The bronze medal game between Jordan and New Zealand will not merely be a consolation match since a medal would mean a lot to both countries.
Jordan certainly deserve to take home a medal for what they have demonstrated thus far. Jordan were in their peak at the start of the previous decade, winning the bronze medal in 2009 and coming in second place just two years later, but they were unable to maintain their composure against Lebanon after two incredible comeback victories against Taiwan and Iran.
New Zealand persisted in making little inroads into Australia's advantage because they would not concede easily. In the fourth quarter, they were able to reduce the lead to only two points, but the Boomers prevented them from recovering and promptly won the game. Their victory over the seasoned Korean team, which they won 88:78, was their greatest performance of the competition.
Although New Zealand have a slim lead, it would be foolish to wager against Jordan at this time. We will support them to cover the spread when they face the tournament's youngest squad since their lineup includes two naturalised players in addition to all the essential domestic players.
Pick: Jordan +8.5