Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are just a few of the NBA superstars that traveled to London with the United States’ Olympic team to claim the gold medal. So far the Americans had no rivals and hope to win the group tonight in a confrontation with the runner ups. In group B, Russia eventually prevailed even though the Europeans lost the final game against Australia at the buzzer.
A bridge too far
The confrontation between Argentina and the United States will conclude the group stage but despite the minimal difference in the standings, the Americans are vastly superior. Most bookmakers are reluctant to offer odds for a moneyline victory but those who direly need a connector bet can find that at Bet365 who prices the United States at 1.01. Common sense will prevent most punters from taking such odds, so the decision is whether to back the Americans to cover the 23 points spread or not.
Against France and Tunisia, the United States easily covered that spread and in the confrontation with Nigeria they scored twice as much as their opponents. The match against Lithuania is the one generating more questions, because the Europeans got away with a narrow defeat by only five points. Given the fact that Argentina won the game with Lithuania comfortably, we’d be tempted to trust the South Americans to preserve this advantage. Furthermore, the United States are more concerned about the upcoming game so they won’t aim for a wide margin victory at all costs, which suddenly makes the 1.90 odds acceptable.
One final warm-up for the quarterfinals
Despite the fact that Russia won group B, they didn’t prevailed in a convincing fashion and the difference between them and Spain or Brazil is less significant than the leader board suggests. These two countries will meet each other for a final warm-up before the quarterfinals, but the stakes are low hence no team will show its true colors. Seven points are enough to grant them a place into the next stage regardless of what happens in the lopsided game between Great Britain and China.
The bookmakers are regarding Spain as favorite to win, which is not surprising but the odds show little value therefore they are not worth pursuing. The five points spread is as tricky as ever and for the same odds of 1.90 it is better to choose the games totals bet, more precisely the over 149,5. Since there is nothing to win or lose in this game, it is very likely that the teams will leave their guard down and play a more offensive basketball which should trigger a higher number of points scored.