge Ibaka back from injury. Ibaka returned with a bang, scoring 18 points and snagging eight rebounds in Spain’s blowout win over Egypt on Sunday.
On the other hand, Brazil has seem to hit its roll as of late. They’ve beaten a good France squad, 65-63 in Day 1, and topped Iran by 29 points on Sunday.
The Brazilians have been powered by great all-round play by Alex Garcia, Leandro Barbosa and Marcelinho Huertas. Up front, Brazil is led by Tiago Splitter and Anderson Varejao, who have combined to average 14 points and 13 rebounds through two games.
With a win, either team can take a huge step in winning this group. If anything, they’ll definitely be in the driver’s seat going forward.
Time: 4:00 p.m. (ET)
TV: Watch ESPN (Live); NBA TV (on tape delay) at 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Last Three Meetings
Brazil 88, Spain 82 — 2012
Spain 105, Brazil 89 — 2002
Spain 84, Brazil 67 — 2002
Players To Watch
Brazil — Leandro Barbosa, Alex Garcia, Marcelinho Huertas, Tiago Splitter
Prediction: Spain 85, Brazil 76