Olympic Basketball Vegas Odds: Men's Team USA Favorites to Win the Gold
Monday, July 23, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
The Americans have managed to win the gold medal in basketball at the Summer Olympics in four of the past five games – claiming the victory in each of 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2008, while settling for the bronze medal at the tournament in Athens in 2004.
And that has them as the 1/8 favorites on the Olympic Basketball Vegas Odds at Bovada Sportsbook to cruise to the gold medal in London this time around, with Spain next on that list at 13/2 odds, and both Argentina and France pegged at 28/1 odds.
The United States is the heavy chalk despite the fact they won't have all their top players at the Games this summer, with Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Chris Bosh and Blake Griffin all missing the tournament for the Americans with various injuries.
That still leaves the Americans heavy will All-Star players on their roster, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, along with top overall draft pick Anthony Davis – he is the replacement for the injured Griffin on the team.
The Spaniards have Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Jose Calderon from the NBA on their Olympic roster, and they'll be looking for revenge after falling to the Americans in the gold medal game in Beijing. Spain's last major international win came at the World Cup in 2006; the United States won that tournament in 2010.
Lithuania and Russia are both at 33/1 odds to win men's basketball gold, with Brazil and Greece at 40/1, Australia at 100/1, Puerto Rico at 150/1, Great Britain at 250/1, China at 400/1, and Tunisia at 1000/1.
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