We love international basketball and it doesn’t get much better than Olympic Men’s basketball.
Team USA is out to win another gold medal, but looking to score an upset are the likes of Australia, Spain, Slovenia and Nigeria.
The United States is the firm favourite to win, but with recent losses to Australia and Nigeria, there is cause for concern.
We look at the best value bets for the Olympic competition.
Men’s Basketball Predictions
Olympic Basketball Top Pick – USA
We don’t like picking Team USA to win the gold medal, but they are the best team in the competition and the roster is outstanding.
Recent exhibition losses to Nigeria and Australia came as a shock, but it could be the best thing to have happened to them.
They are the 15-time gold medal winners at the Olympics and although they didn’t win in 1988 and 2004, they are 24-0 since.
It comes as no surprise that they’re the favourites to win at $1.25. It’s actually a good quote for the United States, who are typically around $1.10 to win gold.
The roster features all the best NBA players, including Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Zach LaVine, Damian Lillard and Jayson Tatum. Beating a team with that roster isn’t easy, and although recent losses were poor, it came soon after a tiring NBA season.
With a few weeks to rest, we expect USA to knuckle down and not take anything for granted. Making the finals isn’t difficult as they have France, Czech Republic and Iran in their group.
Take the $1.25 and include it in your Olympic multi bets.
Bet: USA @ $1.25
Olympic Basketball Next Best – Australia
If there was ever a chance for Australia to win gold, it’s at Tokyo. They defeated Team USA in a recent exhibition and the NBA players are in good form.
Featuring on the Australia roster are the likes of Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, Aron Baynes, Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Josh Green and defensive star Matisse Thybulle.
Also featuring are NBL superstars Chris Goulding, Jock Landale and Nathan Sobey, so it’s a packed roster and good enough to rival the United States.
Having international coach Brian Goorjian coaching is a bonus and he took an Illawarra Hawks team to the finals in the NBL this season.
There is a better team cohesion with Australia than the Americans. It’s more about playing as a unit as opposed to stat filling, so we like their chances of winning either a silver or gold medal.
Australia is $1.45 to win their group, which also features Nigeria, Italy and Germany. Nigeria could pose a threat, but Australia has class and they should progress easily.
Punters could take the $6 for Australia to win gold or go with the easier option of picking Australia to win Group B.
Bet: Australia @ $6
Olympic Basketball Group C Winner – Spain
Spain is the current $1.74 favourite to win Group 3, which features Slovenia, Argentina and Japan.
We like the Spaniards to progress to the finals, and although Slovenia has a good record at the Olympics, the experience is with Spain.
Boasting household names such as Pau Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Marc Gasol and Willy Hernangomez, Spain has a formidable roster.
They won consecutive silver medals in 2008 and 2012 before winning the bronze in 2016. There is plenty to like about this team and we wouldn’t overlook the $12 odds to win the gold medal. However, there is better value to win Group 3.
$1.74 is worth taking in the men’s Olympic basketball markets.
Bet: Spain @ $1.74
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.