Four teams have reached the quarterfinals of the Men’s Basketball competition and today will be decided which teams advance and which will have to settle for the bronze medal. The United States faces Argentina again after they thrashed the South Americans in the group stage and the bookmakers are offering these small odds for the favorites. The match between Spain and Russia is more balanced, but the Iberian team is credited with the first chance of moving further.

Favorites to cover the gap

Last time the Americans played against Argentina, they secured a comfortable 29 points victory which leaves no doubts about the direction in which tonight’s fixture with advance. The question punters ask themselves is whether the United States with replicate that performance and win by at least 24 points. This value is not an arbitrary, because Bet365 offers 1.95 odds for this spread which is the only reasonable that one can make on this match. Lebron James gets another chance to prove his worth, after Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams scored more points than he did in the semifinals.

If the Americans have a good chance of covering the spread, the confrontation between Spain and Russia promises to be a much tighter one. The odds are the same but Bet365 will reward those who back Spain all the way, only if the favorites win by at least six points. Don’t be fooled by the fact that Russia won the group stage and defeated today’s rivals, because Marc and Pau Gasol are in excellent form and the Eastern Europeans don’t really have a counter against them. Instead of settling for the low odds offered for a straight victory, punters are advised to go for the spread with confidence.

Less defense, more points scored

Another take at today’s matches imply the betting on games totals and the difference between these fixtures is considerable. It might seem difficult for more than 196,5 points to be scored in the match between the United States and Argentina, but this is exactly what happened the last time they met. It is impressive that the South Americans managed to score close to 100 points, and it’s hard to believe that they will turn to a defensive tactic overnight.

Bet365 offers the same odds for the game to those in the other semifinal, only this time it is enough for 151 points to be scored for the bet to be settled as a winner. So far more than 151 points have been scored in all of Spain’s games including the confrontation with Russia in the group stage. Both teams have players capable of scoring a lot in the last quarter, so the Over 150,5 bet looks like a smart choice.