The 2016 Summer Olympics Men’s Basketball competition will begin on Saturday August 6th and conclude with the Gold Medal game on Sunday August 21st. Let’s take a look at the favorites in the wagering to win Gold.
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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Team USA the -1200 favorite to win the tournament. The news leading up to the tournament are the names missing in Rio. LeBron James did not commit to representing the US at the games as did Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook. Notable cuts from the team were Dwight Howard, Rudy Gay and Kevin Love. New Golden St Warriors star Kevin Durant will play and figure to have an important role in regards to leadership on the team. The notable guards will be Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson. The three point shot in international play is located at a closer distance from the NBA. Thompson and Durant could lead the charge from beyond the arc. It will be interesting to see how Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will adapt to added minutes for Team USA. His game doesn’t fit the international style with the amount of three point shots attempted. Worry is he may become disinterested with few scoring and rebounding opportunities from the many perimeter shots taken. US were World Cup Champions in 2014.
The second favorite in the wagering is Spain who returns +1000 odds. Pau Gasol has confirmed that he will play in Rio despite worries about Zika Virus. His brother Marc is healing from a season ending injury in the NBA.
Host nation Brazil is third in the betting with a return of +2000 odds. They have had poor finishes in recent international competitions. Leonardo Barbosa, Nene and Anderson Varejao are the NBA talent leading the team.
Both Argentina and Lithuania will return +2500 odds. Team Argentina is long in the tooth with Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola and Andres Nocioni leaders on the team. Lithuania was second place finishers in the past two European Championships.
A longshot is Australia as they return +5000 odds. Andrew Bogut suffered a knee injury late in the playoffs. NBA notables include Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova.
A bet on the field returns +2500 odds. Serbia is the best of this bunch having come off a second place finish in the 2014 World Cup.