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Spain-Brazil loser has easier path

Updated: August 6, 2012, 9:14 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

LONDON -- The United States and Argentina are ready to rekindle one of the fiercest rivalries in international basketball, but no game on Monday's schedule will be scrutinized more than the Spain-Brazil matchup that precedes Team USA's Group A finale.

That's because Spain and Brazil both appear to have great incentive to lose in their final installment of men's Olympic basketball pool play.

The winner of the Spain-Brazil encounter would finish second in Group B and advance to a likely ...

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