Men's Olympic Basketball Odds: USA Men's Basketball Given 87% Chance to Advance to Gold Medal Game
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- United States Men's Basketball a -670 favorite
As it often the case when USA basketball is on the international stage they are heavily favorites. Heading into the Olympics the men's basketball team is often a sure fire bet to bring home the gold. In the professional era, the team won the Olympic gold medal in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2016. Team USA are the three-time defending gold-medal winner.
Off to a shaky start in these Tokyo Olympics and following a disappointing 7th place finish in the 2019 FIBA Word Cup, their worse finish ever in an international tournament, this team has something left to prove.
In the quarterfinal Team USA overcame another slow start against Spain thanks to Kevin Durant, advancing to the Olympic men's basketball semifinal to face Australia. Kevin Durant continues building his case to go down as the best Olympic basketball player of all time. His length and shooting ability makes him overwhelming for other countries to guard. His shooting prowess helped Team USA overcome a 10-point deficit to beat Spain 95-81
Durant scored 29 points with 13 coming in the third quarter. This Olympics Durant has already passed Carmelo Anthony as the leading scorer in men's Olympic history and is on a quest to match Anthony's three gold medals.
Is this the possibly the first time since the 2004 Olympics in Athens that USA Men's basketball doesn't bring home Gold?
Team USA basketball got off to an auspicious start in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when they lost to France 83-76 in their opening game. It marked their first loss in the Olympic games since 2004 when they won the Bronze medal. Just as they did in those 2004 Olympics Team USA suffered losses early on.
Jayson Tatum has proven to be a weapon off of the bench as a scorer. He contributed 13 points in the 4th quarter to help overcome Spain in the quarterfinals.
In an exhibition game back in June, Team USA lost to Australia 91-83 in Las Vegas. It marked the second loss in a row now to Australia as they now face each other in the semifinal round of the Olympics.
Australia has seven new players and have changed coaches twice in the past two years. Their best player, Ben Simmons, chose not to play in the Olympics.
The days of Team USA being able to go out and win on a bad day with an average performance are behind us. The number of countries that now boast a starting lineup filled out by NBA players are here. Australia has NBA players Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova, Matthias Thybulle, Aaron Baynes, and Dante Exum.
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Olympic Men's Basketball Odds: Gold Medal Odds
Going into the semifinals of the 2021 Olympics, the top favorites are USA, France, Slovenia, and Australia
Team USA is still the favorite to win Gold at -280.
Team USA -280
Men's Olympic Basketball Schedule
Saturday July 24
Group A: Czech Republic 84, Iran 78
Sunday July 25
Group B: Italy 92, Germany 82
Group B: Australia 84, Nigeria 67
Group A: France 83, United States 76
Monday July 26
Group C: Slovenia 118, Argentina 100
Group C: Spain 88, Japan 77
Tuesday July 27
Group B: Germany 99, Nigeria 92
Wednesday July 28
Group A: United States 120, Iran 66
Group B: Australia 86, Italy 83
Group A: France 97, Czech Republic 77
Thursday July 29
Group C: Slovenia 116, Japan 81
Group C: Spain 81, Argentina 71
Friday July 30
Group A: France 79, Iran 62
Saturday July 31
Group B: Italy 80, Nigeria 71
Group B: Australia 89, Germany 76
Group A: United States 119, Czech Republic 84
Sunday Aug. 1
Group C: Argentina 97, Japan 77
Group C: Slovenia 95, Spain 87
Monday, Aug. 2
Slovenia 94, Germany 70
Tuesday, Aug. 3
United States 95, Spain 81
France 84, Italy 75
Australia 97, Argentina 59
Thursday, Aug. 5
United States vs. Australia (12:15 a.m. ET)
France vs. Slovenia (7:00 a.m. ET)
Gold-medal and bronze-medal games
Team USA Roster - Men's Basketball
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets
Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks
Keldon Johnson, San Antonio Spurs
Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
*Bradley Beal and Kevin Love were previously on the roster, but Beal was forced out due to COVID-19 protocols and Love withdrew from the roster after training camp and early exhibition games. They were replaced by Johnson and McGee.*