When and Where to Watch Team USA vs France Gold Medal Match at Tokyo Olympics 2020?

Published 08/06/2021, 4:35 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 25, 2021. Jayson Tatum of the United States in action with Evan Fournier of France REUTERS/Brian Snyder


The US Men’s Basketball Team is back on track at the Tokyo Olympics. After a rocky start, Kevin Durant led Team USA to the gold medal match that’s scheduled against France. Their opponents will pose a tough challenge similar to their first match together. However, this time it’s a make-or-break moment for Gregg Popovich’s stacked roster.

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Team USA attracted immense hype prior to the start of the 2020 Olympic Games. primarily directed to the star-studded including Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, and others. To everyone’s surprise, Team USA slipped in two exhibition match losses. Adding to the misery, France defeated them in a shocking opening game by 83-76.

Ever since then, they bounced back with victories against Iran (120-66) and the Czech Republic (119-84). Eventually, Team USA locked horns with Spain and Australia in the knockout stage and raced past them.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Semifinal – United States v Australia – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 5, 2021. Dante Exum of Australia in action with Edrice Adebayo of the United States and Kevin Durant of the United States Pool via REUTERS/Gregory Shamus

When are where to watch the Team USA vs France Finals?

The USA will lock horns with France in the gold medal match. This power-packed final is on Friday, August 6, 2021, at 10:30 p.m. ET. The game will air live on NBC and NBC Sports App.

Kevin Durant has led his team with example during this Olympic Games. Averaging 19 points per game, he recently became the all-time leading Olympics scorer for U.S. men’s basketball, surpassing Carmelo Anthony. In their last match against Australia, Durant put up a game-high 23 points to win the match 97-78.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – United States v Iran – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 28, 2021. Kevin Durant of the United States celebrates scoring a three pointer with Draymond Green of the United States REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The French team, led by Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier, and Nicolas Batum, have been on a winning streak in Tokyo so far. They advanced after defeating Luka Doncic’s army, Slovenia. In a neck-to-neck semifinal matchup, France beat Slovenia 90-89 to reserve a spot against Team USA.

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What to expect from this matchup?

Both the teams are going headstrong, however, France holds a primary advantage of defeating USA in the former match. On the other hand, Team USA holds a bucket full of experience and talent that is tough to manipulate.

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Will France be able to defeat a pack of NBA superstars in the high-intensity Finals? Or will Team USA bring the fourth consecutive Olympic gold home?

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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